"People love to watch the car crash" of divisive politics. But Project Divided co-founders Casey Moore and Marley Duchovnay also believe most Americans want similar things and cannot be easily categorized by political labels.
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The co-founders of a nonprofit encouraging civil conversation across political divides spent several months in Smithville, Texas to put some of their online work into practice in the community. They say their thinking has shifted about how to help a polarized electorate come together.

Marley Duchovnay and Casey Moore are from the East Coast. They chose Smithville, Texas, as the home for Project Divided to move outside their comfort zones, just as they encourage people to do in converstions with those holding different political views.
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When two 2019 college grads from the East Coast noticed a lack of important — and civil — conversations about critical issues, they decided to help make those conversations happen. And what better place to do that, they figured, than Texas.

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"We need each other in ways that we are not always willing to admit," says Baylor University English professor and Austin-based writer and preacher Greg Garrett.

Why Incivility Is A Symptom Of A Much Bigger Problem

Dec 27, 2018
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From Texas Standard:

This week, Merriam-Webster deemed "justice" its 2018 word of the year. Two other dictionary publishers chose words of the year that seem a bit bleak by comparison: Oxford chose "toxic," while chose "misinformation." But there's another buzzword that's just as relevant this year that neither chose: civility.

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There is an old adage about conversations to avoid in "polite company." Politics and religion top that list. But given what is in these news these days, that is not really possible. So, is it possible to keep things civil while agreeing to disagree about politics?