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.
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.
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 dictionary.com chose "misinformation." But there's another buzzword that's just as relevant this year that neither chose: civility.
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?