PRODUCTIVE
DISCOURSE

In Focus

"See more clearly when you are informed"

Key Terms You Should Know

Empathy:

Awareness of others' feelings in a particular situation.

Graciousness:

A generosity of spirit including benevolence, courteousness, and kindness toward others.

Provisionalism:

Engaging in dialogue with a willingness to listen to other perspectives, gain new knowledge, be challenged, and possibly even be persuaded.

Self-Awareness:

Awareness of one's own personality, attitude, behaviors, and privilege.

Magnanimity:

The ability to bear trouble calmly and to refrain from meanness and pettiness.

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Moments In History

1748 - By 16 George Washington wrote out the 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior.

1964 - The Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination and guarantees the right to equality.

2021 - Each year Thanksgiving is an ideal time to practice productive discourse.

1963 - Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech advocated for productive discourse.

2004 - Facebook introduced a new productive and not-so-productive discourse opportunity.

Statistics

The Pew Research Center reported that 45% of people have stopped talking to someone they know about politics.

68% of people believe incivility is a "major" problem, according to a study conducted in 2019 by public affairs firm Powell Tate.

As of 2020, Emojipedia noted that were were 3,521 emojis to express what you are thinking or feeling in Unicode Emoji 14.0.

In their classic 1984 study, Stafford & Daly found that within 10 minutes of a conversation people recall only 10% of what was said and the rest of their recollection reflects what was expected to be said.

113% of people misrepresent statistics when trying to make a point.

Values

Active Listening

Evidence Based Discussion

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Benefit of the Doubt

Civility

Finding Common Ground

Notable Names

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Henry Clay

Nelson Mandela

Oprah Winfrey

Bob Ross

Fred Rogers

Symbols

Our Events

Past

Future

Further Resources

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Take Action

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Say a sincere kind word to someone even when you are disagreeing with them! 

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The next time you know you might have an argument with someone, research the topic based on reliable and credible sources. This way you will be better informed before you have that conversation! 

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Commit to one productive discourse friendly action each week!

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Show your support online, in social media, or in person the next time you have the opportunity to promote productive discourse!

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Share our Productive Discourse Infographic with friends, family, and anyone and everyone you think would appreciate becoming more informed!