Changing the Conversation to Restore Civility: Urgency of Civility Conference to Be Held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA April 30 to May 1

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Organizations and individuals step forward to encourage impactful change in America! A group of motivated business owners and community leaders from across North America have come together to ignite a conversation about civility and to help spread the word on how to restore effective communication and civil behavior in the areas of government, the workplace, communities, media (social and traditional), education, family and youth. The goal is to not just move the needle, but to truly bring about effective change in all areas by uniting forward-thinking organizations looking to communicate openly and to incorporate powerful training and insights that make a meaningful difference.

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“We know the world around us is becoming increasingly uncivil. The question is, what can we do about it? What will we do about it? It is no longer sufficient to work to simply move the needle. The Urgency of Civility Conference will enable us to begin to move mountains,” shares Russ Charvonia.

Time is running out to register for the Urgency of Civility – A Springboard for Action conference, taking place at the majestic George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA April 30 – May 1, with a welcome reception the evening of April 29 for all attendees. The event will kick off with a reenactment of President Washington’s first inauguration to set the stage for probing discussion and innovative training with the objective of providing the resources needed to stem the tide of incivility.

During the conference, attendees may select one of the six tracks below:

  • Government – Are there any positive signs that civility can re-emerge? We will explore what various actors – elected officials, government employees, and citizens – can do and are already doing to promote civility.
  • Workplace – Who are the perpetrators, targets, and bystanders in acts of incivility? This track will explore what anyone affected by incivility in the workplace can do to increase civility in workplace relationships.
  • Communities – What are practices that encourage civility to increase? We will explore what various community actors, including civic organizations, religious organizations, community organizations, and individuals can do to counter incivility and defend and increase civility.
  • Media (social and public) –What actions are social media and journalism taking to help civility stage a comeback? This track will explore the possibilities for what roles these vital institutions can play, and how all of us can be wise consumers as well as advocates for increased civility.
  • Education –What are schools and colleges/universities doing to teach and practice civility at each of these levels? We will explore the roles that educators, educational administrators, parents, and of course students themselves play and can play to strengthen civility.
  • Families and Youth – Does civility begin at home, and start in childhood? Do families need help in doing this from other institutions in society? This track will explore the critical role played by families and youth in creating a society characterized by civility.

About Civility Convening
Founded in 2017 by a group of concerned citizens and community leaders from across the country, and based on the concepts of civility in Dr. P. M Forni’s 1995 book, Choosing Civility, this conference was created to help expand the conversation to a wider audience and build momentum and deepen the impact of meaningful change. Dr. Forni’s ideologies are founded on the principles that a civil person:

  • Think Twice Before Asking Favors
  • Give Constructive Criticism
  • Refrain from Idle Complaints
  • Respect Others' Opinions
  • Don't Shift Responsibility and Blame
  • Care for Your Guests
  • Accept and Give Praise

Learn more at


Civility Convening                            

Russ Charvonia    

(805) 258-1037


“Building Better, Together.”

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