Urgency of Civility 2021 Virtual Conference

The 2021 Virtual Conference was held in May. 
We look forward to our next Conference.

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2021 Virtual Conference

Conference Highlights / Recap / Wrap-up

The Conference

The Urgency of Civility Conference was an action-oriented opportunity, facilitating connections to build bridges and apply the transformative power of civility within our community. Presenters discussed civility projects and solutions. 

We thank all presenters – authors, political figures, mayors, organizers, professionals, and professors – for your valuable time and great insight. 


Tuesday - Repairing Society

Edgar Cahn, ‘Elements of Civility’
Robert Thurman, ‘Mindfulness’
David Sawyer, ‘Tactics of Trust’

Richard Gillett, ‘How to Survive Thrive In Divisive Times’
Ted Wetzel, ‘5 Critical Arenas for Civility’
Dr. Tara Suwinyattichaiporn, ‘Facilitating a Civil Dialogue Event’

Wednesday - Building Bridges

Dune Lankard of the Native Conservancy, ‘(un)Common Ground’
Mina Lee
Trabian Shorters – Asset-Framing: A New Civility Skill

Mayor Heidi Harmon, ‘Adventurous Civility’  
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, ‘Washington Civility’
Rick Raddatz, ‘The Path To Political Harmony’


Confirmed Speaker

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver

Emanuel Cleaver, II is now serving his ninth term representing Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, the home district of President Harry Truman.

He is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services; Chair of the subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy; member of Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance; member of the House Committee on Homeland Security; member of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security; and member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.

Civility In Society

Incivility is all around us, and if left unchecked, it may become so much a part of our moral fabric that it can’t be reversed. Civility on the other hand is about treating those holding opposing opinions or positions with dignity and respect. Disagreement shouldn’t mean hostility.

Without the ability to engage in difficult conversations, it will be nearly impossible to advance ideas, progress, or free expression. More people will be inclined to participate in a deliberative process if it focuses on the merits and demerits of an issue, rather than personal opinion or ideology.

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2021 Sponsors

2021 Presenters

Edgar Cahn

Elements of Civility

Dr. Tara Suwinyattichaiporn

Facilitating a Civil Dialogue Event

Rick Raddatz

The Path To Political Harmony

Mayor Heidi Harmon

Adventurous Civility

Ted Wetzel

5 Critical Arenas for Civility

Mina Lee

Strengthening Leaders & Organizations

David Sawyer

Tactics of Trust