Civility is hard. That's why we're bringing the experts to you.

The Civility Effect has proudly partnered with Civic Nebraska to deliver resources right to your fingertips and your communities.

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Civic Nebraska creates a more modern, robust democracy for all Nebraskans via youth civic leadership, civic health programs, and voting rights initiatives.

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Civic Health


 Our Civic Health Programs fortify Nebraska’s civic life with training and programming for towns, cities, neighborhoods, and individuals. When we are more connected to one another and to institutions, we are better positioned to solve local problems.

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Voting Rights


Our Voting Rights Initiatives lead the fight for elections to be fair, modern, and accessible. We work to defeat bad policies that threaten the right to vote. And we advocate for measures that protect our rights.

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Youth Civic Leadership

Introducing youth to civic engagement helps them gain problem-solving, leadership, and civil discourse skills. Students who can think critically about – and make meaning of – societal issues are better able to navigate their individual environments.


Why Civil Discourse?

Without Civil Discourse...

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In its purest form, civility embodies these nine values:

Although civility requires much more than nine traits, practicing these values can create a strong foundation for a more civil society.

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The Four Spheres of Civil Discourse

Approaches to civil discourse differ depending on where the discourse is happening. Tailoring your approach based on each setting allows you to more easily steer the conversation in a civil direction.

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  • Often have a relationship with the other person(s) in this dialogue

  • Takes place in small groups or 1:1, often socially

  • Often has the most potential to change hearts and minds

In most common setting, this is face-to-face and/or involves non-verbal cues

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  • Often have a tangential relationship with the other person(s) in this dialogue, or friends of friend

  • Has limited potential to change hearts and minds

  • Has potential to harm, create more conflict than resolution 

  • Designed to target emotions

  • More difficult to accurately convey thoughts and feelings, due to nature of platforms 

  • more information coming soon!

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Are you ready to approach a tough conversation in a civil manner but unsure where to start?  Below are two strategies you can utilize to guide your conversations.

Building an Argument

The most difficult conversations often come from a place of disagreement or misunderstanding. To keep the discussion civil, it's critical to articulate your thoughts in an effective way by building your argument in three parts using the A.R.E. method. 

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Upcoming Events

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The Civility Effect

Where: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Union Plaza

When: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Share the ways in which civility has impacted your life by stopping by our booth on Feb. 25. Your contribution will live on as a part of a custom-made large domino that will be on display on campus. Plus, you'll be entered to win a dominos gift card!



Civility in PR: Virtual Workshop

Where: Zoom

When: 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Become a certified Civility Ambassador while gaining critical tools and strategies to help your clients be an impactful voice for civil promotion within their audiences.