Principles of Civil Dialogue

By Jami Reagan
Principal, Shine Factory

Today, Scottsdale Leadership, Inc., a nonprofit community leadership organization serving Scottsdale and the surrounding community, announces the kick-off of a community-wide initiative to adopt Principles for Civil Dialogue.

In short, the Principles of Civil Dialogue state, “as a member of the Scottsdale community, I will genuinely listen; speak respectfully; and be accountable for my words and actions.”

The principles, originally discussed by Class 25, were adopted by the Scottsdale Leadership Board of Directors earlier this year with the goal of carrying the Principles into the community in order to positively impact public dialogue. Scottsdale Leadership is asking other community organizations and businesses to adopt or endorse the Principles for Civil Dialogue, and further announce publicly their support of this initiative.

“We believe a healthy community engages in robust public dialogue on important issues.  The best decisions require that many points of view be heard and considered.  A healthy and thriving community results from active public dialogue in which all community members feel safe expressing their views,” says Brian Bednar, board president, Scottsdale Leadership.

Pictured left to right: Brian Bednar, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, Cynthia Wenstrom

At the Nov. 1, 2011 city council meeting, Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane issued a proclamation in support of the Principles of Civic Dialogue.

“Scottsdale Leadership teaches us that anyone can make a difference, and to create change a grass root effort often works best. We envision a legacy that supports and enriches the future of our community through the Principles for Civil Dialogue,” states Cynthia Wenström, board member and civil dialogue chair, Scottsdale Leadership.

For more information call Chris Irish at 480-627-6716 or click here.


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