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Principles for Civil Dialogue

Cynthia Wenström, Class 25
Chairman, Principles for Civil Dialogue
Vice-Chairman  Resource Development Committee

It has been the better part of a year since the last blog posting regarding Scottsdale Leadership’s Principles for Civil Dialogue (PCD) initiative. Since that time the PCD Committee has shared the Principles with civic organizations and city commissions; answered many questions; gained support from adopting and endorsing organizations; and refined its focus and timeline for future progress.

As you may remember, this initiative started by a discussion on a Class 25 topic day. From there, a committee was formed to generate a grass root effort to have the PCD in use throughout Scottsdale.  When we present to an organization, the history and details regarding are shared, and we also explain the meaning of adopting or endorsing the Principles.

An organization adopts the Principles when it is prepared to make the Principles part of its own culture (or if the Principles are already part of its culture).  Normally, an important commitment to the organization’s culture would be reflected in how it describes itself, such as its values, core beliefs and so on. An organization endorses the Principles when it supports them, but is not prepared to make a representation to the public about whether its own culture aligns with the Principles.

In each instance, by adopting or endorsing, the organization is acknowledging the Principles for Civil Dialogue are important to our community and resonate with their organization. They also agree to allow Scottsdale Leadership to publicize the organization’s adoption or endorsement of the Principles.

To date Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, S.T.A.R.S., Scottsdale/PV YMCA, the Scottsdale Library Board and the Human Relations Commission have adopted the Principles. Friends of the (Scottsdale) Library have endorsed the Principles and Arizona Foundation for Burns & Trauma uses our PCD as a guide for its staff. Conservatively, this initiative is part and parcel of organizations totaling over 2,000 members.

Additionally, five civic organizations and city commissions have PCD on their agendas and we look forward to hearing updates on their actions in the next 30 days or so. At one commission presentation a commissioner stated he would take this to his son’s Little League organization and since Mayor Lane honored Scottsdale Leadership with a Proclamation on November 1, 2011, the Principles have been referred to during a number of City Council meetings. That’s the whole idea! Keep civil dialogue foremost in peoples’ minds.

Chris Irish and/or I have met with several people from the Mayor to City staff about the future of Scottsdale Leadership’s first initiative of this sort. Support abounds, and while civil dialogue is part of the wording of the current General Plan, it is not easily located, so not often referenced. The PCD initiative has brought civil dialogue/civil discourse to the forefront, which is exactly the goal.

What can you expect to see in the future regarding the Principles for Civil Dialogue initiative?

  • A community forum on civil dialogue organized by the Scottsdale Library and Human Relations Commission on Monday, October 15th at the Civic Center Library (6-8pm)
  • a My Turn article in the Scottsdale section of the Republic
  • more adoptions and endorsements by civic organizations and city commissions
  • and visibility of the PCD in the City Hall Kiva

If you know of an organization that may be interested in a presentation about the Principles for Civil Dialogue, please contact Chris Irish, Scottsdale Leadership Executive Director at (480) 627-6717.

As a member of the Scottsdale community,
I will genuinely listen; speak respectfully;
and be accountable for my words and actions.


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