Welcome to Civil Dialogues, a place for people to meet, deliberate, and form consensus on urgent matters. This is a place for the kind of continuous, extended deliberations that democracy calls for.
We require people to identify themselves by their real names here because we believe that these identifications will help to keep dialogues civil. If you see a post that you consider to violate a law, for instance perceived as hate speech, please notify the authorities. Otherwise, please do your part to keep the dialogues civil by encouraging reasoned deliberations.
We ask about locations so people who form online communities on this site can extend them to become off-line communities. To see a user’s location, click on the user’s avatar or go to their profile.
We use the term “community” to refer to a group of people sharing dialogues on a given subject. To form a new community, click “New Community” from the Explore page. To join ongoing dialogues in an existing community, click here.
To form a new Dialogue or Resolution, click “New” in an active community. In the drop-down menu, you can click “Dialogue,” to form a new dialogue, or “Resolution,” to form a new resolution.
Each community is welcome to choose one or more moderators or leaders, and to form rules of engagements.
Once you vote on your choice in a resolution (Agree, Disagree, etc), please be sure to “save” it by hitting, “Vote now”.
Aside from voting on each resolution, participants can also vote to close the discussion.
Votes on resolutions are tallied automatically once a week, on Sundays at 11:00pm EST. However, they reopen for further deliberations in the following week, until the majority votes for closure or the creator of the resolution chooses to close it.
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We welcome suggestions on ways to improve this website. Please post ideas and comments to the Dialogue on Civil Dialogues community here.
Please let others know about this opportunity to conduct civil dialogues. We have conducted 24 such dialogues over the last four years, working with Arena Stage in Washington, DC; the events often included people with sharply contrasting views, yet all remained very civil. For extended discussions about the ways in which civil dialogues can lead to a shared moral understanding, which in turn affects individual behavior and public policy, see the dialogues on our YouTube channel here.
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