Have you noticed how often conversations these days turn into shouting matches? On TV, social media, and even in person, when values and viewpoints clash, the art of conversation suffers. At the same time, civic engagement depends on people having meaningful discussions—often about the very topics that are so hard to discuss. How can we get better at having meaningful, productive conversations?
That's what we'll be discussing at this month's Civics on the Go event, part of a series of casual conversations about issues affecting our world. This is not a formal presentation, just a chance for customers of all ages to stop by, chat with librarians and learn something new about the topic of the day. Drop by Schlessman Hall on Floor 1 of Central Library on Tuesday, December 4, anytime between 3:30 and 5:30 PM.
We'll be sharing ideas—and asking for your ideas—about how community members can have better conversations.
Ask us questions and share your thoughts on topics like:
- What are your hopes for your community?
- What makes a good conversation?
- What keeps you busy?
- What are you an expert on?
- What do you wish you knew more about?
If you can't make it to the Central Library, here are some great resources on the art of conversation: Civics on the Go: Nice to Meet You Handout.
Do you have ideas for future Civics on the Go events? What should we talk and learn about next? What does being an engaged member of the community mean to you?