Beyond Civility: From Public Engagement to Problem Solving

National League of Cities
February 25, 2011

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The national discussion on civility, demonstrates that many believe the current overheated rhetoric is not working as a means to solve the nation’s problems. Policy debates are increasingly fraught with name calling, electioneering, posturing and worse.  

In recognition of this, the National League of Cities (NLC) has created an action guide, Beyond Civility: From Public Engagement to Problem Solving, to assist local elected officials in creating a framework for civility and democratic governance that encourages governing a community in a participatory, deliberative, inclusive and collaborative way.  

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