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The Oshkosh Civility Pledge ~ Building A Stronger Community
The Promise, the Principles and the Practice of Civility.
The Oshkosh Civility Project cordially invites you to explore our website and sign the Oshkosh Civility Pledge!
The Oshkosh Civility Pledge:
We build a stronger and more diverse community by actively sharing our ideas and opinions with others in thoughtful and considerate ways. By practicing this basic commitment to civility, we learn and grow from one another - even in disagreement.
Today and Every Day I Aspire to Practice the following Skills:
1. Pay Attention - Be Aware of Others & Sensitive to the Immediate Context of Actions
2. Listen Closely - Understand Other Points of View
3. Be Inclusive - Welcome All; Don't Exclude Anyone
4. Don't Gossip - Remind Others of the Importance of this Practice
5. Show Respect - Honor Others (Especially in Disagreement)
6. Be Agreeable - Find Opportunities to Agree
7. Apologize Sincerely - Repair Damaged Relationships
8. Give Constructive Comments, Suggestions & Feedback - No Personal Attacks (Focus on Issues)
9. Accept Responsibility - Don't Shift Blame; Share Disagreements Publicly
"It's not what you say. It's how you say it."
About the Oshkosh Civility Project
The Oshkosh Civility Project has been advancing the cause of civility since 2010. It began as an ad hoc community-based effort. Walter Scott brought the idea for this initiative from his travels to Truckee, California, where he discovered the "Speak Your Peace" campaign developed by the Truckee-Tahoe Community Foundation.
That campaign from California was developed based on work originally done in Duluth-Superior using as a reference authority "Choosing Civility" by P.M. Forni. Dr. Forni advised the Oshkosh effort and many other groups on the formation of civility improvement efforts. Dr. Forni was brought to Oshkosh by the Oshkosh Civility Project and delivered several community presentations during the formal launch of the initiative in February 2011.
In his discussions with representatives from the Oshkosh Community Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, a small planning group was formed that was comprised of representatives from a number of community-based organizations, including the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, the Oshkosh Public Library, the Oshkosh Area School District and other related individuals and organizations.
The Oshkosh Civility Project is loosely organized as a non-profit community-based organization. As the project's efforts continue to develop, these efforts may result in a more formalized organizational structure. For the time being, however, this is a consensus-based effort.
Core Team - Oshkosh Civility Project
Kim Biedermann - Business Success Center - UW Oshkosh
Mindie Boynton - Business Success Center - UW Oshkosh
Theresa Brockman - Evergreen
Howard Brown - Concerned Citizen
Margy Davey - League of Women Voters of Winnebago County
Tom Grogan - Office of the Chancellor - UW Oshkosh
Sue Panek - Oshkosh Area United Way
Mandy Potts - Integrated Marketing and Communications - UW Oshkosh
Carl Schroeder - Concerned Citizen
Walter Scott - Independence Financial LLC
Stephanie Steinfort - Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc.
Emeritus Members: Recognized for Exemplary and Thoughtful Service
Kemp Jones, Colleen Merrill, Kathy Golem, Karen Fredrick, Liz Hebbe, Stew Rieckman, Karlene Grabner, Casey Larson, Zack Pawlosky, Lexi Ballweg, Joe Wiedenmeier, and Karen Heikel.