June 6, 2013 8:30 – 12:30
Conference Center at Mercer County College
1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550

HOW TO RESTORE CIVILITY IN PUBLIC DISCOURSE

Incivility impedes getting things done.  It models destructive behavior and discourages new people from getting involved in public issues.  After this participatory program, attendees will be able to explain what civility is, why it is important and how it relates to their individual life, their local government, state and nation.

Enduring Understanding:
Each person has a role in this world and their choice to be cooperative and civil or go into conflict affects the people around them, no matter who they are.

Essential Question/s:
What does civility mean? Why is civility important?

Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the responsibilities of citizens
  • Assess methods for respectfully dealing with differences.
  • Analyze and evaluate conditions, actions, and motivations that contribute to conflict and cooperation.
  • Develop an understanding of the role of civility in dealing with individual and group differences.

Applications:
This program will provide valuable training to anyone who works in, with or for groups where cooperation is vitally important to success.  This includes public officials, leaders, managers, teams of workers, community volunteers and everyone concerned with the need to restore civility in public discourse.

8:30 – 9:00 Networking and Coffee

Moderator:    Richard French, FiOS 1 TV  
Presenters:    
William J. Kearns, Esq., General Counsel, NJLM
        “Civility: Why Is It Important?”
Dr. Bart Rossi, CEO, Rossi Psychological Group. 
        “Projecting Civility and a Winning Personality”

Keynote Presenter:   Hon. Stephen M. Sweeney, President, New Jersey State Senate,
                                Senator, District 3.
                               “Is Civility A Lost Art In Public Service?”

Short Break

Presenters:

The Hon. Arthur Ondish, Mayor, Mt. Arlington;
President, NJLM Educational Foundation
      “Encouraging Civility in Public Meetings”

Raymond R. Wiss, Esq. Past President, NJ School Boards Association; Board of                                        Education membership in the Northern Valley Regional and Old Tappan school districts;
            former Mayor of Old Tappan
      “Encouraging Civility in Public Meetings” (Click here for the presentation remarks)

Jim Messina – Customer Service Expert, Verizon
     “Managing  Incivility: The Constituent as Customer”

Questions and Answers with the panel

12:30 Adjourn