Ken Stringer
Civil Discourse - the lifeblood of civic engagement

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Civil discourse can be lively, engaging, passionate—even widely divergent, strongly held views can be discussed reasonably. We embrace and encourage a positive, optimistic—yet realistic—perspective, and the exploration of issues with an eye to finding solutions, exploring opportunities, seeking creative, innovative approaches.
April 16, 2019

Civility and Citizenship

Civility and Citizenship What is the relationship between civility and citizenship? When we talk about being a “good” citizen, what do we mean? How does incivility weaken citizenship? Can we preserve, let alone strengthen, citizenship […]
January 18, 2019

On Civility and Power, Part III

In exploring the relationship between civility and power, this series has sought to explain why we must reject “winning at all costs,” “ends justifying means,” and “might making right” as norms governing our political (and […]
January 18, 2019

On Civility and Power, Part II

How can we have civil conversations about complicated issues? What specific steps can we take to restore trust and confidence in our capacity to solve complex problems? Is it sufficient just to re-establish strong emotional […]
November 9, 2018

On Civility and Power, Part I

What is, or should be, the relationship between civility and power? Is civility compatible with, or even possible in, situations perceived as a struggle for power? Does civil discourse require “neutrality?” How does the loss […]
October 23, 2017
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On Being a Truly Inclusive Community

What does it mean to be a truly “inclusive” community? Is being “inclusive” even possible in a fractious age when we seem all too willing to make sharp, impenetrable distinctions between “us” and “them?” Is […]
June 21, 2017

Introducing US

United Sequim (US) for Sequim Schools is a group that was formed following the Sequim Community Plus meetings that focused on how best to support and promote our schools. The desire to build more positive […]
June 20, 2017
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Friends of Whimsy Park

Whimsy Park is looking for a few (more) good friends! Transforming a vacant lot into a park was a true community effort with a lot of help from a legion of “friends” who contributed their […]
January 31, 2017

Hatred and Civility in Sequim–A Community Conversation

On January 19th, CommunityPlus hosted its latest “Conversation on Our Community,” tackling the difficult subject of hatred. Prompted by a recent incident at the high school, the goal of the conversation was to answer the […]
October 29, 2016

Civility in Our Community

What do we mean by civility—by being civil to each other? Does it really matter if we don’t treat each other with courtesy and respect? How can civility help strengthen our community and enhance our […]