Duluth,MN/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

Posted on August 4, 2018


On July 30, 2018, Gerald F. Seib wrote an article for the WSJ on how leaders of the Duluth community had decided to temper the nasty tone of some local political discussions. Nastiness often prevailed when political issues became hotly contested. The leaders developed a nine-point program called “Speak Your Peace: The Civility Project”.

As issues such as immigrant influx and economic uncertainty were discussed, the program’s goals were embraced. Disagreement did not end but principles of respect were emphasized and incorporated.

Mayor Emily Larson of Duluth explained the key to the program’s success in this way: “To me civility is about truly listening.” Listening helps people discover that they truly have common ground, according to the Mayor.

For those getting divorced, consider the common ground you share with your spouse. It might be children, or communal obligations, or just the need to want to have a better future, free of strife. Civility makes sense. It is “about simply listening”. Mediate don’t litigate.