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MOUNT VERNON — A national grassroots initiative wanting to change the way we relate to one another is looking to get its foot in the door in Knox County.
Lauren Litton, statewide coordinator for Revive Civility Ohio, spoke Tuesday with a small group of county stakeholders to explain the program that has been rolled out in four states across the country through the University of Arizona’s National Institute for Civil Discourse. The object isn’t to change minds, Litton said, but to be more open and accepting of other’s thoughts and opinions.
“This initiative was started as a direct result of the rampant polarization and disrespect we are seeing at every level around the world and around the country,” Litton said. “It’s on social media, it’s in businesses, it’s in government, it’s in family, it’s in media. We believe respect and civility are core values to building trust. Without trust you can’t build those deep relationships. Without that you have dismantling of governments and you wind up with unhealthy families and communities.”