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Presentation developed by Valerie Gross, CEO, Howard County Library. Presentation demonstrates the nexus of the Choose Civility Howard County Initiative and highlights achievements.

Presentation developed by Valerie Gross, CEO, Howard County Library. Presentation demonstrates the nexus of the Choose Civility Howard County Initiative and highlights achievements.

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  • The Road to CIVILITY Valerie J. Gross, CEO Howard County Library
  • What is Choose Civility?
    • “ Civility”
    • An invitation
  • How Did it Start?
    • Internal campaign
    • 100 Alliance Partners
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  • Vision and Mission Vision: Howard County chooses to be a model of civility. Mission: We choose respect, consideration, empathy, and tolerance as our fundamental values, enhancing the community’s quality of life. View slide
  • 15 Principles of Civility
    • Pay attention
    • Listen
    • Speak kindly
    • Assume the best
    • Respect others' opinions
    • Be inclusive
    • Acknowledge others
    • Respect other people's time and space
  • 15 Principles of Civility
    • Apologize earnestly
    • Assert yourself
    • Accept and give praise
    • Take responsibility
    • Accept and give constructive criticism
    • Refrain from idle complaints
    • Be a considerate guest
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  • Why?
    • Celebration of a civil community
    • Appreciate the reminder
  • Lead Organization
    • Howard County Library
    • Customer base
    • Educational mission
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  • Collaborative Effort
    • Advisory Board
      • Congressman Elijah Cummings, Honorary Chair
    • Alliance Partners
      • Ambassadors, Advocates
    • Sponsors
  • Marketing Tools
    • Car magnets and window decals
    • Book lists (children, teens, adults)
    • ChooseCivility.org
    • Banners, Faces of Civility posters
    • Choose Civility Week (Awards, Symposium, 15-second PSAs)
  • All Ages Inspired
    • HCPSS – A major Alliance Partner
    • PSAs (High School Students)
    • Anti-Bullying Policy, Civility Policy
    • Elementary School – Poster Contest
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  • All Ages Inspired
    • Reservoir High School Civility Project
      • Respect Other People’s Time
      • Be Good to Your Guests
      • Acknowledge Others
  • “ Where’d you get that car magnet?”
    • 60,000 distributed
    • Regional
    • National: From Maine to Florida to California
    • Even in British Columbia
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  • Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery
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  • HoCo Dining
    • Chewsin' Civility: A Civil Approach to HoCo Dining
    • Choosy Chewers Choose Civility
  • Striking a Chord
    • Media coverage – as far away as The Times of India
    • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    • Washington County, MD
    • Riverdale Heights (Prince George’s County, MD)
    • You!
  • Ken Ulman Howard County Executive Choose Civility “in some ways, has come to define us.” State of Howard County Address, January 14, 2009
  • “ Can Kindness Be Mandated? Howard County's Civility Experiment” blog post by John Kelly in The Washington Post (July 28, 2009) “ . . . anything that causes people to ponder their actions is worthwhile.”
  • “ This should be a national movement.”
  • Civility Cafe
  • Civility Sampler
    • What are the benefits of choosing civility?
    • Do you think that civility has become less common? If so, why?
    • What is the best way to stay civil in a stressful situation?
    • How can those who work in the field of aging enhance civility in the workplace?
  • Valerie J. Gross, CEO Howard County Library 6600 Cradlerock Way Columbia, MD 21045 410.313.7772 valerie.gross@HCLibrary.org Want to Learn More? ChooseCivility.org