Choose Civility Presentation

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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.

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  • Choose Civility Presentation

    1. 1. The Road to CIVILITY Valerie J. Gross, CEO Howard County Library
    2. 2. What is Choose Civility? <ul><li>“ Civility” </li></ul><ul><li>An invitation </li></ul>
    3. 3. How Did it Start? <ul><li>Internal campaign </li></ul><ul><li>100 Alliance Partners </li></ul>
    4. 4. 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.
    5. 5. 15 Principles of Civility <ul><li>Pay attention </li></ul><ul><li>Listen </li></ul><ul><li>Speak kindly </li></ul><ul><li>Assume the best </li></ul><ul><li>Respect others' opinions </li></ul><ul><li>Be inclusive </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledge others </li></ul><ul><li>Respect other people's time and space </li></ul>
    6. 6. 15 Principles of Civility <ul><li>Apologize earnestly </li></ul><ul><li>Assert yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Accept and give praise </li></ul><ul><li>Take responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Accept and give constructive criticism </li></ul><ul><li>Refrain from idle complaints </li></ul><ul><li>Be a considerate guest </li></ul>
    7. 8. Why? <ul><li>Celebration of a civil community </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciate the reminder </li></ul>
    8. 9. Lead Organization <ul><li>Howard County Library </li></ul><ul><li>Customer base </li></ul><ul><li>Educational mission </li></ul>
    9. 12. Collaborative Effort <ul><li>Advisory Board </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Congressman Elijah Cummings, Honorary Chair </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Alliance Partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ambassadors, Advocates </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sponsors </li></ul>
    10. 13. Marketing Tools <ul><li>Car magnets and window decals </li></ul><ul><li>Book lists (children, teens, adults) </li></ul><ul><li>ChooseCivility.org </li></ul><ul><li>Banners, Faces of Civility posters </li></ul><ul><li>Choose Civility Week (Awards, Symposium, 15-second PSAs) </li></ul>
    11. 14. All Ages Inspired <ul><li>HCPSS – A major Alliance Partner </li></ul><ul><li>PSAs (High School Students) </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-Bullying Policy, Civility Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Elementary School – Poster Contest </li></ul>
    12. 16. All Ages Inspired <ul><li>Reservoir High School Civility Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Respect Other People’s Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be Good to Your Guests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acknowledge Others </li></ul></ul>
    13. 17. “ Where’d you get that car magnet?” <ul><li>60,000 distributed </li></ul><ul><li>Regional </li></ul><ul><li>National: From Maine to Florida to California </li></ul><ul><li>Even in British Columbia </li></ul>
    14. 21. Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery
    15. 32. HoCo Dining <ul><li>Chewsin' Civility: A Civil Approach to HoCo Dining </li></ul><ul><li>Choosy Chewers Choose Civility </li></ul>
    16. 33. Striking a Chord <ul><li>Media coverage – as far away as The Times of India </li></ul><ul><li>NASA Goddard Space Flight Center </li></ul><ul><li>Washington County, MD </li></ul><ul><li>Riverdale Heights (Prince George’s County, MD) </li></ul><ul><li>You! </li></ul>
    17. 34. Ken Ulman Howard County Executive Choose Civility “in some ways, has come to define us.” State of Howard County Address, January 14, 2009
    18. 35. “ 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.”
    19. 36. “ This should be a national movement.”
    20. 37. Civility Cafe
    21. 38. Civility Sampler <ul><li>What are the benefits of choosing civility? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you think that civility has become less common? If so, why? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the best way to stay civil in a stressful situation? </li></ul><ul><li>How can those who work in the field of aging enhance civility in the workplace? </li></ul>
    22. 39. 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

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