Charlie and I gave a book talk yesterday at UCLA for our book "The Failure of Environmental Education (And How We Can Fix It). About 100 similarly-minded folks showed up. It was fun. It was educational for all (including us). But the main problem was that similarly-minded folks were there--environmental education professionals and those who already care about environmental education.
To really have an effect enhancing civility, we will all need to make an effort to reach out and talk (and eat!) with folks we don't normally talk with. Otherwise, we'll just continue preaching to the choir, and that's not going to change anything.
Discussion question:How can we meet folks with different perspectives? How can we have civil conversations with them? Please feel free to post comments!