Groups/sites devoted to increasing civility, in government and in the public at large
- NoLabels.org, perhaps the most effective group in washington for actually changing the behavior of congress, to allow for more civil discussion
- Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
- The National Institute for Civil Discourse, at U. of Arizona (founded in response to the Giffords shooting)
- The Institute for Civility in Government
- The Public Conversations Project (see especially their free guide: "Fostering dialogue across divides.")
- The Livingroom Conversations Project
- The Village Square, a bipartisan group of Floridians who foster dialogue and civility in state politics, in part by hosting events involving shared meals. (Dining together activates tribal psychology that reduces divisions)
- P. M. Forni's Civility Web Site at Johns Hopkins
- The Bipartisan Policy Center.
- The Allegheny College Survey of Civility and Compromise in American Politics
- BeyondCivility.org, a group trying to foster dialogue and effective governance in Cincinnati
Groups/sites devoted to conflict reduction/resolution, particularly those who address political/moral disputes
- Here's a list of online resources for community building and public participation
- The Consensus Building Institute See in particular this short lecture by Lawrence Susskind on "Mediating values-based and identity-based disputes."
- The Conflict Research Consortium at the University of Colorado
- The Public Disputes Program, at Harvard and MIT
- Search for Common Ground
- The Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School, which seeks "to identify processes of democratic decisionmaking by which society can resolve culturally grounded differences in belief."
- National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation: a hub and clearinghouse for people involved in fostering dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement.
Other relevant websites
- ProCon.org, a site that presents information and arguments on both sides of controversial issues. It's a great tool for teachers, or anyone interested in learning about both sides of an argument.
- The original moralistic politics workshop website
- Respectinpolitics.org, a site that tracks examples of incivility in the media
- United Republic: working to build a left-right coalition to reduce the role of money and corruption in politics
- GovernmentWithoutTricks.org, a book in progress by David Schoenbrod, which diagnoses the tricks that Congress is incentivized to play, which allow it to get credit for taking actions while passing on the costs of those actions to others, particularly to future congresses.