Educating the Public on Evidence-based methods for improving inter-group civility.


This page holds ideas and links to articles that do not fit into any of the other “problems and solutions” tabs

–Gandhi’s “Satyagraha” as a model of a civil politics strategy that worked.  “Gandhi wrote that someone practicing Satyagraha ‘must look continually for truth in a campaign, even in his opponents position, and to incorporate that truth into his own position.'”  Also: you don’t win with Satyagraha by defeating an opponent, you win by converting your opponent over to your cause. The article gives the example of DeKlerk’s first meeting with Mandela, who began by expressing sympathy with the long plight of the Afrikaans people. De Klerk was moved, and later said “Here was a man I could do business with.” (That’s the same phrase that Thurgood Marshall used about some white racist politicians, with whom he brokered legislative deals.) This may be our goal at CivilPolitics: to tweak the political system such that more politicians feel that “here is a man I could do business with.”
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Our goal is to educate the public about social science research on improving inter-group relations across moral divides.