The term "civility" came up often throughout the 2018 campaign season, a concept many would evoke as the attack ads and candidate critiques mounted. Outside of elections, the National Institute for Civil Discourse works year-round to cultivate civility within communities and workplaces at the grassroots level. Executive director Carolyn Lukensmeyer joined Arizona 360 in studio to offer perspective on how to be more civil in our everyday lives.
"Our founders in the constitutional convention actually talked about civility … as the values that democracy and a republic would have to have to be successful. Because they knew we would be in a lot of conflicts," Lukensmeyer said. "We've seen our norms in civility and respect take a deep degradation in just about a four-year period of time."