From Megan Hayes (Springfield, MO)
Be Civil Be Heard, a Springfield-Greene County civility project, leads the way in an attempt to increase effective engagement in Springfield and Greene County by creating a more welcoming and respectful environment where all people’s views are encouraged and heard.
Director and Curator, Dr. Elizabeth Dudash-Buskirk, is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Missouri State University and has had a passion for politics since she was a child. BCBH is her way of contributing and living Missouri State University’s Public Affairs Mission of ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.
BCBH encourages the “count to ten” method to teach how to practice civility and learn to better respect others. There are 10 tenets of civility (Full list available here.) to live by each and every day. Before delving right in, it is important to highlight the rules that come before and after “Give and Accept Constructive Feedback”.
#7: Act with Compassion- Treat others with kindness and honesty.
#9: Treat your Environment with Respect- Show regard for nature, resources, and shared spaces.
Today’s post will explore #8: Give and Accept Constructive Feedback. This rule focuses on considering criticism thoughtfully and factually. Constructive feedback can be a helpful indicator to highlight a person’s strengths and weaknesses. Identifying areas that need the most improvement will make bettering oneself that much easier.
It is also important to be self-aware and reflect on our own strengths and weaknesses. This reflection can be used as the self-actualization to improve or become more successful.
In this Scrubs episode, that rule is exemplified. Cox teaches J.D that focusing too much on what other people think can prevent him from truly believing in himself. There is a great lesson to take away from this example: reflecting and becoming self-aware allows a person to find power and knowledge that cannot be found elsewhere.
As a community, we can make progress in civic engagement, civic education, and building respectful communities by living by these tenets to build a healthier democracy.