Letter: Join Civil Discourse for a new civic approach to community

What are your neighbors talking about this week?

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  • | 8:00 a.m. July 11, 2023
  • Ormond Beach Observer
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Join Civil Discourse for a new civic approach to community

Dear Editor:

Citizens, land owners, developers, city dwellers, farmers, environmentalists, naturalists, economists, business women and men, physicists, philosophers, educators, lovers of the wild — Civil Discourse/Common Ground wants you and your ideas. Without you, there will be nothing new, only the same old party lines. Let’s stop fighting. We, each of us, is not the enemy,  

The human race has not evolved beyond our animal nature, which is good in that it provides survival instincts. Beyond that, this survival instinct can be channeled into creative solutions and more. Creation itself is what human brains are geared for.

Don’t be left behind, quarreling with one another, spatting, fighting like wild animals, but with little instinct for preservation. This is a new way to resolve conflicts and create solutions, and many businesses, therapists and scientists know about this. It used to be called negotiation, and each gets a little of what they want. 

It is called the power of synergy, in which everyone walks away thrilled with what has been created from everyone's ideas together. One does not even come to the table with ideas because the ideas emerge out of the dialogue or the synergy that occurs when minds meet in celebration of who we are and what we can do together. Then we see the proof that we are all in this together. 

Our next Civil Discourse meeting, called, "Let's create it," is the beginning of a new relationship with one another. Life is more than taking sides and fighting, so much more. 

Join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, July 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Ormond Beach Public Library. This invitation is for Ormond and all of Volusia County. 

So, what are you waiting for?

Linda Williams

Ormond Beach

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