Civility

In 2016, following a contentious Presidential campaign season, City Club of Boise partnered with the National Institute for Civil Discourse to organize a series of events exploring civility in our public discourse. The goal of this project, to paraphrase City Club founder Dottie Stimpson, was to "get people to start talking" to each other, and to chart a course for communicating outside of traditional partisan lines.

Now, nearly four years later, we appear to be at another test of civility. The 2020 Presidential election and a global pandemic of historic proportions are once again challenging elected leaders and citizens to talk to each other-- not at each other.


Danielle Trujillo / City Club of Boise

Dr. Jim Weatherby was honored with the City Club of Boise’s 2019 Stimpson Award for his work in promoting civic dialogue and civility in the Treasure Valley. 


Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

The City Club of Boise Awarded Dr. Bob Kustra the 2018 Dottie and Ed Stimpson Award for Civic Engagement in front of an audience at JUMP on November 13th, 2018 in downtown Boise. 

For over 15 years, Bob Kustra led Boise State University in an era of growth and transformation.  Kustra spoke about the contributions institutions of higher education can make toward the promotion of civil discourse in our communities.

Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Public officials, civic leaders and members of the Idaho media wrapped up a three-day conference in Boise Tuesday. Their focus: to figure out ways to make political discourse in the state more civil.

The City Club of Boise is hosting a civility summit July 31 through August 2. It’s part of City Club’s yearlong focus on promoting civil, public discourse.