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    Return to Civility: A Speed of Laughter Project
    by John Sweeney, The Brave New Workshop

Re-posted: How Would You Make the World More Civil?

In 2008, John Sweeney and the employees of the Brave New Workshop theatre wrote Return to Civility: A Speed of Laughter Project out of a desire to positively impact as many people as we mildly offend with our social and political satire. Whether in all seriousness or in laughter, we hope you will join us in helping to increase the civility of our world.


Reader Comments (29)

Don't assume the worst.

Sometimes people are simply careless and may accidentally cut in line or commit another minor offense of which they're unaware. Instead of yelling, "Hey, whaddya thinking you're doing, PAL?!" just politely say, with a smile, "Excuse me, I'm not sure you were aware, but I was next in line." We all make mistakes, and more times than not, the mistake was simply careless, not pre-meditated and vicious in nature.

January 16, 2009 | Registered CommenterCivil Thoughts

Tis the season for retail madness. Lots of us are spending more time shopping than we usually do throughout the year, people are in a hurry, and the stores and parking lots are very crowded. If we all work together we can make holiday shopping a more pleasant experience for everyone! Here are a couple of reminders:

-Ditto to the previous comment about having your method of payment ready when you approach the cashier, and being aware of all the people behind you in line who are waiting. I would like to ask that we all think about the purpose of the "express checkout lane", too. If you have a return or exchange, are using a business check, buying a gift off of a registry - any of those things that tend to complicate a transaction - it may be best not to use the express checkout lane.

-Retail clerks and cashiers are working loads of extra hours right now. Be especially patient, kind, and friendly with them.

That's all!

January 16, 2009 | Registered CommenterCivil Thoughts

Have your method of payment ready whenever you are waiting in a line at a checkout counter. It is never a surprise that you are going to have to pay for your purchase, so everyone should be prepared by the time it is their turn.

January 16, 2009 | Registered CommenterCivil Thoughts

This Christmas- buy a tree in a pot.

Oh, the smell of the Christmas tree! Most people love it, I love it too. With the major effects of global climate change looming in the near future we are all becoming more and more aware of simple and easy changes in our lifestyles that can prevent an environmental catastrophy and make the world a better place.

So instead of supporting the mass cutting of trees in order to enjoy the holiday season, why not support the planet and enjoy a tree in a pot to replant after the holidays.

January 16, 2009 | Registered CommenterCivil Thoughts

With the recent snowstorms in my area, and having to park on the street where I work, I'm reminded of how little people think about others when they park their cars. So many times a person could just pull forward a foot or two and allow one more car to park in the area, yet they take up the entire curb. Not only that, but there are so many times when people pull in so close to my bumper that it's impossible for me to get out of my parking space when it's time to leave. We should all park in a considerate manner, and we could all benefit.

January 16, 2009 | Registered CommenterCivil Thoughts

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