A reputation for civility for 1 day

March 15, 2014

A reputation for civility for 1 day

Because of our annual study on Civility in America, I am particularly fascinated by how Americans can build a better reputation for civility. In an article this weekend, the concept of generosity among strangers is discussed. “Social scientists have conducted experiments demonstrating that the effect of a single act of kindness can in fact ripple through a social network, setting off chains of generosity that reach far beyond the original act.” I am glad to hear that generosity or civility is contagious. The discussion got me to thinking about a question we asked in our survey last year about whether Americans would commit to a day of civility on July 4th. A full 87% said that they would and there were no differences by gender, age, household income or region. Hard to believe that everyone agrees on one thing. I still think it is a great idea and wish there was some organization or company that would be interested in making this happen and see if we Americans can pay it forward for 24 hours. 

Civility in America, Weber Shandwick, 2013

Civility in America, Weber Shandwick, 2013

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Leslie Gaines-Ross
Leslie Gaines-Ross
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As Weber Shandwick’s Chief Reputation Strategist, I focus on the ever changing world of reputation. For the past 25 years, I have relentlessly observed, researched and commented on the rise and fall of reputations.

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