These extraordinary times of political polarization call for special attention in our everyday thoughts and words. A contemplation of the qualities we can nurture to strengthen our communities and democracy.
Susan Clark is coauthor of Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home; and All Those In Favor, a book about Vermont town meetings (with Frank Bryan). Susan consults with communities across the northeast on how to build inclusive, deliberative and empowered public engagement. She is Middlesex town moderator.