SAN DIEGO – APRIL 22, 2016 – National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC), a national organization headquartered in San Diego committed to providing resources, training and expertise to help individuals and communities manage and resolve conflicts in collaborative and transformative ways, is pleased to announce its partnership with the City of Del Mar to establish a Code of Civil Discourse. The code will help bring leaders and members of the local community together to develop new ways to confront differences and find common ground, leading to more collaborative and thoughtful solutions. The Del Mar City Council unanimously adopted the code during its April 4, 2016 meeting. Regionally, Del Mar is the first city to implement a civility code, modeled after NCRC’s Code of Civil Discourse.
“We are proud public officials are embracing the fundamentals of inclusive communication,” said Steven P. Dinkin, president, National Conflict Resolution Center. “The City of Del Mar is leading the way by making a public commitment to model and promote the ‘Code of Civil Discourse.’ Their efforts are launching a new era of harmony in San Diego County.”
The Del Mar Code of Civil Discourse will be displayed in the Del Mar City Council Chambers as well as other places where public meetings are held. The code states:
Civility Works: The Del Mar Code of Civil Discourse
Together we will:
Promote inclusion – Share and respect diverse perspectives
Listen to understand – Be attentive, ask questions to clarify and confirm our understanding
Show respect – Value all perspectives and look for common ground
Be clear and fair – Explain our positions and our reasoning
Focus on the issue – Embrace the facts and avoid personalizing debate
“By adopting the civility code, Del Mar is embarking upon a higher level of engaging with one another,” said Del Mar Mayor Sherryl Parks. “Instead of festering ill will and misunderstandings, folks will learn ways to better understand one other. The training National Conflict Resolution Center offers is excellent and Del Mar will be a better city because of this new working relationship.”
NCRC’s The Art of Inclusive Communication is an interactive workshop helping participants explore their own personal identity and learn: how it relates to communication style; how these different styles can sometimes be the root of communication breakdown; and, most importantly, how to recognize when a communication breakdown is happening and do something about it. At the trainings, attendees will have a chance to reinforce their communication skills, identify innovative approaches to managing challenging conversations and help build a more collaborative community. The organization will work with the City of Del Mar on a series of three trainings to take place this month, which were generously funded by two local community members.
For more information on the trainings, please call (619) 238-2400, ext: 237. On average, NCRC trains over 10,000 people each year nationally and internationally.
About the National Conflict Resolution Center
National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) provides the resources, training and expertise to help people, organizations and communities around the world manage and solve conflicts, with civility. Built on the principle that every dispute has a solution, NCRC serves a variety of communities in both the public and private sectors – regionally, nationally and internationally. The organization’s mission is to resolve issues with the highest possible degree of civility and equitability to all parties involved.
NCRC was founded in 1983 by the University of San Diego Law Center and the San Diego County Bar Association. With more than 30 years of experience and over 20,000 cases managed, NCRC is recognized as an international leader in mediation instruction and conflict resolution. To learn more, donate or volunteer please call 619-238-2400 or visit www.ncrconline.com. Connect with NCRC on Facebook and Twitter.