Let’s NOT Be Like All the Rest…

Cities across the nation are facing an uptick in incivility—and suffering as a result. 

In Sisters, concern has been growing about the various detrimental impacts of disrespectful public discourse—including decreased civic involvement, reticence to join in important community discussions, and the temptation to simply “tune out”… 

When our community faces challenges (e.g., smart growth), broad input is not only desirable, but also essential. Regardless of what the national tone might be, our hope is that Sisters Country will always be a place where all residents can feel comfortable participating in civic functions, public discussions and informative meetings.  

We know that behind disagreement there often resides a great treasure of passion. Citizens4Community sees this as opportunity—a community asset—always waiting to be tapped. As a small community, it’s even more important to grow our ability to trust and work together—so something that happens today won’t jeopardize our ability to work together on a different issue tomorrow. The more effectively we come together—whether we agree or disagree—the more likely we are to tap into that cache of underlying passion and find more innovative solutions. ...

As citizens we have to be more thoughtful and more educated and more informed. I turn on the TV and I see these grown people screaming at each other, and I think, well, if we don’t get our civility back, we’re in trouble.
— Emmylou Harris

to guide our efforts, C4C wants to hear from you...
Contact us here.


Here's what we hope to achieve with your help:

1. GREATER ENGAGEMENT: To gain more input and involvement by Sisters residents...So that we are more likely to find better and truly innovative ideas, solutions and opportunities; and so the efforts we undertake are authentic and impart a sense of ownership.

2. NEW TOOLS & PROJECTS: To identify tools, resources and opportunities for building civility, collaboration and engagement in Sisters Country...So we can work together very effectively as a community.

3. QUANTITY + QUALITY OF DISCOURSE: To inspire vigorous but also gracious opinion-sharing...So, as we gain broad input, we also increase our ability to find common ground on issues and we help ensure that residents feel increasingly comfortable participating in community-wide discussions.

4. A HIGHLY CONNECTED CITIZENRY: To raise awareness about the benefits of practicing civility. Because it's not just an end goal in itself. Rather, civility is a foundational value that prospers communities economically, socially and culturally...So, instead of being pulled apart by challenges, we are set apart—distinguished—by our distinctly unified sense of community spirit.

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As we achieve thEse goals, we believe Sisters Country will be better equipped to take on any challenge.