"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
– Margaret Mead
What are civic attitudes?
In general, an attitude is a mental state composed of beliefs and feelings that incline a person to react or respond in a favorable or unfavorable way to various events, phenomena, circumstances, states of affairs, etc. Examples:
- a positive orientation (e.g., respect, care, empathy) toward fellow citizens
- a positive orientation toward dialogue and deliberation
- a positive orientation to collective decision-making (equality of power, authority)
- tolerance of ambiguity
- tolerance of complexity
- tolerance of conflict
- receptivity to compromise
- acceptance of shared responsibility
- acceptance of insuperable differences and persistent disagreement
- acceptance of one’s own fallibility
- receptivity to learning from others
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