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August 14, 2018 Portland, Can Civility Save Us?

August 14, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Can Civility Save Us?

A Public Talk, Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 5:30pm

Portland Public Library

5 Monument Square, Portland, Maine

What’s the right response to troubling political trends?

Protest? Tweet? Violence? Vote?

What role should civil discourse play to bring change or make peace?

Come hear Make Shift Coffee House founder and public policy expert Craig Freshley share his views and lead a discussion.


Craig Freshley speaks with John McDonald on WGAN weekend radio show about the August 14 Talk

Newsradio WGAN, August 11, 2018

John McDonald (native Mainer, President of Maine storytellers, and host of WGAN weekend morning show) speaks with Craig about the upcoming public talk “Can Civility Save Us?” at the Portland Public Library on August 14.


As a volunteer Craig has organized 20 Make Shift Coffee Houses – places where liberals and conservatives come to understand each other’s political views. As a professional facilitator Craig has run over 3000 meetings of nonprofits, governments, and companies. He’s authored a book called The Wisdom of Group Decisions.

Craig will explain current trends, past successes and failures of civil discourse, and lessons learned from Make Shift Coffee Houses.

If you are wondering, “What should be done to combat political craziness?” If you are questioning, “What part should I play?” Come hear what Craig has to say. Ask questions. Share answers.

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by Portland Public Library

and Make Shift Coffee House 





August 14, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Portland Public Library
5 Monument Square
Portland, ME United States
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