Choose Civility

As a customer-owned cooperative, SMECO is proud to be a community partner for Choose Civility for Southern Maryland. The Diversity Institute at the College of Southern Maryland has launched Choose Civility in our community to promote respect, consideration, empathy, and tolerance.


Listen to civility advocate Dr. P.M. Forni of Johns Hopkins University discuss rude behavior.

Help Your Family Be Civil:

Try these reading suggestions (PDF) from the College of Southern Maryland and the Charles County Public Library.

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Dr. Forni co-founded the Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins to boost the significance of civility, manners, and politeness in contemporary society. His books are available below.

  • Choosing Civility: The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct
    Amazon | Library
  • The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude
    Amazon | Library

Why Choose Civility?

"When we treat others with kindness and consideration, we show them that we value them as persons. This motivates them to remain in our lives, and as a result we continue to enjoy the rewards of connecting. Until three or four generations ago, a large amount of the support we needed came from our extended families. Today, as we often turn to friends, acquaintances, and even strangers for support and care, being likable can be a substantial advantage. An elementary but powerful truth to always keep in mind is that social skills strengthen social bonds. Social skills are thus an invaluable quality-of-life asset—in fact, they are nothing less than determinants of destiny."

P.M. Forni, "The Other Side of Civility"

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