Can Civility Save Us? with Craig Freshley

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)

Event Details

Can Civility Save Us? What’s the right response to troubling political trends? Protest? Tweet? Violence? Silence? 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 on these questions and lead a discussion.

Craig will explain how civility in politics is eroding and how the party divide is growing. He will share lessons learned from his own experiences with moderating discussions among conservatives and liberals.

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.

About Craig

As a volunteer Craig has organized 24 Make Shift CoffeeHouses: places where liberals and conservatives come to understand each other’s political views. There’s always live music, free food, and drinks. All people are always welcome and there is never a charge. Make Shift Coffee Houses are held in libraries, on college campuses, in grange halls, church halls, in school cafeterias, and many other places, with over 2,000 attendees so far. Learn more at

As a professional Craig has facilitated over 3,000 meetings almost entirely in the public sector for nonprofits, community groups, and governments. He has written a book called The Wisdom of Group Decisions and has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. He has worked for a statewide nonprofit and for Maine State government. Craig has published over 100 how-to videos, 160 one-page tips, and 25 handouts – all about group dynamics – all available for free. Since the day Craig started Good Group Decisions, his company has given 1% of all gross revenues, before expenses, to social justice and environmental nonprofits. Learn more at

Craig is lives in a cohousing community in Brunswick, Maine.

The Civic Engagement REACT Program is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Event Type(s): Library Programs, REACT Grant, One Book Chelmsford
Presenter: Craig Freshley
(978) 256-5521 ext. 1115

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