CAI’s New Civility Pledge – Please consider adopting in your community

by Mary Faith Nugiel, July, 28 2020

Community associations are comprised of people with different ideals, preferences, and values. The Community Association Civility Pledge provides a framework for effective community conversations.

How we talk about things matters. While we may be able to share our views with people who already agree with us, sharing our opinions while leaving room for someone’ else’s viewpoint can be challenging. How can we seek to listen to those who hold different beliefs? How can we respectfully disagree?

Community association boards are regularly faced with challenging and complex issues that can spark strong emotions. A critical responsibility of a board leader is to facilitate community conversation about these important issues. By adopting the Community Association Civility Pledge, community association boards commit to embracing principles that establish a framework for effective community conversations.

Community association boards use this framework to lead their communities through conversations about difficult and complex issues and harmonizing feedback from residents resulting in decisions that are informed and well balanced for the community as a whole.

CAI strives to promote harmony, community, responsible citizenship, and effective leadership with this initiative. In the process, we make life better for the millions of people living in community associations around the world.

How Can You Make It Happen?

Adopting the Civility Pledge starts with YOU!

1.   Distribute the document throughout your community, announcing and publicizing where and when the adoption will be considered.
2.   Explain why this is important to your community and the benefits it can create.
3.   Review and discuss the merits of the principles at an open meeting of your board of directors.
4.   Solicit input from homeowners.
5.   Hold a board vote to adopt a resolution endorsing the Community Association Civility Pledge.
6.   Share the news of adopting the Community Association Civility Pledge throughout your community regularly, post on your website, social media, and on every community association meeting agenda.
7.   Tell CAI that you’ve adopted the Community Association Civility Pledge so we can share the information on our website.

Once your community association board of directors has adopted the Community Association Civility Pledge, share the good news with CAI by completing and submitting the following information.