LakewoodAlive to Host “Civil Discourse and Mutual Respect” Community Forum on May 14

April 17, 2019

Our society was built on a foundation of civil discourse – a skill that remains vitally important to this day.  The people around us are our neighbors, and we must collectively strive to listen to and respect differing points of view in order for our society to work.  Yet how can we ensure civility prevails as a societal virtue during an era of digital insults and political division?

Civil Discourse and Mutual Respect Community Forum Flyer

LakewoodAlive, a community-centered nonprofit organization, announces it will host a community forum – entitled Civil Discourse and Mutual Respect – from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue).  This community conversation will offer insightful dialogue regarding how we can feel empowered to promote a society that values open-mindedness, politeness and respectful disagreement.

Both the general public and members of the media are invited to attend this free forum as the community seeks to better understand the current state of civil discourse within our society and the importance of civility to our future.  The discussion will delve into the consequences associated with dwindling decorum, the art of practicing intellectual humility, the threat posed by social media and best practices for promoting a more civil, respectful society.

Judge Michael J. Ryan, a longtime judge within the Juvenile Division of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, will oversee a distinguished group of panelists for an informative discussion.  The final 30 minutes will be devoted to panelists fielding questions from the audience.

The panelists participating in this community forum include:

– Tyler Olson, Program Manager – Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies, Cuyahoga Community College
– Edward Smith, former Foreign Service Officer & Diplomat, U.S. Department of State, and private sector development executive specializing in emerging economies, post conflict and potential conflict country environments.
– Judge Gayle Williams-Byers, South Euclid Municipal Court

For more information regarding the Civil Discourse and Mutual Respect forum on May 14, please visit or contact LakewoodAlive at 216-521-0655.





An engaged and active citizen is our best asset, and LakewoodAlive works with partners throughout the community to publicly discuss the issues of the day. We regularly host Community Forums designed to provide access to experts and resources within a particular field, as well as engage our Lakewood neighbors in meaningful discussions regarding topics pertinent to our community.

The following resources pertain to past forums LakewoodAlive has hosted.  We hope you find them informative and useful.

Depression, Anxiety and Teens – Who Cares? A Community Conversation

November 2018
Recap Article: LakewoodAlive’s “Depression, Anxiety and Teens” Community Forum Tackles Challenges Facing Young People
Recap Article: LakewoodAlive tackles teen anxiety and depression with forum

Additional Resources

Child Mind Institute City of Lakewood – Division of Youth
Cleveland Clinic HelpGuide
Lakewood City School District

Embracing Diversity: Fostering Equity and Inclusion in Lakewood

May 2018
Recap Article: LakewoodAlive’s “Embracing Diversity” Community Forum Celebrates Our Differences
Recap Article: Lakewood community members hold ‘Embracing Diversity’ discussion

Additional Resources

City of Lakewood Compass Consulting Services
The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio International Community Council
Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission She Collective

What’s Our Plan: A Community Conversation About School Safety

April 2018
Recap Article: More Than 100 Community Members Participate in School Safety Community Forum
Recap Article: Lakewood officials call recent community conversation about school safety a success

Additional Resources

City of Lakewood Educator’s School Safety Network
Lakewood City School District Lakewood Police Department
National Education Association School Safety Initiative

Aging in Place: Wave of the Future

November 2017
Recap Article: Planning Ahead: LakewoodAlive’s Community Forum Ponders Future of Aging Population

Additional Resources

Aging in Place Resource Guide Enterprise Community Partners
Lakewood Division of Aging LSC Service Corp.
National Aging in Place Council Senior Transportation Connection

From Refugee to Neighbor Part 2: Understanding Public Policy and Community Impact

May 2017
Recap Article: LakewoodAlive’s “From Refugee to Neighbor” Community Forum Celebrates Our City’s Diversity

Additional Resources

Building Hope in the City Community West Foundation
City of Lakewood Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland
Cleveland Catholic Charities – Migration and Refugee Services The Refugee Response

The Heroin Epidemic: Understanding Impact and Options

November 2016
Recap Article: 90 Attendees Pack Lakewood Public Library for Community Forum Regarding Heroin Epidemic

Additional Resources

ADAMHS Board Heroin Crisis Hotline Let’s Face Heroin Resource Guide
City of Lakewood Addiction Resources Project DAWN Opioid Overdose Education Program
Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force Rx Drug Drop Box Program
Cuyahoga County Heroin & Fentanyl Data St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Addiction Education

A Deep Dive: Lake Erie Starts at Home

June 2016
Recap Article: LakewoodAlive’s Community Forum Draws Crowd to Discuss Lake Erie

From Refugee to Neighbor: Continuing the Conversation

November 2015

Exploring the Legend: Is Equality Alive in Lakewood

May 2015

Housing: Securing a Second Century

December 2013

Housing: A New Approach for a New Century

May 2012

2010 US Census: What it Means for Lakewood

November 2011

Bailey Building and Beyond: Downtown Development

November 2010