I was in court a few weeks ago and was struck by the small sign at the judge’s bench discussing the importance of civility in the courtroom. I never would have expected to see such a public statement about the topic but, of course, understood the need after a few moments of reflection. Three days later, I received an email from a friend getting his doctorate in entrepreneurial management at DePaul. He’s studying the experiences that entrepreneurs have with incivility, and asked if I could share his survey with the JuntoTribe (if you’re a founder, please take a look; the survey took me about 10 minutes). The coincidence of these experiences days apart put the topic at the front of my mind given the type of work we do at Junto…and, of course, given our times. On the one hand, I’m proud as heck that Junto is a community with little, if any, incivility. I believe our mission, focus on emotional intelligence, and – most importantly – quality of people all help create a space of learning, love, togetherness, and civility. On the other hand, I admit that Junto is a bubble. It runs counter to how much of the world is operating these days with increased divisiveness, polarization, and incivility. Like most people, I have no idea if and how things may change course. But I’ve come to terms with that. Because the more I do this work, the more I’m inspired by people like us building such bubbles, and even more who want to step inside them.