At A2Ethics.org, we talk a lot about civic ethics and about learning to be civic ethicists. We are, in fact, preparing the groundwork for imagining and developing a new field: civic and public ethics. But what does that mean? And what is a civic ethicist? What does it take to become one? And why does a community need civic ethicists?
We're hoping to answer those questions in forming Generational Leaders.
A2Ethics.org is a new type of local organization dedicated to advancing a new idea: Our communities benefit when people educate each other to become independent critics and fair-minded civic troubleshooters on local issues with ethical significance… and when they act on behalf of everyone to improve the places where we work, play and live.
As part of our mission, we’re striving to broaden civic discussion and increase public engagement, both through traditional approaches and events, and by introducing new models and programs.
Because the making and mentoring of civic ethicists requires mutual encouragement and education across the generations, we decided that one of the best ways to achieve this particular goal was by establishing a group of early adapters. That, in essence, is where the Generational Leaders begins.
Recognizing the value of experience, we've patterned our "new idea" on successful mentor programs initiated by other organizations from across the nonprofit world. In many cases, these programs are designed to bring new people into the fold and to support the unique mission of the group. All for the good.
Given that we are socially minded, it's only natural that we would want to connect with others who welcome not only a chance to socialize, but also to discuss issues and ideas that impact our lives and have ethical consequences for the places where we work, play and live.
- They will be values-driven individuals
- Who are interested in exploring and sharing how ethical perspectives can be applied to issues of great importance to everyone,
- Who enjoy participating in lively give-and-take discussions on ethics-related topics,
- Who are looking to expand their professional networks and support groups,
- And who are eager to connect with other open-minded people.
- A valuable mentoring experience
- A unique opportunity to grow professional networks
- The ability to introduce ethical perspectives into local policy debates