One Day Introduction to Ethics

This workshop provides NGOs, politicians, strategists and policy advisors with a grounding in ethics. These workshops will help participants understand how ethical concepts can be employed to guide their process of strategic planning, policy making and political actions. The workshops start with a basic introduction taking people through the central questions and concepts of ethics, after which, in workgroup format, we apply these principles to practical cases brought in by participants.

Ethics and the Designed Environment

Everything around us is designed and has quite powerful ethical authority over us. The things with which we interact tell us how to behave so it is important to understand how objects of design guide our actions, define our politics and ethical sentiments. What responsibility do designers have as authors of our interactions? This workshop is devoted to mapping the authority of objects and offering some answer to these questions.

Religious Ethics and Tolerance

How does religion, as an ethical system, interplay with dominant political, scientific and cultural rules and norms? What effect does religious discourse have on the development and implementation of law and public policy? In exploring the limits of tolerance between religious and secular practices, we explore ways to understand, manage and ultimately conjure strategies to mitigate the conflicts that emerge.

Political Ethics, not Just an Oxymoron

From big to small actors, politics is about changing the city, the country or the world to make them ‘better’ places. The questions that we tackle in this workshop have to do with what kinds of considerations are at play when we go out and try to change the way things work by political action, law and public administration. We look, essentially, at how we can understand politics as a negotiation between the legal and the ethical in the public space.

Compliance, Ethics and the Law

To comply with the law does not necessarily mean to behave ethically. Some times laws are more acceptable than some of our most deeply held moral intuitions, while other times the law permits us to do things that are unethical and complying with the law is not enough. And even at times in history, it has been morally desirable to break the law for the sake of doing what is ‘right’. How can we distinguish between what is legal and what is ethical, how do we develop tools to resolve moral dilemmas and find ways to balance ethical and legal commitments with organizational interests? These are the issues that this workshop will tackle.