Saturday, 20 February 2010

Citizen Ethics Network

Updated Sunday evening

A new and interesting online project has been launched today: Citizen Ethics Network.

The Citizen Ethics Network has been established by Madeleine Bunting (Associate Editor and Columnist for The Guardian), Adam Lent (Head of Economic and Social Affairs at the Trades Union Congress) and Mark Vernon (writer and journalist). The Network is an independent initiative of Madeleine, Adam and Mark and its activities and views do not reflect those of The Guardian or the TUC.

The first publication is a booklet, in PDF format, titled Citizen Ethics in a Time of Crisis.

Contributors include Rowan Williams, Michael Sandel, Diane Coyle, Philip Pullman, Carey Oppenheim, Jesse Norman, Nicholas Sagovsky, Julian Glover, Richard Reeves, Jonathan Rutherford and Jon Cruddas, Robert Skidelsky, Will Hutton, Oliver James, Polly Toynbee, Tariq Ramadan, Alain de Botton, Camila Batmanghelidjh, and Mary Midgley.

The Guardian has also published a four page insert in today’s edition, containing extracts from the booklet.

Cif belief has started a discussion thread, Can you make society more ethical?

There will also be an event at the British Museum, on Friday, 26 February.


Cif belief has now published: Out of the abyss of individualism by Rowan Williams

Towards a just society by Michael Sandel

The three virtues we need by Philip Pullman

To tackle the last decades’ myths, we must dust off the big moral questions by Madeleine Bunting

Do contribute to the comments at these articles if they interest you.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Saturday, 20 February 2010 at 9:00am GMT | TrackBack
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Well, well, well, well ... at long last RW speaks at some length fairly clearly in public, about critical thinking and critical scholarship, what sounds like 'global' community across our differences (instead of that lovely 'restraint' which is held hostage to our differences which has been his mainstay so recently for so long, and gasp, empathy.

Okay then.

Wish he'd put this foot forward early on, say, in nourishing the considerations that eventually became the Windsor Report? In explaining the reports and gatherings that followed the WR?

Really, really, hard to figure, is this RW. If now these are the mix of virtue that will see us all through, together - what happened to the sorts of traditionalism that indeed have already foreclosed those vexing and difficult sexuality and modern life issues? Those closed-settled-unable to be further questioned beliefs and traditions as church life and cultural idols among other idols to whom we are supposed to be so dutifully bowing down as orthodox Anglicans?

What happened to the lockstep conformity which has the existence of Anglican differences subordinated to the most extremely conservative or traditional among us?

What happened to real empathy taking a number and waiting in that very, very long line, to be someday called to the heavenly windows where physical safety, equal citizenship, and human thriving in togetherness are so often said to be recognized and validated?

Which RW is the real deal?

This present one who lays out a customary Anglican big tent vision? Or the other one who is in such a rush to keep any mentions of change hushed up and demonized?

Rowan thy middle name is Janus?

Posted by: drdanfee on Monday, 22 February 2010 at 6:34pm GMT
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