Strategic Planning Principles

April 13, 2017

To be the world's leading organization promoting ethics education on global issues.

To inspire and guide debate, and to educate the public on ethical choices.

The Council convenes agenda-setting forums with world experts, producing educational opportunities and resources for opinion makers.

As an operating foundation, the Council does not make grants. It underwrites programs of its own design and seeks strategic partnerships to maximize its reach.

The Council's unremitting focus is on the enduring importance of moral values as they relate to war, peace, and social justice.

We take seriously a commitment to equality of voice and equality of respect.

We seek not an outcome or a policy but a method, a way of engaging, debating, working together, and building long-term networks of trust across religions, cultures, histories, and ethnicities.

By ethics, we mean systematic reflection on the values and standards by which policy choices are made and defended.

Ethics is a reflection on the choices of various actors (states, groups, institutions, individuals) as well as the search for alternative systems and arrangements that produce morally desirable outcomes.

The Council's approach seeks common understanding where possible and emphasizes the obligation to imagine better options for the future.

The Council is a place for mutual learning. Forums reach across disciplines and professions. We seek to bring together leading thinkers with people who have significant first-hand experiences with specific policy challenges.

The Council gives voice to moral argument. It provides space and resources for sustained dialogue.

The Council is currently focusing on the following broad areas:

  • Alliances – the rise of populism; U.S.-Europe; U.S.-Asia
  • Free speech – cyber-norms; big data; polarization
  • Climate – geoengineering; governance; innovation

The Council influences community leaders, educators, and opinion makers by insisting that values and standards be addressed explicitly in policy debate. As a non-partisan educational institution, the Council is committed to presenting a range of views representing a variety of ethical perspectives and cultural experiences.