After years of consistently high unemployment in this country, the job situation is finally start to look up and the hope is this positive trend will continue. (See: The Employment Report: The Private Sector is in Good Health)
The Character Building Project (CBP) continues to provide support for and exposure to those working to improve character in America. Members of the character community are sharing their lectures and best practices as CBP offers a platform to expand the audience of those interested in character and virtue. Alex Havard, of the Havard Leadership Institute, has shared an interview conducted at the Army Navy Club in Washington. Alex often tells us leadership is about virtue in action. Learn more of Alex’s views on virtuous leadership at http://hvli.org/video/.
The next member of the character community to be introduced is Frank Hill. Upon returning to North Carolina after a 22-year ‘hiatus’ in Washington, D.C., and after witnessing the meltdown in 2008 of the financial community in Charlotte, Frank was struck by the fact that many people were ‘mad’ about the situation and especially the lack of political leadership in Washington that directly led to such a terrible outcome. Continue reading
The next member of the “character community” to not only profile but acknowledge as an early supporter of Politics with Principle, is Peter John Hampson. Peter is a Professor of Psychology, University of the West of England, Bristol, (UK); Associate Tutor, Wesley College Bristol (UK); President of the Bristol Theological Society, Peter is also a Visiting Research Scholar at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University. His scholarly and research interests include theology-psychology dialogue; Thomist anthropology and moral psychology; religion, theology and interdisciplinary in contemporary higher education. Continue reading
Hopefully, many will readers will appreciate Robert Porter Lynch’s commentary http://www.characters-with-character.com/blog/2011/3/14/collaboration-creates-extraordinary-results.html#comments and see the extraordinary result of our last post on “collaboration.”
Robert joins the Character Building Project (CBP) in calling for a our “highest quest,” a “symphony of synergies,” or as Robert states … Continue reading
It occurred to me through the publication of Politics with Principle and by working on the Character Building Project (CBP), I am now approaching the ten thousand hour threshold of hours of practice Malcolm Gladwell proposed in his best selling book Outliers: The Story of Success. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1858880,00.html Continue reading
The Mission of the Character Building Project is to foster character building in a rising generation of public service aspirants by sharing the stories of successful and ethical leaders who presently serve others in government, public and private sector careers. Our vision is to expand the conversation about the importance individuals of good character can make to the lives of our fellow Americans. Continue reading
The next member of the “character community” to profile is Marc Butler of Denver Colorado. I came to know Marc as a fellow board member of “Families of Character.” Marc is a unique leader, not only as the CEO of J.R. Butler, Inc. http://www.jrbutlerinc.com but also a leader in building character. Continue reading
The next member of the “character community” to profile is my good friend William Hooke. Bill now directs the Policy Program at the American Meteorological Society, where he has been since 2000. But he started out as an atmospheric scientist. For 33 years he worked as a career civil service employee with what is now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [You may have noticed that sometimes your weather forecast is wrong? Bill’s job, first as a scientist, and then as a manager and a leader of scientists and engineers, was to make those forecasts better.] Bill started out in the research world, in Boulder, Colorado, but eventually, in 1987, Senior Executive Service responsibilities brought him to Washington, DC. He served for seven years as the Deputy Chief Scientist of NOAA, in the Reagan, Bush I, and Clinton administrations. For two years he was Senior Scientist in the office of then Secretary of Commerce William Daley. For much of his time in Washington, Bill worked under White House auspices to coordinate inter-agency federal research and collaboration in reducing the impacts of disasters. His work cut across floods and storms, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, pandemics, and terrorist acts. He came to see that science could help, but that public policies, toward land use and building codes, and protection of critical infrastructure, were far more important. In 2006 he was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society, which was founded in 1745 by Benjamin Franklin and is “held at Philadelphia for the promotion of useful knowledge.”
The world’s peoples – all seven billion of us – wake up each morning seeking a slightly better life on this Earth, which is, at one and the same time, a resource, a victim, and a threat. We depend on the Earth for breathable air, potable water, food and fiber, energy, and every other imaginable service. As seven billion of us tramp around, we inevitably degrade the very environment, natural habitat, and biodiversity we depend upon. And because of our land use, building codes, and rapid social change we continue to find ourselves confounded and dismayed by flood and drought, hurricanes, and fierce winter storms.
These problems lie not so much in science as in the policy framework that either fosters or inhibits society’s ability to make decisions and take actions based on the best available knowledge and understanding… our job in the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program. We help scientists understand the policy process, policymakers understand the state of natural and social science, and both communities collaborate more effectively for the public good. Our efforts are critical and urgent. Though small, we succeed for two reasons:
First, we have a well-deserved reputation for being objective, thoughtful, balanced, and apolitical.
Second, we recognize that these issues, like many others, hinge not so much on the scientific and political skills of society as a whole so much as they are rooted in the character of its individual members.”
Bill blogs for the AMS on many of these subjects at http://livingontherealworld.org.
Bob Hall, a Marine and member of our character community http://www.characters-with-character.com/blog/2011/1/25/semper-fi-bob-hall.html is helping build character in America in many ways. Today’s contribution is with a poem to his granddaughter that I’ve included at the end of his essay, which follows. Bob’s granddaughter is now ten. Bob may not with her through her teen years, as Bob has IPF. I know the poem will also be useful to others who wish to influence a child’s future. When appropriate, I intend to share it with my six granddaughters. Continue reading