Free & open source tools for ethics practitioners
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- VIDEO: Government Conflicts of Interest - a brief introduction to the subject. (Thanks to compliancewave.com for this video)
- COURSE: The Purpose of Government Ethics, a course with practical exercises. (This can be done by groups or individually.)
- POWERPOINT: The Purpose of Government Ethics, with script. (Intended as an introduction to training on ethics laws or it can be used by itself.)
This PowerPoint presentation is an introduction to government ethics. It was tested for over a year in the state of Massachusetts.
It can be used standalone or as a first step in training people on specific ethics rules.
To see the notes (script), in powerpoint at the top, select "VIEW" and then select "NOTES PAGE".
ACADEMIC EXPERTS ON THE FUTURE OF ETHICS TRAINING
In this section, I have gathered some of the best academic thinking on ethics and anti-corruption and summarized them so they can be quickly reviewed by practitioners in the field.
- Dan Ariely -- an excerpt from an interview he did with EthicalSystems.org
- Dennis Thompson -- Transcript: "The Paradoxes of Political Ethics" Speech given to OGE (The Office of Government Ethics) conference on September 11-13, 1991
- Robert Prentice on The future of ethics training— from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
- Francesca Gino, Bidhan (Bobby) Parmar and Julia Lee -- Ethics training research findings
THE LAB--WORKING PAPERS OF RELEVANCE TO GOVERNMENT ETHICS WILL BE POSTED HERE
COURSE ON INSTITUTIONAL CORRUPTION (2014, HARVARD); SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT MATERIALS FROM THE COURSE TAUGHT BY LARRY LESSIG.
CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS
Videos from the Safra Center Conference on "Ending Institutional Corruption"
- What is Institutional Corruption?: Lessig in the Dock [https://youtu.be/g6Up1p7Ltkc ]
- Institutional Corruption in Government and Law [https://youtu.be/IN_SsRzuNOk ]
Innovations in Ethics Training: Bridging Academia and Practitioners
Location: 2004 Classroom, Wasserstein Building, Harvard Law School.
This workshop was part of the final conference of the Safra Center Ethics Lab held on May 1-2 2015 titled: "Ending Institutional Corruption"
There were four speakers in the panel (podcast is below) they spoke in the order below:
“Government Ethics Training: How Lawyers Have Killed the Subject and the Route Forward”
Carla Miller, Founder and President, City Ethics
“Giving Voice to Values: The ‘How’ of Values-Driven Leadership”
Mary Gentile, Founder, Giving Voice to Values
“The Promises and Limits of Ethics Education”
William English, Research Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics; Research Fellow, Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching
“Reducing Integrity Risks through Moral Deliberation”
Frans Geraedts, Founding Partner, Governance and Integrity (Netherlands)
[The Civic and Moral Education Initiative]
Video: Carla Miller: ETHICS EDUCATION IN CITY GOVERNMENTS: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Speaker: Carla Miller, J.D.
Founder and President of "City Ethics"
Network Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.
Lab Products of Carla Miller, Network Fellow and Founder of CityEthics
- Labcast 12 - 6/5/2014 - From the Bottom Up: A Shift Towards Local Government Ethics Initiatives: Gregg Fields & Carla Miller
- Blog: The Emperor's New Clothes--Current State of Municipal Ethics
- Blog: Happy Birthday, Citizens United!
- Blog: The Tail Wagging the Dog: Institutional Corruption and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines
- Referendum: Tallahassee, FL Referendum written by Carla Miller, passes by 67%. Establishes strong ethics reforms and campaign finance initiatives.
- See the video on how citizens were organized to do this! [https://represent.us/action/tallahassee/ ]
- Also see the excellent video from Represent.us titled: "Corruption is legal in America" [https://represent.us/action/theproblem-4/ ]
RESOURCES (Carla's Favorites!)
ETHICAL SYSTEMS Ethical Systems makes the world's best research available and accessible, for free, to anyone interested in improving the ethical culture and behavior of an organization. See Jonathan Haidt's course on Professional Responsibility.
CITY ETHICS -- Yes, the source of this webpage! See the main website for comprehensive resources for municipal ethics programs. (Model Ethics Code; and Local Government Ethics Programs 2.0: A Resource for Ethics Commission Members, Local Officials, Attorneys, Journalists, and Students, And a Manual for Ethics Reform.)
GIVING VOICE TO VALUES Rather than the usual focus on ethical analysis, the GVV curriculum focuses on ethical implementation and asks the question: What would I say and do if I were going to act on my values? Drawing on the actual experiences of managers as well as multi-disciplinary research, GVV helps students identify the many ways to voice their values in the workplace. It provides the opportunity to script and practice in front of peers, equipping future business leaders not only to know what is right, but how to make it happen. The GVV curriculum is FREE to educators. Video on Building Trust: Mary Gentile
ETHICS UNWRAPPED A project from Robert Prentice at the University of Texas at Austin; wonderful training videos based on behavioral ethics. "Using the tools of psychology and related fields, this new area of study explores the organizational pressures and psychological biases that often cause well-intentioned people to act unethically. By sharing stories and real world examples, we encourage ethical decision-making and behavior. All of our videos, and the teaching resources that go with them, provide a platform for fostering meaningful discussion about ethics in the classroom, boardroom and beyond."
An example video from the Ethics Unwrapped site above: Intro to Behavioral Ethics
- REPRESENT U.S. We are building a fiercely non-partisan movement to pass tough anti-corruption laws in cities and states across America, and end the legalized corruption that has come to define modern politics.
- Tallahassee, Florida anti-corruption referendum. An example of a Charter referendum that passed with a strong citizen coalition (67%). Also see the Huffington Post article on same.
- See the page on how to establish an independent Inspector General office in your city or county.