Work

Bill and Arctic wolf Aka gaze over a balcony at the University of Vermont in 2003.

We build ethical capacity.

We help individuals, communities and organizations build the capacity to think through their own values and commitments, and the capacity to make ethically informed decisions. Our approach to ethical capacity building is interdisciplinary in spirit and pluralist in approach, welcoming a diverse array of insights. This creates shared moral ground for deliberative and practical dialogue about the moral issues at stake and what we ought to do about them.

We generate ethically informed, scientifically rigorous research articles, popular essays, courses, seminars, workshops and the like to build interdisciplinary knowledge useful to deliberative decision making. We then use this knowledge to build the ethical capacity of others through ethics training, policy framing, meeting facilitation and expert testimony.

What Do We Want?

We strive for a global community that cares for animals as a distinct sphere of ethical and practical concern. This calls for humanity to sharpen our individual and collective capacity for ethical thought and behavior, and fulfill our moral and political responsibilities to people, animals and nature.

How Does it Work?

We have three program areas – research, education, and training. All have established and planned projects. Projects are organized around collaborative teams composed of experts in fields relevant to a project’s subject matter. These experts may work on a research article, educational course, or offer ethics training together. Team leads take on oversight and organizational roles. We, otherwise, minimize hierarchy to foster creativity and the flow of ideas. To minimize overhead costs, all operations are online.

What Animals Do We Consider?

All animals merit our moral concern. In addition, we consider animals as individuals, and as active members of their broader ecological and social communities. Much of our work takes place at the interface of animals and their interactions with humans. This is only natural as we all live in ‘mixed communities’ involving a diversity of people and animals inhabiting a shared landscape. Examples include outdoor ‘house’ cats and their impact on biodiversity, and Asian elephant’s interacting with Karen people and mahouts in SE Asia.