Love, Forgiving and Governing
The truest form of social networking takes place in person, so members of a group dedicated to distilling learnings about the power of love and forgiveness in governing are joining to exchange ideas first-hand.
Members of the Fetzer Advisory Council on Governing Professions plan to gather with participants from outstanding governmental projects around the world that demonstrate love, forgiveness and effective leadership. The event, planned for Nov. 13-14, will be managed by Community of Sant’Egidio and hosted at the Berkley Center on Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University.
There will be a keynote and various seminars which will gather exemplars from different projects with an interlocutor, who through his questions will seek to base the conversation around the learning goals of the Fetzer Advisory Council, or FAC: These topics will include the motivations and conditions that helped this exemplar be successful, how love and forgiveness is embodied and expressed in the work of the exemplar and case itself, and the impact of this exemplar / positive example on others’ awareness of the power of love and forgiveness?
From a broader perspective, the gathering will search for patterns in these examples, from underlying conditions to progressions of action that lead to success.
One key tenet of the event is the importance of speaking of love and forgiveness in terms of governmental services. While unusual, the practice has been shown to lead projects in the desired direction.
In that vein, the event will kick off regular online updates, group reflections and encouragement to put the emphasis on love and forgiveness into the conversation.
The project’s success will be measured by the effectiveness and completeness of its implementation, the increased collaboration among FAC members and partners, and the growth in web traffic at an online portal of stories and examples.
This is a project of the Fetzer Advisory Council on Governing Professions.