Our Mission

We work to facilitate open-minded, informed and respectful dialogue among a broad and engaged public and its leaders to arrive at outcomes that help to create better communities. 

What we stand for

We believe that shared underlying values are the basis of balanced and workable decision making.

We urge mutual respect that enables the pluralism of diverse views, interests and identities, and equal opportunities for all.

We value democracy, promoting the exercise of authority in ways that are fair, transparent and accommodate mutually respectful diversities.

We encourage the public to be informed on the issues and engaged in the governing of society.

We seek leadership that acts according to these values domestically and internationally, and we believe that individual leaders can make a positive difference.

What we do

We organize discussions, research projects and publications, drawing lessons from history as well as exploring the best contemporary evidence and thinking.

We apply a singular focus:

We select timely issues from the many and diverse subjects that affect how compatibly and constructively we live together. We aim to facilitate choices that are most likely to contribute to a better society.

We think locally, nationally and internationally:

Many of our programs address issues of universal human concern for a satisfying life. While we live locally, community conditions in our interdependent world result from choices made locally, nationally and internationally.

We address individual, societal and global actors:

The choices we examine include those to be made by individuals, organizations and governments. We urge all to take responsibility for the betterment of society and to expect the same from their leaders.

Our programming

We seek out and join leading thinkers, practitioners and organizations to bring this ethical perspective to such matters as:

  • Human rights, civil liberties and response to breaches at home and in other sovereign states
  • Economic and social disparities and prospects for individual mobility
  • Education that embodies humanitarian, social and civic values and creates opportunity
  • Creative human expression, shared cultural interests and the ethical use of the arts
  • Reconciling past violent or abusive community behaviour, healing and avoiding repetition
  • Conditions or risks of instability, unfairness or conflict among states, governments or populations
  • Dealing with undemocratic countries, their engagement, investment and commerce abroad

We address governance that best serves individual liberties as well as healthy and innovative communities, considering:

  • Loss of trust in governments and leaders
  • Partisan campaigning and balanced governing
  • Disproportionate societal influence of selective interests
  • Policy debate, public disengagement and political polarization
  • Role of media in politics, social issues and meaningful policy debate
  • Surveillance, security, law enforcement and the capturing, privacy and use of personal data

Contact Info:

Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership

10 East 62nd Street 6th Floor
New York, NY 10065