The Forum on Ethics & Responsibilities relies on 17 international Professional and Thematic Networks. These are displayed on the left. To contact a network representative, click on the network you are interested in, on the left, or go to the list of all the representatives.
The FER has chosen to focus on professions and thematic fields for the following reasons:
Focusing our activities to promote ethics and responsibility on specific areas of human activity that are vital to societal life on our globe will strengthen the sense of a common purpose among those involved and the cohesion of the work slated for achievement. It will also increase its scope.
The world of human activity is a very dominant aspect of global society and as such worth being concentrated upon, provided that it is treated as part of the broader social life of human beings and as a part that influences and is being influenced by its wider environment;
Professionals are bound to face concrete “Responsibility” issues in the different senses of the word. They tend to already have a fairly clear idea of what this is about, which facilitates reflection, discussions, and the identification of Responsibility-related problems.
Many professions are quite well organized and as such, are attractive targets.
Thematic fields are also already being focused on by different groups, with which it is a good idea to form alliances.
The networks working with professionals or on a thematic field are to prepare, then to use “Reflection for Action” monographs.
These monographs will also be efforts to promote cultures of Responsibility.
This preliminary stage should in itself have an in-depth impact insofar as it will deepen the insight, and provide opportunities to learn from one another and become more sensitive to culturally induced differences.
Coverage will also be increased through the participation of new collaborators in this preliminary work.
The final documents will contain proposals on how to promote cultures of Responsibility within professional or thematic fields.
The monographs will then be discussed at a Working Conference in November 2011, which will provide an opportunity to identify commonalities among experiences in different professions as well to further enhance sensitivity to cultural differences and learn from one another.