We are not conducting this inquiry in order to know what virtue is, but in order to become good, else there would be no advantage in studying it.
– Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead
As a Doer
Formed in the good businessman mold, my late father was of the opinion that:
Those who can, do.
Those who can’t, teach.
And those who can’t teach, administrate.
But as much as I love(d) my father and as much my own experience has shown me the elements of truth captured in that snide aphorism, nonetheless I have to disagree. For, rather than being an alternative to doing, good teaching (and good lecturing and good writing) is the ultimate form of doing because it improves the thinking of those who in turn go on to do many things better than they otherwise would have.
And yet improving people’s thinking takes more than courses and lectures and books (oh my!). It also requires programs and organizations capable of providing the effective, efficient and sustainable infrastructure that courses and lectures and books require.
The Ideas in Action section of this website contains information about my work beyond the classroom, the lecture hall and the writer’s garret. Some has been and is conducted through my company Ideas in Action LLC, and some has and/or is not.
Please contact me if you have questions.