Altruism Institute
A once in a lifetime experience for park & recreation professionals
2020 Program - Monday, September 7 thru Thursday, September 10
We believe we have created one of the best training programs available for parks & recreation professionals today. The Altruism Institute will be a life changing experience for anyone who attends!
The 2020 Altruism Institute is a unique and intensive 4-day program that will focus on being strategic, smart and courageous in response to today's important challenges and issues.  The host location of Boulder, Colorado will provide inspiration as we gather in one of the most beautiful places in the country, the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.  
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2020 Altruism Institute Sessions

 Institute sessions will focus on generating interest and energy around this year's theme of Ethics in how we work and act as we fulfill our roles in our communities. Below is a glimpse of this year's program content and the kind of conversations participants can expect.

The Ethics of Kinship
Kinship is a close connection marked by a community of interests or similarity in nature or character. As a kick off to the Institute,  attendees will be challenged to consider the questions, "what need is there for kinship?, "what good is it anyway?", and , "how does it influence and affect our work?"  

The Politics of Ethics…the Good, the Bad and the Difference
The practice of making moral judgements about political action is a precarious exercise at best. There is the ethics of process which deals with public officials and the methods they use to get what is "needed" and then there is the ethics of policy and judgments placed about policies and laws. Among the key issues we often face or are exposed to today are the conflict between the means and ends, and in some cases, the conflicts among the ends themselves.
The Art of Non-bias - Coming Out of the Fog
Conflict of interest has been the subject of discussion and concern in many areas of science. With the increased reliance on funding from sources outside of government, there has been renewed interest in the debate. Avoiding conflict of interest in order to achieve sound, unbiased decisions in all walks is in the vested interest of our communities if we are to affect positive change in the health and welfare of the common good. However, creating a system in which decisions are made in an ethical manner while free of conflict and individual bias is among our most prolific challenges today - and will require all of us to commit to coming out of the fog.

The First Through the Wall is Always the Bloodiest
Those in the public realm are consistently faced with ethical dilemmas based upon questionable politics, self-serving interests and other factors. Understanding society’s influence on character and values, challenging risk aversion, and being an adaptive leader can enhance everyone's capacity and ability to “do the right thing”.

Keeping Our Moral Compass From Pointing South 
Keeping our moral compass pointed forward is at the core of principle-centered behavior.  Today, however, some may feel like a salmon swimming upstream when trying to keep their moral compass from pointing south. Having courageous conversations and making tough, responsible decisions may not be popular or easy, but are necessary if we are to honor the nobility of public service. 

Maneuvering the Minefield of Legal Duties, Ethics & Responsibilities
From the court of liability to the court of public opinion, the need to identify and address legal and ethical challenges and obligations in an age of ever-expanding rights, duties, political polarization, and public scrutiny is paramount.  Exploration of today's legal and ethical realities will allow for the sharing of perspective, insights, and best practices - all key to preserving and enhancing the integrity and reputation of the organization, while minimizing personal and professional liability.  

Daily check-ins will act as de-briefs of each day’s programs using 2020 Altruism Institute readings as guideposts. Each check-in will be conducted in an interview format for the purposes of developing an Altruism Institute podcast.

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Boulder...experience the magic!​​
Altruism Institute participants will not only be the beneficiaries of an educational opportunity of a lifetime, they will also get to experience the magic of Boulder, Colorado.  Considered one of the healthiest places in the United States, Boulder's charm will captivate.  Iconic Pearl Street Mall, Chautauqua Park, the Flatirons, and
the breathtaking scenary all await your arrival.