Jan 11, 2017

Provide education in ethics and sustainability


Fireside Chat with Thomas Heymel on December 8th, 2016

We have been collaborating with Thomas for quite a while and were extremely happy to have him for a fireside chat on the topic of practical ethics and the way to more inclusion“. 

In his introduction, Thomas explained what motivated him to leave his previous management role in a large multinational corporation to take over the Corporate Development Division of the renowned Pfennigparade foundation, a non-profit organisation that focusses on opening opportunitites for people with physical disabilities.

A key target of his organization is to find 'real job opportunities' for his clients where they can actually add value and not merely finding jobs to 'keep people occupied', always with a strong focus on inclusion.

Thomas discussed some very practical problems of inclusion with the participants, be it limitations that technology can pose (e.g. tiny keys on smartphones, etc.) or physical accessibility to public spaces. Many well-intended initiatives are problematic in terms of inclusion. An example are the wheel-chair accessible areas in the Munich soccer stadium, with „front row seats“ and a red carpet“. But is that what these fans really want? Do they want to be viewed as a separate group?

Successful inclusion is when you no longer see a segregation from the larger group.

The lively discussion that followed led to a number of suggestions made by the participants, both in terms of attitude, as well as pragmatic suggestions for improvements.

All participants left the fireside chat with a clearer view on the significance of inclusion, stimulated and motivated to help improve the level of inclusion within their personal environment.

Support of the project KonTEXT

We continued to support the project KonTEXT which we mentioned in one of the previous reports. Ethica Rationalis is assisting KonTEXT in their digitalization efforts by putting their library into a digital format. We are also looking to develop an APP for managing the archive.

Retrospection on the year 2016 and at our main projects

A nice overview over our main activities and projects in 2016 may be read on our Website under the following link: http://www.ethica-rationalis.org/artikel/jahresrueckblick-2016/. 


Oct 16, 2016

Provide education in ethics and sustainability


Due to the long summer vacation between university semesters last quarter was part of a relatively quiet semster. Those actions we nevertheless accomplished were the following:

ETHIKUM "Finissage"

At the end of this ETHIKUM semester students had the opportunity to have in-depth discussions on current topics in a colloquium with Professors and Lecturers. They also shared their experiences and contributed positive suggestions for improvement in terms of the framework and content of the ETHIKUM content.

Support of the project KonTEXT

We continued to support the project KonTEXT which we mentioned in one of the previous reports. Ethica Rationalis is assisting KonTEXT in their digitalization efforts by putting their library into a digital format. We are also looking to develop an APP for managing the archive. 


Jul 19, 2016

Provide education in ethics and sustainability

Our project "Provide education in ethics and sustainability" had the following key activities in Q2/2016:


  • Philobrunch* #5 with with Dr. Andreas Belwe.


The topic was "Plato and the Good Life - Ethical Behavior in a Digital World". Within the Philobrunch format, the participants had a lively discussion about the ethical challenges and conflicts that digitalization poses on our daily lives.


  • PhiloBrunch* #6 with Ms. Prof. Dr. Steindorff-Classen.


The topic was "KonTEXT - how reading sessions can help support juvenile delinquents“ on May 21, 2016

Prof. Dr. Steindorff-Classen presented KonTEXT, a project devised by students of the Munich University of Applied Sciences where the students support juveniles who are "sentenced" by youth courts to reading sessions for pedagogic reasons. The task of the students is to organize group reading sessions with the goal of helping the delinquents develop a passion for reading. Reading material is carefully selected by the students in order to generate discussion and introspection.

The discussion of this very hands-on social project touched many topics, such as ethics in juvenile justice, social responsibility, philanthropy and the associated ethical conflicts.


Outlook for the period July 1st until September 30th, 2016

  • Workshop on practical ethics, title: "Dealing with daily conflicts - self-knowledge and strategies" on July 20th, 2016

This half-day Workshop will be moderated by Christian Strobl and conducted in cooperation with the Munich University of Applied Sciences. Participants will discuss nature and root cause of inner and outer conflicts, typical dilemnas, as well as possible counter-strategies.

  • Philobrunch* #7 with the title "Medicine and Music“. Exact date not yet set.


* Description of "Philobrunch"

Ethica Rationalis' Philobrunch (Philosophical Brunch) is a forum for sharing thoughts about ethics and sustainability among like-minded people. In small groups, questions all around ethics and sustainability are discussed in an intimate and relaxed brunch setting.


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