||October 25th 2013 at 9:00am
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An Invitation to Discuss Impact Ethics in Atlanta
Faculty members from Dalhousie University, Northwestern University, the University of Minnesota,and the University of Western Ontario invite you to participate in a series of personal, informal, and collegial discussions of “impact ethics” that will be held on October 25th and 26th, 2013. To make these discussions accessible and convenient, they have been scheduled to coincide with the annual meeting of the ASBH in Atlanta, and they will be held in a hotel close to the ASBH meeting. (Frequently Asked Questions)
“Impact ethics” is bioethics scholarship, teaching, and advocacy that strive to demonstrably and meaningfully improve health care through acts of whistle-blowing, investigative research, working with journalists in challenging existing orthodoxies, engaging in policy-making, and other activities. What counts as impact ethics is itself a matter for discussion, and we invite you to participate in a conversation that examines the meaning of impact ethics and explores particular examples of bioethics work that aim to make a difference.
The faculty members would like to meet, individually, with people engaged in impact ethics. The purposes of these meetings are to hear the stories and provide a sounding board for those involved in the difficult work of making an impact and for all participants to learn more about the nature of impact ethics and explore how impact ethics can be done successfully.
The individual meetings will last up to 1.5 hours. The first portion of each meeting will focus on the individual’s particular experiences with impact ethics and ideas about impact ethics. Practical examples of impact ethics include working as a clinical ethicist and providing reasoned challenges to decisions by senior administrators or policies at the institution where you are employed; taking an unpopular but reasoned and evidence-based approach to a matter of public interest and shaping debate on this topic; making a meaningful contribution to local, provincial/state, or national policy-formation; engaging in investigative work that draws from both bioethics and journalism; and using interaction with reporters to contribute to public debates and controversies. These examples are meant to illustrate various facets of impact ethics. You might have your own practical examples or a distinct account of what ought to be regarded as impact ethics. Whether you wish to draw upon your own experiences or wish to discuss the general phenomenon of impact ethics, we hope you will consider contributing to this conversation.
The second portion of each meeting will provide an opportunity for individual mentoring. Faculty members will be prepared to discuss a variety of topics and mentor individuals on them. The topics include (but are not limited to): filing for information under the Freedom of Information Act; how to interact with the media; contributing to public debate and policy-making; doing “investigative bioethics”; and combining rigorous scholarship with advocacy work.
If you are interested in discussing impact ethics, please submit a one-page application describing how you are trying to have an impact. In your application you should provide a brief account of the issues you wish to share with members of the impact ethics group and any matters on which you would appreciate individual mentoring. Include your name, e-mail address, phone number, and, if you have a preference, the day on which you would like to meet. Applications should be sent to Jocelyn Downie at Jocelyn.firstname.lastname@example.org. Confidentiality will at all times be respected.
The impact ethics working group is:
Françoise Baylis, Dalhousie University
Jocelyn Downie, Dalhousie University
Alice Dreger, Northwestern University
Barry Hoffmaster, Western Ontario
Leigh Turner, University of Minnesota
FAQs about the upcoming Impact Ethics Meeting in Atlanta, October 25th and 26th.
Is there an application deadline for the workshop on Impact Ethics?
The deadline is Monday, June 24. Those applicants who are selected for meeting individually with us will be informed of our decision 2-3 weeks after the applications are due (i.e., some time in July).
If I’ve been working with a collaborator, can we both apply to have a meeting with you?
Yes, but we would ask that you apply together and limit the application to two people, because of the room size we have arranged for these personalized meetings.
Will the meetings compete with the main ASBH sessions?
Each 75 minute Impact Ethics meeting slot will include only one participant (or, in the case of applications from a collaborative pair, that pair) meeting with the Impact Ethics Group. The Impact Ethics Meeting will be held in a meeting space at a hotel within walking distance of the main ASBH meeting, so the Impact Ethics Meeting should not require any particular participant to be away from the ASBH meeting for more than 75 minutes in total (plus walking time), We can work to schedule these individualized meetings so that applicants who need to attend ASBH sessions do not run into problematic conflicts. We will contact participants to schedule meeting times soon after the ASBH schedule has been finalized and made public. The Impact Ethics Group has scheduled a total of ten 75-minute slots open between the two days.
Do I have to plan to attend ASBH to apply to the Impact Ethics Meeting?
No. These are separate meetings. We are running ours in the same vicinity at the same time simply because doing so is likely to make it easier for people to meet with us.
Can I attend the Impact Ethics discussions if I don’t submit an application?
No. The Impact Ethics working group can only meet with participants who have submitted an application and been accepted for an individualized meeting with us. Our individualized meetings have been designed to provide participants with highly personalized attention. Because of the energy involved in this process, the working group can only accept a limited number of applications. If there is strong interest in these meetings, future opportunities for this kind of collaborative, supportive discussion might be offered.
Are the meetings designed for the benefit of the working group or the applicants for meetings?
While we expect that the Impact Ethics meetings will be mutually beneficial, the working group is most interested in meeting with those who seek mentoring in their own endeavors to make an impact. The working group has a great deal of experience in various forms of advocacy directed at legal, public policy, clinical, and societal change.