"Beating at the heart of American democracy is the ethical proposition that “Public Office is a Public Trust.” But what does this mean? Where did the idea come from? Is it still true? How can we tell a good public servant from an unworthy one?
I'm delighted to invite you to participate in the inaugural session of the Caux Round Table's ("CRT") Academy of Public Service, scheduled to take place at 9 am on Thursday, July 17th, 2014, at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul.
The Academy of Public Service is a new initiative to encourage and professionalize elected and appointed public officials at all levels, as well as those who aspire to elective or appointive office, to live up to the highest standards of stewardship responsibility.
The mission of the Academy is to promote good stewardship in office, thoughtful trusteeship and enlightened fiduciary practices using the CRT's Principles for Government as best practices. The commitment of the Academy is taken from George Washington’s remarks to the delegates at the 1787 Constitutional Convention that “Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest may repair.”
For some time now and to the great detriment of our state and country, a narrowness in serving the common good has dominated our politics, resulting in a system of government that is polarized, fractured and unable to effectively address even its most basic challenges. The Academy will train a new generation of responsible, public citizens around the tried and tested ideals of public service.
The Academy’s workshop will present historic, intellectual and moral foundations for the ethics of public stewardship, including the Bible, John Locke, Adam Smith, Max Weber and the Federalist Papers, among others. Participants will receive reading materials and a copy of the CRT’s handbook on its Principles for Government.
Prominent public officials who have endorsed the Academy to date include former Minnesota Governor and U.S. Congressman Al Quie; former U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger; former U.S. Congressman Jim Ramstad; former Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Joanne Benson; Secretary of State Mark Ritchie; State Senator John Marty; State Senator Roger Reinert; and former Duluth School Board member Mike Maxim.
Cost to attend is $50.00 per person and will include lunch.
Former Minnesota Governor and U.S. Congressman Al Quie will be speaking with us over lunch about his experiences in finding common ground during his political career.
A certificate of recognition will be given to all who complete the workshop.
Space is limited.
For more information and/or to register, please contact Jed Ipsen, Associate Director of the Caux Round Table, at (651) 223-2863 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Landmark Center is located at 75 5th Street in downtown St. Paul. We'll be in the Chief Justice Room (room 430).