Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics

The Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics (LCAE) advances teaching, research and community engagement efforts that explore how best to live together as a human community, so that we all may achieve purposeful, productive and prosperous lives.

Imagine a world where technology is keyed to human flourishing, where innovation takes stock of what might be lost and not only what might be gained, and where the simple beauty of connection, touch, and intimacy aren’t sacrificed in favor of growth and endless optimization. Imagine a world of ethical innovation.

We are animated by the profound ways digital technologies are changing us.

We are grounded by the belief that not all change is innovation, not all innovation progress.

We are inspired by the conviction that while no one knows what comes next, there is enough shared wisdom, know-how, and goodwill to get started.

Our Guiding Principles

To best explain the work of LCAE, we share our four guiding principles. Through co-creative collaboration facilitated by Design Thinking Consultant Dr. Tamara Christensen of Idea Farm, our team created these guiding principles to focus our work while keeping ourselves accountable for our intended goals. 

 Walk our talk 

Innovate ethically through an embodied and embedded practice that leverages insights from the humanities.

 Ground the work 

Concretize the vision and cultivate shared expectations.

 Lead with trust and respect 

Prize honesty, integrity, empathy, and difference and empower diverse perspectives.

 Perceive and persist 

Take chances, acknowledge and leverage failure while celebrating successes.

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