Welcome to the Ethical Culture Society of Silicon Valley

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UPCOMING  EVENTS:  SUMMER 2018

Event dates can also be found on our calendar pag

 

Wednesday Evening Discussion and Food

Wednesday August 15th, 6:30pm

Paula and Ben’s home (RSVP for location details)

Ethical dilemmas from our daily lives will be the focus of the discussion.  Bring ethical situations you personally face to the group for a hearty and thoughtful discussion.  For instance, are you faced with an ethical choice and wonder what the right thing to do is?  Does something you see in the media make you wince because you think it’s unethical?  Did some person act in a way that received media attention because it was seen as very “moral” and it got you thinking about what you would do in the same situation?  Bring it to the group for discussion!

Vegan dinner served at 6:30, discussion at 7:30.  PLEASE do not bring any food or drink into the home.  RSVP for location details (you can use our Meetup page if you have an account there, or you can use our contact form.)

 


Friday Morning Ethics Discussion

Topic TBD

Friday August 17th, 10am to noon

Holder’s Country Inn (998 S. DeAnza Blvd, San Jose CA 95129)

Using situations in life and from the news of the week, we’ll explore ethical issues of the day.  The topic will change every month.  Bring issues from your life or the news to share.

Although it’s fine to just show up, it would be greatly appreciated if you RSVP so we have some idea how many people to expect.  You can use our Meetup page if you have an account there, or you can use our contact form.  Thanks!

 


Sunday Spotlight: Fostering Viewpoint Diversity

Sunday August 19th, 11am

Neutra House (183 Hillview Ave., Los Altos CA 94022)

This Sunday we’ll be doing something a little bit different.  We’ll be talking about viewpoint diversity and the barriers that sometimes make it difficult for us to hear others’ opinions on polarizing topics.  We’ll offer a short introduction to the subject along with a little music and opening words to start things off.  The main event will be our conversation, where we welcome you to share your thoughts.

The program begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m., and we’d love it if you’d stay afterwards for a beverage, light refreshments, and to share your thoughts.

Although it’s fine to just show up, it would be greatly appreciated if you RSVP so we have some idea how many people to expect and can set up the room accordingly.  You can use our Meetup page if you have an account there, or you can use our contact form. Thanks!

 


Video Night With Discussion and Food

Wednesday August 22nd, 6:30pm

Paula and Ben’s home (RSVP for location details)

Join us for another video exploring issues related to ethics.  We will look into the deeper and more introspective questions in life.  The goal of the night is to be inspired and motivated to pursue meaningful virtues in our everyday lives.  Suggestions for videos under 30 minutes are welcome!

Vegan dinner served at 6:30, discussion at 7:30.  PLEASE do not bring any food or drink into the home.  RSVP for location details (you can use our Meetup page if you have an account there, or you can use our contact form.)

 


Book Club: Moral Mazes – The World of Corporate Managers by Robert Jackall

Sunday August 26th, 11am

Neutra House (183 Hillview Ave., Los Altos CA 94022)

For this meeting of the Ethical Culture Book Club we will be discussing “Moral Mazes: The World of Corporate Managers” by Robert Jackall.

• All are welcome (though please read the book)
• Please bring along at least one point for discussion
• If you have chance, look over the list to help choose the next book http://ethicalsiliconvalley.org/ecssv-book-club/

Abstract: This classic study of ethics in business presents an eye-opening account of how corporate managers think the world works, and how big organizations shape moral consciousness.  Robert Jackall takes the reader inside a topsy-turvy world where hard work does not necessarily lead to success, but sharp talk, self-promotion, powerful patrons, and sheer luck might.  What sort of everyday rules-in-use do people play by when there are no fixed standards to explain why some succeed and others fail?  In the words of one corporate manager, those rules boil down to this maxim: “What is right in the corporation is what the guy above you wants from you.  That’s what morality is in the corporation.”  This brilliant, disturbing, funny look at the ethos of the corporate world presents compelling real life stories of the men and women charged with running the businesses of America.

Although it’s fine to just show up, it would be greatly appreciated if you RSVP so we have some idea how many people to expect and can set up the room accordingly.  You can use our Meetup page if you have an account there, or you can use our contact form. Thanks!