Event Review

The Value of Virtuousness & Wicked Problems

March 19, 2013; 6:00 p.m.

2013 Davenport Presidential Lecture Series, Co-Sponsored by the WMSBF
Davenport University Sneden Auditorium
6191 Kraft Ave., Grand Rapids

The subject of Wicked Problems was raised by Dr. Kyle Whyte, Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University, at our Corporate Social Responsibility Conference last fall. Wicked Problems are characterized by deep ambiguity in the assumptions and philosophical categories used in their articulation; corporate ethics involving complex problems with high degrees of uncertainly surrounding cause and effect and practical solutions.

Davenport University and the WMSBF  welcome back Dr. Whyte for a more in-depth exploration of Wicked Problems, how they come about and how to address them.   His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion of local business leaders sharing insights into their own struggles with a broad range of Wicked Problems.

Click HERE for a flyer. For more information, contact Jack Cichy, jcichy@davenport.edu,  or Lisa Locke, llocke@wmsbf.org.  RSVP to Barbara Rhodes Williams at 616.698.7111 or brhodes@davenport.edu no later than 3/12/13.  Space is limited so reserve your seats early!

2013 WMSBF Essay Contest — Submissions due March 4 by midnight!

What are the virtues manifested by individuals or businesses/institutions that most profoundly enrich your life?  What character traits inspire and motivate you to create – and share – a meaningful and productive quality of life?


Tell us a story

1,500 word limit. Submissions are due March 4, 2013. Winners will be recognized at the April 8 monthly luncheon meeting at the Bunker Interpretive Center and invited to read their essays. Program will be videotaped.  Click HERE for press release with contest and recognition details  and submission form.  Hear Shelley Irwin’s interview with Jennifer Wammack and Lisa Locke from today’s WGVU Morning Show here.

This essay contest is a unique opportunity for us to further bridge our corporate and personal worlds; to dig a little deeper, to push the limits of our understandings, and to share our insights and inspirations. Sharpen those pencils and help us spread the word!!

Click HERE to see essays submitted last year.

February Meeting Overview...Living Building Challenge

Matt VanSweden_LBCAt our February 11 monthly luncheon meeting,  Matt VanSweden, Integrated Architecture, led a presentation and discussion on the Living Building Challenge. This is a certification program that provides a framework for design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment – Socially Just, Culturally Rich and Ecologically Benign.   Table discussion provided much valuable feedback and suggested a great deal of interest in continuing conversations and exploring possibilities for local initiatives.  If you are interested in being a part of that conversation, please contact Matt at MVanSweden@INTARCH.com

Matt’s presentation can be downloaded HERE.

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