Your ethical toolbox

Keep an Open Mind

Avoid Dogmatism

* ask questions
* stop and listen
* look at the reasons and not just the position

Avoid Rationalizing

* slow down
* avoid automatic comebacks
* admit uncertainty

Avoid Relativism

* don't avoid conflict
* treat disagreement as a learning opportunity
* explore other views

Think for yourself: remember Abraham!

Clarify and Enumerate Values

Remember the four great ethical ideas:

* Respect
* Fairness
* Care
* Virtue

Watch for narrower and wider interpretations:
Which fits better in your situation?
Do other values also come up?

Clarify and Enumerate Arguments...

...from Facts/ from Values/ Analogies/ Definitions

Expand Possibilities

Multiply Options

* ask around
* brainstorm
* intermediate impossible
* random association
* PO thinking

Reframe Problems

* How could the problem be headed off or transformed into something more manageable?

Integrate Values

* What is each side right about?
* What new directions are possible once we start on common ground?

Talk Effectively

* Listen first; then you can ask for the same courtesy back
* Seek out common ground
Start with areas of agreement:
How can both/all sides find a way forward together?
* Look for opportunities to take a constructive turn

Remember: there are no easy or simple answers:
otherwise this wouldn't be a problem...

Good luck!!