Contributed by Kelly Bannister and Gleb Raygorodetsky, Ethics Committee Co-Chairs

ETK-logoContinued development of the online Ethics Toolkit is one of the major ISE initiatives currently underway. The first phase of the Ethics Toolkit built on discussions and contributions from a working session held during the 2010 Congress that laid the foundation for toolkit organization, structure, function, potential resources to include, and identification of key resource people. This input led to the development of four thematic streams within the toolkit: Research, Education, Legal and Policy.

Initial advice and assistance were received from a number of ISE members, including but not limited to: Alain Cuerrier and Sarah Holcombe (Research Stream); Jerzy Koopman, Dave Stephenson and Bob Gosford (Legal Stream); Sarah Laird, Preston Hardison and Alejandro Argumedo (Policy Stream); and Ricardo Rozzi, Jack Miller, Felice Wyndham and Will McClatchey (Education Stream). Work with these and other members with specialized expertise is ongoing.

The online platform that provides the organizational structure for the Ethics Toolkit is in place and an interactive booth at the poster session during the 2012 ISE Congress was held to showcase, promote, and receive feedback on the alpha version Ethics Toolkit, a development phase that enables us to systematically receive and organize contributions as part of the Ethics Toolkit. Ethics Program Co-Chairs Kelly Bannister and Gleb Raygorodetsky extend their thanks to the many Congress participants who shared their feedback and engaged in fruitful discussion about toolkit content and applications.

A series of web-based outreach activities (e.g. discussion fora and webinars) are planned in 2013 to collect further content for the Ethics Toolkit. Information on themes and dates for these activities will be announced on the ISE website and through the ISE Member discussion forum. The beta version of the toolkit (fully functional, with core content) is anticipated to launch in late-2013. A working session at the 2014 ISE Congress in Bhutan to review and continue to evolve the Ethics Toolkit is anticipated.

If you are interested in getting more involved or contributing to the Ethics Toolkit, please get in touch with the ISE Managing Director or use the contribution form already available on the Ethics Toolkit website.