Monday, March 5, 2012

Active Citizens CREATE Sustainable Community!

“As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.” Adlai Stevens

“A passive and ignorant citizenry will never create a sustainable world.” Andrew Gaines

As citizens, when we actively participate in our communities, be them schools, houses of worship, civic clubs, social movements, athletics teams or arts associations, we must understand that we ARE the organization.

When we participate, we have the opportunity to shape the community and create a world that is a better place for all of us. Each and every one of our actions or inaction, create an outcome. As we choose to participate, may we all know that we can create a community that is based on trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

We are curious as to how YOU participate and what it has brought to your life.

John Pippin: Designer and Community Investor

John will join us Monday, March 12th, for our monthly Ethics Coalition Breakfast. He will share his insights on how and why he contributes to his community and the many blessings it has brought to him.
John is known for his creative vision and understanding of the design industry. His ability to conceptualize, communicate, and create standout design imagery has provided a solid foundation for the direction of Pippin Design, a client oriented graphic design studio that focuses on creative services for business and brand development. His commitment goes much further than design and development – he also looks to advise his clients on how to evolve brand awareness and how to integrate new media into their marketing strategies.

John has lived in Jacksonville for 12 years with his wife and kids. In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his family.

For the past several years, John has worked to bring the diverse design community together, for the Holiday Affair. Not only is it a fun way for the creative community to mingle, the event raises awareness and funds for our local Second Harvest.

He is currently investing in Character Counts! in Jacksonville by building a new website that will support our over arching mission, to build a more ethical community. It will allow us to tell the stories of citizens locally and globally who make our world a better place.

Tony Allegretti : Citizen, Businessman and Father!

This month we are honored to have Tony as one of our panelists at our Monthly Ethics Coalition Breakfast meeting. This months topic is Citizenship as a Business Investment.

We will be discussing how to make the right investment decisions as you work to contribute to your community. We will hear Tony's insights on how he has worked to create successful businesses and manages to make time for community initiatives.

Tony is a senior consultant at Keymer, responsible for strategic communications campaigns with an emphasis in social media, social networking, and special projects. Before working at Keymer, Tony managed communications and brand strategy for Gallery Restaurant Group and worked as a consultant on a number of high-profile public and private initiatives, serving as Special Assistant to Mayor John Peyton, and helping to found both the Jacksonville Art Walk and the Riverside Arts Market.

CC! in JAX, keeps an eye on Tony, because we see a man who is helping our community hold a vision and consistently participates in creating it. Tony's ability to bring people together in a way that is respectful and creative, inspires us. His long standing commitment to bringing new ways of thinking to our city reminds us that change comes from the willingness to stay engaged, so we may truly know what is needed!

Tony can be found on LinkedIN, Facebook, and Twitter! He is truly a man to watch and be fueled by!! His posts are always something to learn from!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Our Definition of Citizenship. What is yours?

Citizenship: Obey laws in good faith. Do your share to improve the well-being of fellow citizens and the community. Protect the environment, volunteer, and participate in the processes of democracy by staying informed and voting. - As defined by the Michael Josephson Institute.

Excerpted from: Making Ethical Decisions:
Citizenship includes civic virtues and duties that prescribe how we ought to behave as part of a community. The good citizen knows the laws and obeys them, yes, but that’s not all. She volunteers and stays informed on the issues of the day, the better to execute her duties and privileges as a member of a self-governing democratic society. She does more than her "fair" share to make society work, now and for future generations. Such a commitment to the public sphere can have many expressions, such as conserving resources, recycling, using public transportation and cleaning up litter. The good citizen gives more than she takes.

Here at CC! in Jacksonville, we believe that the investment we make in our community brings us a wealth we cannot even define. Our work with the business community, JSO and many other organizations helps us to see our common threads and helps to deepen those bonds.