The Institute envisions a society in which all individuals enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is a society in which:
- Students engage with and champion these rights for themselves and others.
- Teachers educate students to seek knowledge and tackle challenges with these rights in mind.
- Parents empower their children to apply these rights in their own lives through interaction, example, and dialogue.
The Bill of Rights Institute engages, educates, and empowers individuals with a passion for the freedom and opportunity that exist in a free society.
Integrity: Consistently do what is lawful, ethical, and just. Speak and behave honestly, and accept responsibility for your actions and inaction. Honor donor intent.
Respect: Treat others with dignity as autonomous individuals. Be fully present in all interactions, with a willingness to hear as well as be heard. Give honest feedback about accomplishments as well as opportunities to improve. Focus on behavior rather than personhood; strive to speak honestly and directly from a heart of desire to help an individual improve.
Humility: Recognize your shortcomings, and admit ignorance or failure. Frequently seek honest feedback. Strive to understand and constructively deal with reality to get better results.
Entrepreneurship: Strive for excellence. Recognize opportunities to further our mission, and organize the resources necessary to achieve them. Constantly adapt to deliver solutions that customers need and praise and use economic reasoning to determine how to improve results.
Constructive challenge: Seek and give honest feedback about behavior or performance, with recommendations for improvement. Respectfully challenge not to “win” an argument, but to arrive at solutions based on a factual and reasonable vision of what creates value for our mission.
Customer focus: Strive to understand the values, perceptions, and needs of internal and external customers, and use this knowledge to facilitate profitable collaboration and to craft profitable means of serving them.
Collaboration: Ensure that people who can add significant value to a project are engaged in it to the extent that doing so doesn’t take them away from higher valued activities. Seek and share knowledge where valuable, and be helpful when your contribution can significantly improve the outcome.
Passion: Cultivate in yourself a sense of urgency for our mission, and a strong desire to see our team succeed. Be committed to achieving results.