The Kettering Foundation
The Kettering Foundation of Kettering, Ohio, has now selected new centers for public life that will be participating in the exchanges with this prestigious organization, beginning in February, 2014. The Kettering Foundation has selected Lincoln Memorial University and its School of
Business to join a learning exchange with the New Centers for Public Life. This opportunity will provide an exchange with scholar-practitioners and is a stimulating opportunity to collaborate with the Kettering Foundation to identify and address the challenges to making democracy work as it should through interrelated program areas that focus on citizens, communities, and institutions. Drs. Jack McCann and Thomas Kohntopp from Lincoln Memorial University will be representatives that will work with the foundation and attend training sessions beginning in 2014. “We are honored to be selected as a Center to Promote Public Life and we shall aspire to collaborate with the Kettering Foundation to identify and address the challenges to making democracy work as it should,” Dr. Jack McCann, dean of the School of Business at Lincoln Memorial University.
The Kettering Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research. Kettering’s primary research question is, what does it take to make democracy work as it should? Kettering’s research is distinctive because it is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focuses on what people can do collectively to address problems affecting their lives, their communities, and their nation.
The foundation seeks to identify and address the challenges to making democracy work as it should through interrelated program areas that focus on citizens, communities, and institutions. Guiding Kettering’s research are three hypotheses. Kettering’s research suggests that democracy requires:
- Responsible citizens who can make sound choices about their future;
- Communities of citizens acting together to address common problems; and
- Institutions with public legitimacy that contribute to strengthening society.
Thomas Kohntopp, Ph.D.
Director, MBA Programs
School of Business
Lincoln Memorial University
421 Park 40 North Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37923