rebuilding trust

listening carefullymy employer, the Conference Board of Canada, regularly produces and disseminates research about governance and corporate social responsibility, topics I find myself more and more interested in. It takes cojones and a strong moral/ethical compass to uphold high standards in decision-making and action-taking; that’s why it’s so hard, and why the Enrons and Worldcoms (and Norbourgs) of the world seem to keep appearing in the news these days. That goes for political governance too—Canada’s federal government is still reeling from the effects of the sponsorship scandal, a multi-million-dollar affair which destroyed public trust in government.

Correlating, one of my favourite Baha’i blogs, recently tied in the ideas of trust and governance into the Universal House of Justice’s recent letter on Baha’i elections, which urges Baha’is the world over to spend some time deepening their understanding of the Baha’i electoral process. Baha’i elections are part of a unique form of governance that excludes all forms of partisanship or electioneering, and elevates the duty of each voter to a sacred act which must be fulfilled with the utmost care, research, and prayerfulness. From the Universal House of Justice’s letter: “One of the signs of the breakdown of society in all parts of the world is the erosion of trust and collaboration between the individual and the institutions of governance”—which illustrates the importance of each of us learning more about how to uphold high standards during Baha’i elections and decision-making.

After reading the article, you may want to read up on Baha’i Administration and the Universal House of Justice (including, for those curious souls, its constitution).

3 thoughts on “rebuilding trust

  1. Thanks for taking on this extremely important issue and the fact that there is social science that supports the critical nature of trusthworthiness. I plan to do a little blogging myself about the Baha’i electoral process after a participate in the next one.

  2. very true, Sho. From what I’ve read of and about it (lamentably, not nearly enough), the Constitution of the Universal House of Justice is a remarkable document. I hadn’t originally thought about posting much on this topic, but now, after reading the positive response to this post, I think there’ll be further posts on Baha’i elections and governance in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled.

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