Dirk Philipsen, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics
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Too often and on too many important topics, the voices that would adequately reflect the diversity of our society are missing.
We kindly request your participation in / support of a focus survey about values, challenges, and goals. The survey should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. The survey is designed so that it can be filled out in both group and individual settings.
You are receiving this letter because you have been identified by one of our team members as an excellent candidate to participate.
We are members of a multi-university (UNC, Duke, NCSU, UNCSA) and cross-disciplinary group called SEED – Smart Economics for the Environment and human Development. Though we bring to the table many different viewpoints and perspectives, we share in common an understanding that the currently dominant performance indicators—the metrics that are supposed to tell us whether we’re on the right path—are broken. Worse, we suspect that most predominant economic and political metrics fail to adequately represent our values as citizens.
For that reason, and in order to find out about values and goals of a broad spectrum of people, we are currently conducting focus surveys and would greatly appreciate your participation (at this point, only faculty and students from Duke administer surveys).
Of course participation is voluntary. None of the information you or others provide can be used to identify participants. All answers remain confidential. Participants are asked to fill out some background information, answer some prompts, and read a short summary of problems and challenges. At this point we are not asking any minors to participate.
Preferably, the forms will be filled out during a group session with a facilitator from our group. In cases where that is not possible, people can also fill them out on their own and send them back to us (c/o Dirk Philipsen, Sanford School of Public Policy, 201 Science Drive, Box 90239, Durham, NC, 27708-0239).
Please email me with any questions or concerns you may have. In the meantime, I hope for your participation.
On behalf of the SEED team,
With our best wishes,
Dirk Philipsen, Ph.D.,
Professor and Principal Investigator of SEED