The Kelvin Institute
There are no absolutes.
We have a set of core assumptions that drive what we do. Here are these principles and what they mean to our mission:
- We do not believe humans are always rational actors.
- People are driven often by intuitive and emotional factors, as frequently as intellectual ones. Humanism is required for the successful development of social policies.
- Humans are innately social beings.
- Much of human progress is principled on relationships. We are focused on building connections between stakeholders, from members of the public, to policymakers and scientists.
- People are inclined towards acts of compassion for people like them.
- Fostering common or shared identity among diverse individuals is key for forming productive coalitions.
- Scientific progress is driven by human interest.
- To us, this means that advocacy is critical to shining light on underserved subjects of inquiry.
- The health of democracy requires constant participation, reflection and criticism.
- Even the best ideas in government need to be constantly reviewed for their real impact on the people.
- Every idea has a context and application and no idea can be completely generalized.
- Every policy and ideological position has exceptions, even the most sanctified ones. This includes our current values.
From these values, comes a vision.