Mike Butler, former Longmont Chief of Security continues to make a difference in the Longmont Community. Mike is forming a non-profit school called, The School of Statesmanship. “We interchangeably use the word statesman, stateswomen, states-person.  This is a different kind of statesmanship school with emphasis on developing leadership/citizenship skills that view the world through a lens of goodness and possibilities, not just problems to be fixed”. This model moves away from a Patriarchal or Machiavellian style of leadership, and instead focuses on Servant Leadership-a model where leaders serve those they are leading.  “In our school, the art of great citizenship will be emphasized, believing that great communities are created by great citizens. That means not just leaders, but empowered citizens." 

Each course is three hours with 45 courses, totaling 135 hours of in-class course work, (with a few hours outside the classroom). He hopes the school will open in October of this year.  Some of the Task Force Partners include local Rotarians- Tim Waters, Carol Enright, Carol Santala-Gearing, Wein-Pin Yeh and Dick Lyons. 

Mike talked about teaching students to transcend mainstream rhetoric, moving beyond the vicious cycle of drama that markets fear and fault. Instead the focus is on understanding Trend Lines vs. Headlines. "With a focus on understanding the context of issues in history, seeing the origins and causes of social and economic factors, we can develop critical thinking without arousing antagonisms."  Mike suggested two books to learn more about this idea of Trend Lines.  1)  Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker   2)  Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things are Better Than You Think, by Hans Rosling. 

Purpose Statement:  1) The statesmanship Institute will create a learning environment.  2) To foster civility, thoughtful discourse and empathic listening.  3)  To educate, promote, and encourage active citizenship within a democracy. 4)  To embrace stewardship principles to enhance local, state, national and global governance. 5) To value experiential wisdom.