Last month we shared insights from Chuck Hassebrook, the Center’s executive director, on what he had learned in his 30 years at the Center for Rural Affairs. This time Chuck offers his reflections on the importance of how we approach our work and one another.
How we do our work is as important as what we do. Our work must be guided by our values – genuine opportunity for all, widespread ownership, fairness, community, environmental stewardship, citizenship involvement, and responsibility. Adhering to these values must come before the selfish interests of any group. Our true interest is tied to the common good. And the common good is best served by creating a future that reflects these values.