reinvent academia | foster a new culture of scholarship
The Ronin Institute’s mission is to provide an academic community for people who are committed to truth and empathy.
These values guide what we do and how we do it:
The main purpose of scholarship is to discover and communicate things that are true. We believe in the importance of pursuing our scholarship in good faith. That means being open to new ideas, and to the possibility that we might be wrong. We also recognize that “truth” looks different in each field, and we welcome a diversity of scholarly approaches.
We are most importantly a community. We approach each other and those around us with kindness and care. We are committed to enabling an environment of peer-to-peer support. We are invested in each other’s successes, and understand that the creation of knowledge is not a zero sum game. We pursue our scholarship with the intention of benefiting while avoiding harm.
Diversify the pool of scholars
creating avenues for more diverse people to do scholarship
Transformative insights occur when scholars approach their subject from a new perspective, which is often derived from a scholar’s life experience. We seek to create new avenues for people with a broader set of experiences to contribute to scholarship by doing the work they feel most compelled to do.
A humane approach to scholars and scholarship
creating a culture and a space that allows people and their scholarship to thrive
We are committed to creating a healthier and supportive environment where people and their scholarship can thrive, allowing people to pursue research in ways that work for them, as part of a more complete, well rounded life.
Create a community of scholars
helping scholars find each other, share experiences, and co-operate
Scholars need a community of people with whom they can share ideas and grow intellectually. We aim to help scholars establish new contacts and collaborations, self-organize in ways that support their work best.
This 2018 seminar from the sixth anniversary of the founding of the Institute provides an in-depth overview of our principles and values.