RESPONSE ABILITY believes in our ability to respond to any social situation by going beyond our fear and shame to demonstrate courage and honor dignity in momentary choices — In organizations. In business. In community. In life. — For colleagues. For family. For friends. For strangers.
RESPONSE ABILITY is a movement. A movement away from the shame and regret we all feel from being a passive bystander to any injustice or wrongdoing. A movement towards a whole new world where we are standing up, stepping in, and speaking out against inappropriate, abusive, or unhealthy behaviors — from others and from ourselves.
RESPONSE ABILITY is a creed — 20 lines, 174 words of empowerment. A collection of commitments. A declaration that gives us life and represents the difference we are out to make in this world. A set of words that calls on each of us to be bigger.
RESPONSE ABILITY is a community of ordinary people who act as catalysts for extraordinary change. A massive change in the way people treat and support each other. The kind of change that creates a world of security, acceptance and belonging. Of respect, fairness and dignity for all. Of people knowing that they matter — that each of us matters.
RESPONSE ABILITY is an evolving collection of educational and empowerment programs designed to give us what we need to access our core commitments and take action to make this difference. A blend of leadership, bystander intervention and dignity training. A body of work based on existing theoretical research and distinguished by my own approach and perspectives.
RESPONSE ABILITY moves us past our shame and gives us permission to go from passive to powerful!
In 2007, Mike launched a project that would not only change the trajectory of his life but would also make a difference for tens of thousands of others. RESPONSE ABILITY: A Call for Courage is an educational program on courage and bystander intervention. It’s sole mission is to empower others to go past their fear and shame by standing up, stepping in, and speaking out. While this sounds very simple, it’s not easy. If it were easy, more people would intervene in problem situations. If it were easy, we would have less abuse, violence and harassment in our world.
Some version of this program has been delivered in 40 national fraternity and sorority organizations, over 300 college campuses, and by over 500 trained and certified facilitators. While most programs have been phased out, Mike continues to travel the country delivering his powerful, yet challenging, keynote presentation to companies, campuses, and communities.
The foundation of this program — the blueprint for all we do — is…
The flagship programs for the initial launch were these educational videos which are still being used on a limited basis…
The main RESPONSE ABILITY video produced in 2008 for college students
but viewed by people of all ages.
The RESPONSE ABILITY training video where Dr. Alan Berkowitz joins the students
and they explore various hypothetical scenarios.