teencover81-188x300The Bill of Responsibilities site (Responsibility.com) is a site that is based on a single premise: If you have rights, you have responsibilities.

The site is a vehicle to promote that idea on a variety of practical levels.

First, we provide space to acknowledge people and products that promote and encourage personal responsibility. It can be a community program, a book, a film, a CEO or a product.

Second, we provide FREE downloads of the Teen Bill of Responsibilities Course, which is based on the Teen Bill of Responsibilities book by novelist Stephen Smoke.

Third, we provide a network for parents, students, teachers, and business people to network with like-minded people who understand and wish to encourage the power of personal responsibility.


CORPORATE_cover_2The Bill of Responsibilities (BOR) site has no political agenda besides encouraging personally responsible behavior. If it’s political commentary you want, there are literally millions of other sites where you can get that information.

We acknowledge and encourage people, actions and products. Even though we acknowledge people, what we truly acknowledge are their actions and products. This is just common sense. For example, we may acknowledge the actions of a particular politician. BOR members and visitors to the site may believe, rightly or wrongly, that the politician’s party is “the party of irresponsibility.” That’s irrelevant for our purposes because we’re acknowledging the actions taken by that person, not the party to which he or she belongs.

A writer or filmmaker who some may believe leads an irresponsible lifestyle may still be acknowledged for his or her films. BOR is NOT the “morality police.” First, who are we to put ourselves in that position? Second, if we were to acknowledge only people who never did or said anything irresponsible, this space would be blank.


bor award2It is not our goal to focus on the negative or irresponsible actions. Instead, we focus on and acknowledge responsible people, actions and products wherever they are called to our attention.

Outrageous acts of irresponsibility are frequently rewarded, while people who act responsibility are often felt to think there is something wrong with them.

We believe that when we acknowledge personally responsible actions and products, several things will happen. The first will be indirect, but noticeable. Just calling attention to responsible actions and products causes people to think more about their own actions. When that happens some may think about the choices they’re making and the effects those choices have on themselves and people they care about.

Also, we believe that acknowledging acts of personal responsibility will encourage more responsible action.


People who want real control over their lives—as much as that is possible—recognize the power of personal responsibility. People who take responsibility don’t take the “blame”; they take control. They are the decision makers. In their own lives and, often, in others’ lives.

Again, personal responsibility is not a political issue. Presidents as diverse as George W. Bush and Barack Obama have each expressed support for the principle of personal responsibility.

I believe there should be a place to acknowledge those among us who choose to act responsibly. If you would like to participate by becoming an active BOR member (getting a FREE teen course into your school, instituting or hosting a BOR program in your community), I heartily encourage you to do so. Click here and we’ll send you some information.

Ask yourself a simple question: If I had a choice to live in a responsible world or an irresponsible one, which would I choose?

You do have that choice…and you make it several times every day.