A reader wrote to ask what "efforts outside of academia" I'm interested in, and I realized I haven't really written explicitly about this before.
There are perhaps three ideals that especially appeal to me as an aspiring philosopher. One is the pursuit of knowledge, or advancing the frontier of human inquiry. Another is the dissemination of this knowledge to advance human understanding throughout society. And third is the development of a more rational society.
Only the first can be pursued within academia alone. (And perhaps not even that, if the public purse becomes closed to research that most people neither value nor understand. I really think we should be doing more to persuade people that philosophy matters!) And while I certainly place a lot of value on pure research and philosophical inquiry, in my more ambitious moments I also think that I'd like to contribute to the advancement of intellectual values more broadly.
So what does that involve, exactly? Possibilities might include:
1) Writing popular philosophy that's engaging and accessible to a general audience.
2) For ethicists: engaging in reasoned public debate -- through blogs, newspaper columns, etc.
3) Promote philosophy in schools. (Including, as Brandon put it, 'Teaching People to Reason Well'.)
I guess those are the three broad projects of public philosophy that capture my imagination at present. Any further suggestions?