from TED.com What drives our desire to behave morally? Neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it “the moral molecule”) is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that help build a stable society. More here.
from BuzzMachine At two privacy conferences—one in New York, the other right now in Victoria, B.C.—I’ve watched the growth of privacy’s regulatory/industrial complex and seen its strategy in action: scare, then sell. Yesterday, before I spoke at the Reboot conference, the privacy commissioner for the province, Elizabeth Denham, got up to demonize the social net and its […]
from NYTs Intent on fixing a banking system that contributed heavily to the recent financial crisis, lawmakers and regulators pushed Wall Street to overhaul its pay practices. Big banks responded by shifting more compensation into stock, a move intended to align employees’ interests more closely with those of investors and discourage excessive risk-taking. But it […]
from Clay Shirky Like a lot of people, I am conflicted about Wikileaks. Citizens of a functioning democracy must be able to know what the state is saying and doing in our name, to engage in what Pierre Rosanvallon calls “counter-democracy”*, the democracy of citizens distrusting rather than legitimizing the actions of the state. Wikileaks […]
From The New York Times Elven J. Swisher wore a replica of a Purple Heart on the witness stand when he testified that the defendant had tried to hire him to kill three federal officials. Asked about the medal, Mr. Swisher pulled a document from his pocket to show that he was entitled to it […]
From McClatchy Newspapers MEXICO CITY — A debate about legalizing marijuana and possibly other drugs — once a taboo suggestion — is percolating in Mexico, a nation exhausted by runaway violence and a deadly drug war. The debate is only likely to grow more animated if Californians approve an initiative on Nov. 2 to legalize […]
From The New York Times KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eddie Lowery lost 10 years of his life for a crime he did not commit. There was no physical evidence at his trial for rape, but one overwhelming factor put him away: he confessed. At trial, the jury heard details that prosecutors insisted only the rapist […]
from NYTimes At Rhode Island College, a freshman copied and pasted from a Web site’s frequently asked questions page about homelessness — and did not think he needed to credit a source in his assignment because the page did not include author information. At DePaul University, the tip-off to one student’s copying was the purple […]
from Philosophy Now Imagine that right after briefing Adam about which fruit was allowed and which forbidden, God had installed a closed-circuit television camera in the garden of Eden, trained on the tree of knowledge. Think how this might have changed things for the better. The serpent sidles up to Eve and urges her to […]
from Forbes The Ethisphere Institute, a New York City think tank, on Monday released its fourth annual list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. The listing, of companies with at least 100 employees and more than $50 million in annual revenue, gives its winners an opportunity to trumpet their do-gooding ways. It is not a […]
from Forbes When discussing the relationship between ethics and customers, you first have to ask yourself, “Can an organization really influence customers with the way it conducts its business?” My answer to that question, having been in this business for 28 years, is yes. Let me begin by making it clear that influence does not […]
from BW.com Last month we watched as news broke of one of the largest insider-trading scandals in history. While the urgency of the financial crisis may be dissipating, the need for a higher ethical standard in business is as relevant as ever. The MBA Oath is a voluntary pledge to create value responsibly and ethically. […]
from BW.com The financial meltdown of 2008 and the ensuing global economic crisis have ignited a vigorous debate on the responsibilities of businesses and those who manage them and have raised the question of whether managers ought to be required to adopt the equivalent of a “Hippocratic oath.” The pressure is indeed mounting, as public […]
from Forbes It happened to Coca-Cola on Sept. 14, to Rio Tinto a month before. Even the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. has been hit. The Chinese government has now investigated employees at all three of those companies in high-profile corruption cases. At Coke, a bottling plant employee was accused of taking $1.5 million […]
from TED.com Weeks from the Charter for Compassion launch, Karen Armstrong looks at religion’s role in the 21st century: Will its dogmas divide us? Or will it unite us for common good? She reviews the catalysts that can drive the world’s faiths to rediscover the Golden Rule. More here.