As it happens, economists, politicians and chambers of commerce have focused their austerity demands on public spending, were deficits have become particularly onerous.
Read the rest of this entry » For a little while at least many of us will be sweating a bit more than usual to get into shape. Read the rest of this entry » Whether Toronto Mayor Rob Ford gets indicted or re-elected, the most pressing priority for the city will be to change the local and global narrative. Read the rest of this entry » “Austerity” was recently called the word of the decade in the Wall Street Journal.
A city with self-proclaimed aspirations to be “world class” has by association with this disturbing governance failure achieved the desired celebrity, albeit missing two key consonants. A special city needs to refashion its self understanding, so as to begin to heal the divisions laid bare by this tragic-farce in leadership, and to set a vision for its future that better represents its amazing latent potential. Read the rest of this entry » Are ethicists more ethical than their peers in other disciplines? A recent study published in the journal Metaphilosophy provides a limited data point, but the news, at least if you’re an ethicist like me, is not good. From the perspective of business the primary deficits to be tamed are those in public spending, but the truth is that our economy and consumer culture are as over-extended as our public purse. In The Sustainability Revolution, systems-learning pioneer Peter Senge explains that stabilizing “CO2 in the atmosphere at levels that minimize catastrophic consequences will require 60 percent to 80 percent reduction in emissions in the next two decades.” Michael Pollan, who writes about the culture and the environmental costs ...
Comparing how university professors engage students, the researchers found no difference between ethics professors and other faculty. Read the rest of this entry » Either as deliberate policy or by necessity, governments and companies are almost everywhere adopting austerity measures.
Even though the ethics experts set an ideal, and acknowledged that not following through on that standard was morally wrong, in action, the experts in ethics were indistinguishable from fellow academics. The stringency in spending is required for the simple reason that debts aggregating over decades cannot be sustained.
For example, to probe aspects of corporate character or brand personality, researchers will ask: “If BMW were a person, whom would that person be?
” Many companies today have officers or functions for overseeing ethics or compliance, so for this thought experiment, I would ask: “If current business ethics functions were a person, who would that person be?
” In such exercises, experts tell us to go with our first impression, trusting what immediately comes to mind as representing some kind of subconscious truth. Read the rest of this entry » I for one am the disappointed that BP CEO Tony Hayward has been fired.
In his book, "Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder," Nassim Nicholas Taleb tells a story that may help put the disappointment of this year’s Davos gathering into some ethical perspective.
Welcomed as a best-selling author, Taleb was one of the celebrity thinkers brought to Davos to help the gathered global elite wrestle insight from the long, still unfolding aftermath of the financial crisis.