Ethical Theory and Philosophy of Democracy

Democracy is a form of government in which citizens, either directly or through representatives, create and manage policy and law in order to govern themselves. Democracy’s roots can be traced back to ancient civilization, and many nations have adopted a system of government with democratic principles. Philosophical Foundations of Democracy Democratic philosophy can be traced …

The keys to 21st-century corporate success

For most businesses and business leaders, the golden age of the 1990s seems a lifetime away. Beset by uncertainty, suspicion, fear and financial turmoil, CEOs have to adjust to a whole new world. After the scandals and uncertainty of the past year, there is an understandable impulse for businesses to keep their heads down and …

Fatness to fitness

Obesity, which causes heart disease, strokes and diabetes, has become a global epidemic, say Janet Voûte and Valentin Fuster. For many adults it is too late, but we must prevent our children from getting fat If press interest is a measure of public concern, fat has become a fundamental issue. In 2001 obesity was featured …

Transforming the corporate landscape

The corporate scandals of the past two decades have had a profound effect on the way companies do business – and on the attitudes of regulators and shareholders. Many important changes have already been made. But, it is essential that global standards on corporate governance converge in the interests of rebuilding investor confidence and ensuring …

The young can be agents of change

Teach For America asks top graduates for two years of teaching in tough schools. They become life-long advocates for social justice Educated in the public schools of El Paso, Texas, Aurora Lora experienced first-hand the dramatic disparities that exist in American schools. The daughter of a Mexican immigrant, Aurora encountered the reality that – despite …

What is consciousness?

The mind is as much a part of the physical world as the body. And we might eventually be able to read each other’s thoughts  To different people, consciousness is different things. To some it is the sense of self, of being a particular person with a unique history. To others it is the delicate …

A quantum leap forward

Quantum mechanics has already brought us the transistor and the laser. But, says Seth Lloyd, quantum computing will bring further advances, like truly secure cryptography We are in the midst of a technological revolution. Because of the rapid advance in sensitivity and accuracy of manufacturing techniques, the technologies that we can construct are pushing up …

A world turning upside down

The asset management business faces a period of fundamental rethinking and restructuring. The continued willingness of individuals to invest for the long term depends on the ability of institutional investors and investment managers to change what they do and the way they do it The past decade has seen significant changes in the asset management …

Reclaiming the board’s agenda

Loss of trust in the business world has brought us to a turning point in the relationship between the board, the management team, regulators and the investment community. But it is vital that confidence returns to replace the current atmosphere of caution. Alan Bird, Robin Buchanan and Paul Rogers ask what company boards must do …

How smart sensors might save Planet Earth

Smart sensors embedded in the wireless network could help reduce pollution, says Deborah Estrin, and even improve our response to natural disasters Sensor networks are an exciting class of computing systems that combine distributed sensing, computation and wireless communication. This technology is touted as being as disruptive and enabling as the Internet, with broad applications …