Culture & Values

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 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 …

Democracy in the Middle East

Foreign intervention has undermined democracy in the Middle East for more than a century, but Arab countries are far from devoid of a democratic tradition The bleak state of democracy in the Arab world today is the subject of widespread commentary. But neither the historical causes of this situation, nor the actual experiences of the …

Fundamentalism is here to stay

Despite expectations in the 20th century that religion was on the wane, fundamentalism has emerged as a backlash to secularism  In the middle of the 20th century, it was generally assumed that secularism was the coming ideology and that religion would never again play a major role in world events. Today, religion dominates the headlines, …

Aging gracefully: the population balancing act

Achieving population stability – higher growth in some countries, lower in others – is a more important global challenge than longer lives or the mechanics of pension system reform. The “problem” of an ageing population is now discussed not just in rich countries but across the world. But increasing life expectancy is a wonderful development …

Creating ethical cultures in business- Brooke Deterline at TEDxPresidio

So I got an email last week from the conference organizer, it said, “Good news! You’re going after Van Jones.” And I thought, “In whose alternate universe is it a good thing to follow Van?” And then I remembered I’m here to talk about courage – Our ability to act from our hearts in the …

Risk vs. Rewards in Social Media

Here we are in the 21st century.  We monitor our trading, we monitor our friends, we get real time information (or as real time as we can), yet big brother is still trying to hold us back.  Why is it that so many of corporate america can’t seem to catch up to the trends?  Are …

The Battle of Hastings and Diversity – How to Integrate It Into Your Compliance Culture

Sunday, October 14th was the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, in 1066. In addition to being the last time there was a successful invasion of Britain, several other positive things came from this most historic event for English-speaking people. An article in the Telegraph, entitled “In everything we say, there is an echo of 1066”, writer …

Social Media Compliance Policy and the FTC

Many companies have internal social media policies. Most of these policies are taken from templates online, and many social media compliance policies tend to be created by corporate counsel. What many don’t realize is that corporate counsel may not be experts in social media law, social media compliance and social media regulation. The policy challenge …