A Promise to Be Ethical in an Era of Immorality – NYTimes.com
What happened to making money?
I should write more, but a few issues come to mind. First, it is a student-led program to take an ethics pledge. Maybe this is a furhter data point of a generational value shift from Gen Xers to Millenials. Second, surely it has the backing of faculty and administration, so Paris 1968 it is not. Third, while I agree business should be couched in alrger discussions of common goods and shared prosperity, I am unsure how much tnagible difference a pledge makes. Is there accountability? Is there a community of conversation about what it means to enact this pledge to not advance “narrow” self interests? I have the sense that it adances a notion of ethical behavior as noble choices to choose rightly between A and B, where A helps starving orphaned baby seals and B is to make $100,000 for the shareholders and $10,000 for ego.
If you want to work to avoid narrow self interests in your company, rather than wiat for forced choices between altruism and enrichment, why not work to change the mission, compensation system, and culture of openness about how to make decisions?
Helping to Publicize…
On behalf of the Central Susquehanna Citizen’s Coalition, I would like to
invite you to a forum entitled
“Re-Imagining Healthcare in Pennsylvania: The Next Five Years and Beyond”
to be held next Thursday, May 7, at 7:00pm, in the Union County Government
Center at 155 N 15th St, Lewisburg.
A panel of five healthcare professionals will discuss the current state of
healthcare in PA and proposed solutions for the future, to be followed by a
interactive discussion with the audience. The panelists are
* Allison Clark, ACTION Health
* Jill Fecker, A Community Clinic, Inc.
* Chuck Pennacchio, Healthcare for All Pennsylvania
* Andrew Sandusky, Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians
* Amy Wolaver, Dept of Economics, Bucknell University
Healthcare reform is coming in 2009. This is a crucial time for all to
become informed and engaged in the issue. This event is hosted by CSCC, an
all-volunteer grassroots organization that reaches out to connect, inform,
and encourage the Central Susquehanna Valley to participate in the
Please share this information with anyone who may be interested. For more
information, visit our website at http://www.csccnow.org.
A dailyKos diarist put me on to this new form of civil disobedience.
Reminds me of Saul Alinsky and Kodak or Ralph NAder and GM in the 1960s and the birth of shareholder activism.
He didn’t pour sugar into a bulldozer’s gas tank. He didn’t spike a tree or set a billboard on fire. But wielding only a bidder’s paddle, a University of Utah student just as surely monkey-wrenched a federal oil- and gas-lease sale Friday, ensuring that thousands of acres near two southern Utah national parks won’t be opened to drilling anytime soon.
Tim DeChristopher, 27, faces possible federal charges after winning bids totaling about $1.8 million on more than 10 lease parcels that he admits he has neither the intention nor the money to buy — and he’s not sorry.
“I decided I could be much more effective by an act of civil disobedience,” he said during an impromptu streetside news conference during an afternoon blizzard. “There comes a time to take a stand.”
No blank check for Wall Street.
This is worse than a bad deal – this isn’t a deal at all. This is a blank check to some of the richest companies in the world.
This is a blog post with a petition linked to it. I may not agree with all the language, but this is not the time to let the desire for the perfect trump the reality of present action.
We should express our concerns as citizens about the parameters fo this extraordianry action, even if we don’t get to write the legislation.
Krugman on “Cash for Trash.“
YouTube – Get Down Into It
Local musicians and citizens raising awareness fueled by digital and living web technologies. Look for me and Thea in early part.
Lewisburg, thanks to Earl Pickens, punches above its weight…
And, yes, they are all real towns in PA.