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On Ethics and Ethical Behavior

"Ethos," the Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-332 BCE) taught the world some 24 centuries ago, is very important for leaders to have and to demonstrate if they want to succeed in shaping public opinion. Individual and collective ethos is at the heart of who we are and what we stand for.  Aristotle perfected his principles of rhetoric " effective political speech -- and taught his students the power of rhetoric, which he explained was one of the foundation stones of [then] emerging western democracy (in Ancient Greece). 

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News & Updates

August 21, 2019 Dow makes 'Change the World' list

Source: Midland Daily News

Dow has been included on Fortune’s 2019 "Change the World" list, a ranking of 52 companies that have made an important social or environmental impact through their profit-making strategy and operations.

August 20, 2019 The CEOs of nearly 200 companies just said shareholder value is no longer their main objective

Source: CNBC

The Business Roundtable, a group of chief executive officers from major U.S. corporations, issued a statement Monday with a new definition of the “purpose of a corporation.”

August 16, 2019 ‘China speed’ needed for a breakthrough in sustainable palm oil

Source: Eco-Business

...consumers around the world have discovered that a substance (palm oil) found in more than half of all supermarket products is responsible for deforestation and human rights abuses in the countries where it is grown.

Research & Insights

June 20, 2019 China’s economic census uncovers more fake data as officials promise ‘zero tolerance’ to data manipulation

Source: South China Morning Post

Officials in the central Chinese city of Guanghan have been found to have gone to extraordinary lengths to manipulate raw data to obscure the real picture of the health of the economy, according to the National Bureau of...

February 7, 2019 Humans Are Eating Most of Earth's Largest Animals to Extinction

Source: Live Science

According to the authors, at least 200 species (70 percent) of the world's largest animals are seeing their populations dwindle, and more than 150 face the risk of outright extinction

February 4, 2019 Vaping may be more harmful to teens than we thought

Source: MarketWatch

Vaping is linked to at least trying a traditional cigarette, especially among “low-risk” youths, according to researchers at Boston University, University of Louisville and University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Commentary & Opinion

July 25, 2019 9 Reasons Facebook FTC Settlement Is A Joke

Source: TechCrunch

The FTC just announced the details of its settlement agreement with Facebook over years of privacy practices in violation of a previous order. To say the settlement is favorable to Facebook, even with the record $5 billion...

March 12, 2019 Is Ethical A.I. Even Possible?

Source: NY Times

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — When a news article revealed that Clarifai was working with the Pentagon and some employees questioned the ethics of building artificial intelligence that analyzed video captured by drones, the company...

January 31, 2019 Facebook Has Just Been Caught Spying On Users' Private Messages And Data -- Again

Source: Forbes

The reports overnight, first broken by TechCrunch, are that "desperate for data on its competitors, Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a 'Facebook Research' VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone...


I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.

--Aristotle, on Ethics

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