Entries by Ethical Systems

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Speak-Up and Call-Out Culture

Companies thrive when potentially useful information is freely available and employees feel that they are valued, consequential members of the organization. Speak-up culture is crucial on both counts: it means that management can receive important information from anyone who has it, and it means that employees’ autonomy is recognized and respected. However, the efficacy of […]

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What Social Media Is Doing to Us

In this video, produced by the Strand Book Store in New York City, Jon Haidt speaks with Chris Bail, author of Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing, about how social media distorts our identities, empowers status-seeking extremists, and renders moderates all but invisible. Chris Bail, a Professor of Sociology, Public Policy, […]

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How Viewpoint Diversity Makes You Smarter and Stronger

In this video, produced by the SNF Paideia Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Jon Haidt speaks with discussion moderator Jonathan Zimmerman, of Penn’s Graduate School of Education, about the positive impact of viewpoint diversity on our personal life and in our institutions. Paideia is an ancient Greek word meant to capture the moral, intellectual, […]

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Why Do We Always Think We’re Right? A Conversation with Jon Haidt

In this episode of The Good Fight podcast, host Yascha Mounk speaks with Ethical Systems Founding Director Jonathan Haidt about the psychological differences between the political left and right, the human tendency to discriminate in favor of the in-group, and how to build a less tribal culture and country. Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley […]

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Insurance Companies Can Help Phase Out the Fossil-Fuel Industry

Listen to “#25 – Insurance Companies Can Help Phase Out the Fossil-Fuel Industry” on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, the second in our miniseries on climate finance, we speak with Peter Bosshard and Elana Sulakshana about the insurance sector’s role in maintaining status-quo climate policies, and what insurers can do […]

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Corporate Culture Assessment

Corporate culture, a rather nebulous psychological construct, is nevertheless part of an organization’s personality. It informs employees—via expectations, standards, prohibitions, and norms, both written and unwritten—how to behave, ultimately driving individual and group-level behavior. This culture is also inherently and deeply linked to ethics, because individual employees tend to act in accordance with the culture […]