Do Honesty Pledges Work?

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Honesty pledges often sound like a good idea, but whether they are in any given situation depends on various factors. Just ask Jim Comey. In a recent paper, Eyal Pe’er, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Yuval…

How This CEO Grew His Luxury Brand During a Pandemic

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Ian Bentley, Parker Clay's CEO, says, "Our brand tagline, ‘We Go Together,’ comes from the African proverb, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.'" Beleaguered leaders are grasping for ways to keep…

How to Fight Online Disinformation in the Wake of a Bitter Election

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Unless the platforms adjust their fundamental approach to disinformation, this trend will escalate and come to dominate political discourse to the detriment of all of our societies. Since last week’s election was called in favor of President-elect…

On Climate, Finance, and Policy in the US: A Conversation with Bob Litterman

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Listen to "#21 - On Climate, Finance, and Policy in the US: A Conversation with Bob Litterman" on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with Bob Litterman. We discuss Bob's trajectory from risk-pricing guru…

A Buddhist Philosopher’s Antidote to Modern Nihilism

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To care deeply, as Socrates shows us in Plato’s Apology, is to be willing to die for what is truly worth caring about. In mid-September 2020 as I write, massive wildfires are burning throughout Washington, Oregon, and California, and climate-change…

Making Corporate Values Human: A Conversation with Marsha Ershaghi Hames

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Listen to "#20 - Making Corporate Values Human: A Conversation with Marsha Ershaghi Hames" on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with Marsha Ershaghi Hames about how COVID-19 has shaped, and continues to…

Do Compliance Officers Have an Inherent Conflict of Interest?

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Should compliance be subordinated to legal, rather than separated from it? Yes, argues Sean J. Griffith, of the Fordham University School of Law, in a recent paper, titled "Agency, Authority, and Compliance." This is an interesting and…

4 Pillars of Business Integrity from the World Economic Forum

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This time last year, I traveled to Dubai to participate in the Global Future Council on Transparency and Anti-Corruption. The World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils are an interdisciplinary multi-stakeholder network, grouped into…

Why Modern Meritocracy Is Broken

Philosopher Michael Sandel suggests at the heart of meritocratic failure is “credentialism,” what he calls “our last acceptable prejudice.” If the 2016 election felt like a polarizing set of choices for American voters, the upcoming…

The African Perspective: A Conversation with Uzodinma Iweala

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Listen to "Episode 19 - Dr. Uzodinma Iweala" on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with Uzodinma Iweala about how race, culture, and class have shaped the COVID-19 crisis and life, in Africa as well…