I went to my first North East Fraud Forum event last week. There is such an overlap between fraud, cyber crime and business ethics that it was a natural fit with many of the other things that I am involved in. It was also the first time that I had been inside the Virgin Money … Continue reading North East Fraud Forum
World Values Day, October 18, was a busy day for me this year. I started at the Socitm North conference in Darlington, spent some time with a potential infrastructure provider and ended up at the Dynamites 18 awards dinner in Newcastle. Before then I attended the latest North East Initiative on Business Ethics event at … Continue reading World values day
I used to think of myself as a liberal, of the bleeding heart kind until I read ‘Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind’, or rather listened to the audio book by Yuval Noah Harari. What made me stop and think, figuratively rather than literally as I was driving at the time, was that liberalism included … Continue reading The world according to me
We live in two realities, the things that exist in our physical world and the things that happen in our minds. Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference. When I look out of my window I see trees moving in the breeze and red rooftops with the odd pigeon or two. Cars pass by … Continue reading The need for ethics
I defend anyone’s right to free speech just as I defend anyone’s right to think what they like. To take the opposite approach, in my view, is to go down the road to control and totalitarianism. I accept, however, that this means that people are going to say and think things that are abhorrent, disgusting … Continue reading Free speech
A couple of things have made me think about ethics in business this morning. I was at Informal Friday in Morpeth when the conversation got round to affordable housing, an awful euphemism for low cost or cheap housing. All houses are affordable by someone, otherwise they would never be sold. The second time was a … Continue reading Affordable ethics
I am no Aristotle yet I like to think of myself as an ethical person and would like to live amongst people who were like minded. Everyday I see things in business and public life which I regard as unethical, immoral, unfair and, at times illegal. But who am I to judge? I wonder whether … Continue reading Who am I to talk about ethics?
Even Google has ethical problems to deal with. The company is now embroiled in a very public struggle to decide what kind of business it gets involved in. Over three thousand of its employees have signed an open letter calling on the company to cancel Project Maven, an ‘AI surveillance engine that uses “wide area … Continue reading The ethics of Google
I have earned my money through my own toil. I put it in the bank and they pay me a small amount of money for the privilege. That is very kind of them yet I wonder where this money comes from. Of course they lend it out to other people to buy a car, or … Continue reading Where does the money come from?
Spoiler alert. I have been reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I still am, it is a long book yet it has left me in a dilemma. At times I think it is the most fantastic of books while at others I don’t agree with some of the sentiments it contains. Perhaps that is the … Continue reading Atlas Shrugged