Archive for April, 2010

Douglas Rasmussen on “Natural Goodness”

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Dr. Douglas Rasmussen, our final guest speaker of Spring 2010, gave two lectures at Rockford University recently. Dr. Rasmussen is professor of philosophy at St. John’s University in New York and is coauthor (with Douglas J. Den Uyl) of Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics (2005). Here, Dr. Stephen Hicks interviews Dr. Rasmussen about his talk on Philippa Foot’s book Natural Goodness, given to Professor Klein’s Ethical Theory class:

Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Two weeks ago, the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship explored entrepreneurship in Turkey. Now Jonathan Ortmans looks at Saudi Arabia and finds a very entrepreneurial country. For example, it is ranked number 13 out of 183 economies for “ease of starting a business” (the U.S. is number 8).

Read more here.

April 2010 Issue of Kaizen

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

In our latest issue of Kaizen we feature an interview with John Chisholm, founder of Decisive Technology, a pioneer in online survey software (and now part of Google), and CustomerSat, a leading provider of enterprise feedback management systems (now part of MarketTools).

Also featured in Kaizen are: this semester’s Introduction to Philosophy student essay contest winners – Bronson Garcia, Mona Khalifeh, and Erica Price; Guest Speaker William Kline; and news about our professors.

A PDF version of Kaizen is available here. We will soon post separately the full interview with Mr. Chisholm.

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Entrepreneurship in Turkey

Friday, April 9th, 2010

The Kauffman Foundation’s Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship has a fascinating article on entrepreneurship in Turkey. Why, asks author Jonathan Ortmans, does Turkey have such a low rate of entrepreneurship when it is so strong economically?

Read the article here.

Jeffrey Orduno on Property Rights and the Law

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Jeffrey Orduno, Rockford University alum and associate at McGreevy Williams, gave a CEE-sponsored talk last week at Rockford University. Here is Stephen Hicks’s interview with him on property rights and the law: