Posts Tagged ‘Atlas Society’

Wearable Technology, Regulators vs. Mom Entrepreneur, Quantifying Regulation, Hayek on Intellectuals and Nazis, Solving Mankind’s Biggest Problems, (Breast) Feeding Frenzy

Friday, July 12th, 2013

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Kaizen Weekly Review highlights activities of The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship and recent business ethics and entrepreneurship news.
Editor
: Virginia Murr

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Fashion Meets Technology
13-GoogleGlassModel_1_620x465Technology is quickly becoming a fashion statement. A short list of trendy technologies include: Apple iWatch, Apple smart shoes, Google Glass, Nike+ FuelBand, and LUMOback, an 8.55 mm-thick sensor worn on a belt around the waist that wirelessly tracks movement and activity. Read more about the latest developments in wearable technology.

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Volunteers Not Allowed
Rhea Lana ToysRhea Lana Riner, entrepreneur and mother of three, created a consignment business that uses an innovative business model: Customers at rented pop-up locations could volunteer to set up the sale in exchange for dibs on shopping. This new model caught the attention of the Department of Labor, which decided that Riner’s volunteers should be treated as employees. Has Riner treated her customers unfairly? Or is Riner being “stifled by outmoded dictates?” Read the article.

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Quantifying Regulation at the Mercatus Center
CHP_Commerce_Trade_BooksDetermined to change the flawed methodologies in most statistics on government regulation, Patrick A. McLaughlin, Omar Al-Ubaydli, and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University have developed RegData, “the first tool to allow for industry-specific quantification of federal regulation, permitting within-industry and between-industry analyses of the causes and effects of federal regulations.”

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Hayek on Intellectuals and the Nazis
hayek-1 In this post, Stephen Hicks looks at Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, which was published at the height of World War II. Hicks points out that the intellectual activism of such socialist thinkers as Werner Sombart, Johann Plenge, Friedrich Nauman, Paul Lensch, Moeller van den Bruck, and Oswald Spengler caused Hayek to believe that “Germany’s brightest minds developed the theory and laid the cultural groundwork for the Nazi political transformation.”

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We are Solving Mankind’s Biggest Problems
Abundance_book_cover-212x299In this article, the Atlas Society’s Edward Hudgins reviews two books: Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, and Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism by Robert Zubrin. While each book takes a different approach, Hudgins concludes that both “offer us components for a new Enlightenment synthesis that can usher in profound cultural changes well beyond the particulars in the pages of these books.”

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(Breast) Feeding Frenzy at the University of Virginia
Paul Tudor JonesHow difficult is it for women to combine high-powered careers with motherhood? Paul Tudor Jones, a hedge fund manager and donor to the University of Virginia, recently incited the opposition of media outlets, the Provost, and 82 faculty members. At a panel discussion on financial trading at the University’s McIntire School of Commerce, Jones stated, “[I]t is difficult for mothers to be successful traders because connecting with a child is a focus ‘killer’ … . As soon as that baby’s lips touched that girl’s bosom, forget it.” Read John Rosenberg’s assessment of the fallout from Jones’s incendiary remarks.

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KWR: Ralph Lauren Displays Integrity in Scandal, Stay Online When the Power Goes Out, Virtue of Productiveness, Kaizen in Brazil, Classical Liberalism and Evolution, Minimum Wage Laws

Friday, May 10th, 2013

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Kaizen Weekly Review highlights activities of The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship and recent business ethics and entrepreneurship news.
Editor
: Virginia Murr

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Ralph Lauren Displays Integrity in Bribery Scandal
poloRalph Lauren discovered that one of its subsidiaries had been bribing Argentinian officials. Not only did the company report the violation to the SEC themselves, but it did so knowing that it would have to pay heavy fines for the subsidiary’s actions. According to the company’s attorney, Tom Hanusik, “Ralph Lauren did all the right things in this situation.” Read the article.

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Innovation in Connectivity
brckOur modern-era concern when a storm comes is not that we’ll lose light if the power goes out, but that we will lose the internet. Until now. Ushahidi, a non-profit technology company that builds open source software and digital tools, has created the BRCK, a convenient, portable, and durable device that can “provide failsafe internet connectivity in almost any situation.” Read more about the BRCK in this article from Forbes.

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William Thomas on the Virtue of Productiveness
William R. Thomas is currently a lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University at Albany and the director of programs for The Atlas Society. In this video, Thomas discusses productive work as the central value of life, elements of the virtue of productiveness, and the entrepreneurial concept of responsibility.
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Is Classical Liberalism Compatible with Darwinian Evolution?
darwinian evolution and classical liberalismProfessor Shawn Klein has contributed a chapter to the newly released Darwinian Evolution And Classical Liberalism: Theories in Tension, edited by Stephen Dilley. Klein states that Dilley “has pulled together an interesting and thought-provoking book,” which includes critical and dissenting opinions. Read the abstract of Klein’s chapter.

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Business Ethics Case Study: Minimum Wages
minimum wageStephen Hicks has released another case in his Business Ethics Cases series. This video lecture examines the moral, economic, and political arguments for and against minimum wage laws.

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New Issue of Kaizen Featuring Entrepreneurship in Brazil
loiferman thumbThis issue’s feature interview with entrepreneur André Loiferman, president (CEO) of the construction company Brasília Guaíba, takes us to the south of Brazil and the challenges of infrastructure as Brazil upgrades its airports, roads, ports, and other facilities in preparation for soccer’s World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 to be held there. We also report on our recent activities at Rockford University.

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