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Stephen Hicks lecture tour in Poland

Monday, February 13th, 2017

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EP-Polish-slant-1024x768From January 6-16 Stephen Hicks gave a total of eight talks in Poland: Bydgoszcz, Chojnice, Warszawa, and Kraków. Several of the talks are tied to the newly-published Polish edition of his Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault.

The Polish translation by Piotr Kostyło and Katarzyna Nowak was published as Zrozumieć postmodernizm. Sceptycyzm i socjalizm od Rousseau do Foucaulta (University of Kasimir the Great Press, 2016).

Much thanks to the following individuals for their warm invitations: Dr. Przemek Zientkowski of Chojnice, Professor Hanna Kostyło of the Bydgoszcz University, Professor Rafał Godoń of the University of Warsaw,
Professor Katarzyna Wrońska of Jagiellonian University in Kraków, and especially to Dr. Piotr Kostyło of the University of Kasimir the Great.

The Frontier of Diagnostic Medicine, Business without Bosses, Interns Sue over Wages, Advice from Elite Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurial Education, Explaining Postmodernism

Friday, July 26th, 2013

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Kaizen Weekly Review highlights activities of The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship and recent business ethics and entrepreneurship news.
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The Frontier of Diagnostic Medicine
iknife New developments in medical technology are paving the way for longer, healthier lives. In this article, Ray Kurzweil discusses the iKnife, which uses an electrical current to diagnose cancer. And this article explains how the use of “smart” pills to monitor everything “from your vitals to blood flow to temperature in real time” could be mainstream as early as 2014..
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Business without Bosses
PGreenIn this interview, Paul Green, Jr. from the Morning Star Self-Management Institute explains Morning Star’s innovative business model that focuses on self-responsibility and self-management over bureaucracies and bosses. According to Green, this model is premised on “a principle that basically states: to the degree people do all that they agree to do, and don’t initiate force against others or their property, happiness and prosperity will emerge.” Read more about Morning Star’s business vision..

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Interns Sue Over Wages
money-bags3Historically, unpaid internships have offered college students invaluable on-the-job training and education. However, in two recent cases, interns have filed lawsuits for lack of payment against the companies that provided them with internships. This article details the lawsuits against Condé Nast and NBC Universal. Read the complaint against NBC Universal.

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New Chapter from Audiobook Version of Explaining Postmodernism
explaining postmodernismThe sixth and final chapter from Stephen Hicks’s Explaining Postmodernism audiobook has been released. In this chapter, “Postmodern Strategy,” Hicks discusses Rorty’s, Foucault’s, and Derrida’s contribution to postmodernist strategy — and its political implications: “Why has a leading segment of the political Left adopted skeptical and relativist epistemological strategies?”

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Advice from Elite Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur MindYou should put your job before your family. You should disregard your passion in favor of practicality. These unusual-sounding pieces of advice come from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. In his new book, The Entrepreneur Mind, serial entrepreneur Kevin D. Johnson outlines 100 essential beliefs, insights, and habits of serious entrepreneurs. Read 10 gems from the book in this Forbes article.

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An Online Master’s Degree in Computer Science?
online-degreeThe Georgia Institute of Technology has created a solution to America’s shortage of computer-science experts. According to this Wall Street Journal article, Georgia Tech is now offering an online master’s degree in computer science. This new offering not only allows more people to participate in the degree program, but it costs students just a quarter of the cost of a typical degree.

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Weighing Privacy Rights, Monsanto’s Seed Patents, Teen Innovators, Entrepreneurship for School Reform, The Crisis of Socialism, and Debating Hockey Fights

Friday, June 14th, 2013

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Kaizen Weekly Review highlights activities of The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship and recent business ethics and entrepreneurship news.
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Do Privacy Rights Matter?
cellphonellAmericans have had a lot to digest lately. Not only was it reported that phone companies have been selling customers’ personal information to third parties, but Americans have also learned that their government has been tracking their metadata through their phones. Do Americans care? According to this summation of several surveys from the Electronic Privacy Information Center, “the importance of privacy has steadily trended upward over seven years.”.

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The Future is Bright: Amazing Teen Innovators
Teen-Phone Capacitor-2Worried about the ingenuity of our next generation? Consider this: An 18-year-old has developed a capacitor that charges cellphones in under 30 seconds. In the booming market of apps, a teen has contributed an emergency-notification app. One teen designed a low-cost, self-driving car. Another teen has created a single-person submarine. And this 15-year-old budding scientist has developed a fast, low-cost blood test to detect pancreatic cancer..

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Big Win for Monsanto’s Intellectual Property Rights
Monsanto Seeds 3Would innovation happen without intellectual property rights and the profit-motive? In a major win for intellectual property rights, the Supreme Court recently decided in Bowman v. Monsanto Co. that the farmer, Vernon Bowman, had infringed on Monsanto’s patent rights when he copied and used the seeds he yielded from a crop of Monsanto, patent-protected seeds. Read more about the case and decision.

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Is Entrepreneurship the Key to School Reform?
Student Voice Live 2At a recent event in New York, Dell and a student advocacy group, StudentVoice, hosted a day-long conference devoted to exploring ways schools can introduce entrepreneurship in the classroom. According to Zak Malamed, co-founder of StudentVoice, “Research shows that it’s entrepreneurial innovation that will lead to global economic recovery, and it’s important to nurture this entrepreneurial spirit from a young age.” Read more about the event and panelists.

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New Chapters from Audiobook Version of Explaining Postmodernism
explaining postmodernismTwo more chapters from Stephen Hicks’s Explaining Postmodernism audiobook have been released. Chapter Four takes an in-depth look at “The Climate of Collectivism” in nineteenth- and twentieth-century political thought, and Chapter Five explores how the “The Crisis of Socialism” led to Postmodernism.

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Five for Fighting: Is Hockey Fighting Justified?
sports ethicistFor many hockey fans, fights are a natural and enjoyable part of the game. But is the fighting justified? The Sports Ethicist, Shawn Klein, takes a look at the most common justifications for hockey fights. In his assessment, Klein opines that “it is a lack of sportsmanship and self-control, and overall does more harm to the sport than any purported benefits.”

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KWR: Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, The Discovery that Could Change the World, Crowdfunding Lessons, Regulating Entrepreneurship, Explaining Postmodernism

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

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Editor: Virginia Murr

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Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
Guest speaker Dr. Robert Salvino recently spoke on “Entrepreneurship and Public Policy” at Rockford University. Salvino received his Ph.D. from Georgia State University in 2007 and currently teaches in the Department of Economics at Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina. In the video below, Salvino discusses highlights from his lecture.


This Scientific Discovery Could Change the World
Imagine giving your smart phone a long-lasting charge in just a couple seconds. Now imagine that this technology is scalable, which can lead to manufacturing and wide-scale technological implementation. Two scientists believe they have discovered a supercapacitor that can provide all of this and much more. Read more about the revolutionary supercapacitor “accidentally” discovered by chemist Richard Kaner and researcher Maher El-Kady.

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Regulations that Strike the Heart of Entrepreneurship
While undergoing cancer treatment, Lauren Boice learned how difficult it is to receive cosmetology services while home-bound. Determined to help others in her situation, Boice started a dispatch business to set up appointments for home-bound individuals with cosmetologists. According to the Arizona Board of Cosmetology, however, Boice was practicing cosmetology and needed a license as well as a brick and mortar store. Read attorney Timothy Sandefur’s comments on the case.

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Crowdfunding: Lessons for Entrepreneurs
Kauffman Dissertation Fellow Ethan Mollick examined almost 47,000 projects on Kickstarter and identified the factors that influence whether a project will succeed or not, such as having a strong geographic tie-in (e.g., pitching country music in Nashville, film in Los Angeles, etc.). Read the full article.

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Postmodernism versus Reason
Stephen Hicks has released two more chapters from his Explaining Postmodernism audiobook. Listen to Chapter Two: “The Counter-Enlightenment Attack on Reason” and Chapter Three: “The Twentieth-Century Collapse of Reason.”

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KWR: Mackey, Rent Control, Magatte, the Sports Ethicist, and Measuring Innovation

Friday, April 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.
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: Virginia Murr
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John Mackey’s Conscious Capitalism
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey has made waves with his book Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. According to this Forbes review, the theme of conscious capitalism is “that business is good because it creates value, it is ethical because it is based on voluntary exchange, it is noble because it can elevate our existence, and it is heroic because it lifts people out of poverty and creates prosperity.” Below is a Mackey’s discussion of Conscious Capitalism with Tucker Carlson at the Cato Institute.
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Business Ethics Case Studies: Rent Control
Stephen Hicks has released Rent Control, the first in his Business Ethics Case Studies series. Forthcoming cases will include Minimum WagesThe Tragedy of the CommonsLaetrile and Experimental Cancer Drugs, and the FCC’s “Fairness Doctrine.”

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Audiobook Version of Explaining Postmodernism
Hicks’s Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault is being released as an audiobook. Listen to the first chapter, “What Postmodernism Is.” Explaining Postmodernism has been translated into three languages, with a Spanish translation forthcoming. It is also available in e-book format.

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The Sports Ethicist Takes on the Miami Heat
The Miami Heat recently caused a stir when the players refused the traditional after-game handshake with the Chicago Bulls. This prompted announcer Jeff Van Gundy to state that sports “shouldn’t be warm and friendly.” Shawn Klein, aka “the Sports Ethicist,” disagrees. According to Klein, “[T]he very essence of good sportsmanship is that when the game is over, you step outside that frame of mind.” Read the rest of his critique.

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Magatte Wade: Model of Leadership
Da Promoter hails Tiossan owner Magatte Wade as a female model of leadership. This article states that Wade’s story “is proof that with determination, determination, courage, and boldness, we can achieve everything.” Wade was the subject of a recent CEE interview in which she shares her personal successes and challenges as well as her advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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How to Measure Innovation
How should innovative companies be evaluated? Currently, there is no industry consensus on what factors best demonstrate the success of innovation. According to this article, there isn’t even agreement on such fundamental questions as “what defines an idea?” or “what does ‘success’ mean?” The author of the article believes there should be one standardized methodology. What do you think?

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