Posts Tagged ‘John Mackey’

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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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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See you next week!

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Previous Issues of Kaizen Weekly Review.

The Future of Capitalism Series on Big Think

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Last week, Big Think started a ten day series on the future of capitalism. Through articles and videos, the series examines the impact on capitalism of technologies such as 3D printing, virtual products and currencies, data analysis, and the relationship between governments and markets. Also featured is an interview with John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods and co-founder of Conscious Capitalism with recent CEE guest speaker Michael Strong.

Michael Strong and Magatte Wade: CEE’s Final Fall 2010 Guest Speakers

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

On Wednesday, November 3rd CEE’s final Fall 2010 guest speakers, Michael Strong and Magatte Ward, will each give a talk at Rockford University.

Michael Strong: “Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems”

Michael Strong is the co-founder (with John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market) and Chief Visionary Officer of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes Conscious Capitalist solutions to world problems. Michael’s work is featured in academic journals (The Journal of Business Ethics, Economic Affairs, Critical Review, etc.) and in media reaching popular audiences (The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Huffington Post, RealClearPolitics, etc.). He is author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice and co-author of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems.

Magatte Wade: “How an African Entrepreneur is Working to Solve African Problems”

Magatte Wade is a serial entrepreneur who was raised in Senegal, educated in Germany and France, and began her entrepreneurial career in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she co-founded Adina World Beverages. Her current project is The Tiossano Tribe, Inc., a high-end skin care products line. Magatte writes and speaks for many audiences, and is on the boards of several non-profits that support African causes, including Afropop Worldwide, the SEEDS Academy, AllforAfrica.com, and ASNAPP.

Michael and Magatte will give their talks in conjunction with Dr. Hicks’s Business and Economic Ethics class on:

Wednesday, November 3

11 am, SCAR 220

All who are interested may attend.

What is holding back Senegal?

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Flow Vision News is the newsletter of Flow, an organization founded by educator Michael Strong and Whole Foods CEO John Mackey. The current edition interweaves the story of Senegalese entrepreneur Magatte Wade-Marchand, founder of the beverage company Adina for Life, with a discussion of the difficulties involved in fostering entrepreneurship and building up the economy in Senegal.

Debating the social responsibility of business

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, and Cypress Semiconductor CEO T. J. Rodgers debate corporate responsibility: do profits or customer service come first?