Friday, 05 July 2013 11:14
Monday, 01 July 2013 21:51
By Joe Romano,
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
— Ralph Nader
When confronted with the direct question of where they would like to be led, many people bristle. They are not as concerned by the question of where as much as the idea that they are being led at all. Who are your leaders? Barack Obama? Pope Francis? Sandra Steingraber? 12th Moon? Michael Pollan? Svante Myrick? Somebody? Anybody?
Who can you trust to lead? In the largest survey of its kind, with results from 31,000 respondents in 26 markets around the world, Edelman, the world's largest public relations firm, found that only 18 percent of those surveyed trusted business leaders to tell the truth — and even fewer trusted government officials — a pathetic 13 percent.
So what would it take to be a leader that a person could trust? 75,000 people from around the world, in the largest survey of its kind, were asked what qualities would be necessary for them to follow a leader willingly. Over 70 percent of respondents said the person needed to be honest, forward-thinking, and inspiring.
Friday, 31 May 2013 17:06
By Joe Romano,
Racism does not have a good track record. It's been tried out for a long time and you'd think by now we'd want to put an end to it instead of putting it under new management.
— Thomas Sowell
Ateenager and grandparent are sitting in a restaurant. The elder asks the youth, "What's going on these days?" The youth explains that biology homework is tough and that the current topic, genetic divergence, is particularly difficult. "Really?" comes the response, "What does that mean?" "Well," says the student, "it is when living beings branch apart genetically and begin to become different." This causes a pause for thought and then the reply: "Oh... like black people and white people?"
A long pause ensues. Others in the restaurant who had not been listening previously begin to look over to see who said that last phrase. They know any comparison of "black people" and "white people" is likely to be problematic, or, at least for some listeners, entertaining. The room is noticeably quieter as a result.
A true definition of genetic divergence aside, there have been many moments since life began on Earth at which "living beings" have "branched apart." The split between plants and animals would have been, perhaps, a more obvious choice, or guessing when mammals and reptiles took different paths. The grandparent's choice is about race -- it seems to be front of mind when biological "difference" arises.
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By Laura Buttenbaum,
What is a co-op? This seemingly straightforward question can elicit a wide range of responses, from visceral and intrinsic to completely organizational and economic. According to the International Cooperative Association, "A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons unite...