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Francesca Gino, Bidhan (Bobby) Parmar and Julia Lee

To build on the gains made in recent years, ethics training will have to accomplish several goals.  First, ethics training needs to focus on unleashing participants’ intrinsic...


Lecture by Dr. Bill English

Larry Lessig has a concept of Institutional Corruption (IC) as a deviation from the purpose of the organization.  This is shown graphically by a compass pointing north--true north is the purpose of the organization; if you get pulled off of true north (like with a magnet pulling the compass off of north), that represents corrupting influences.

So the number one question is what is the purpose of your organization?  Why does...


This was a project that was helped by Represent.US and supported by citizen groups from right to left. I worked on the drafting of the referendum language. Here is today's press release from Represent.US:

Front page of the full paper - image provides link to the SSRN Document

Submitted on behalf of the Author: Mary M. Báthory Vidaver

Community Development Authorities

Community Development Authorities (CDAs) are quasi-governmental entities established by a local government at the request of private landowners to construct, maintain, and operate multiple types of public infrastructure within a specified district. Such infrastructure may include roads, water and sewer systems, schools, stadiums, and other public...


Posted on January 24th, 2014 on the Harvard Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics Blog:


City Ethics president, Carla Miller, worked with Integrity Florida (Dan Krassner) and the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans (Richard Polangin) on a Resolution that passed at the annual conference of the Alliance last week. This is part of an emerging citizen initiative in Florida that involves numerous groups joining forces to fight for the passage of...