Posted on November 3, 2011 by sandrarothenberg
Rae Daly is a young activist and recent law school graduate whose life and career are put in jeopardy when she accidentally wounds a police officer at a protest rally. To avoid prosecution, Rae agrees to help the FBI infiltrate a dangerous cult known as the Premillennial Church of God. But to do so, she must pose as a woman wanted for the murder of an abortion provider. In the end, it’s up to Rae to prevent the cult’s charismatic leader, the Prophet Emily Chandler, from carrying out a vast deadly scheme. As Rae embarks on this task, she learns that the case is more complex, and more personal, than she ever could have imagined.
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Posted on November 3, 2011 by sandrarothenberg
We had our second annual Xtranormal Contest yesterday and it was a great success. Entrants were asked to create a video using Xtranormal depicting a complex ethical dilemma. All the entries were very strong, but in the end the winners were:
Second place went to: Dilemma Dilemma by Sanchit Khera
Please see all of our entries – and vote on your favorite here.
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Posted on September 7, 2010 by sandrarothenberg
I came across this great article today - Beyond Money: Toward an Economy of Well-Being. It focuses on a critical question – how do we measure success. This article focuses on the national level and it reminiscent of the ideas beyond the Country of Bhutan, which in 2006 Business Week magazine rated the happiest country in Asia and the eighth-happiest in the world. But, this question is relevant at all levels. My guess is that most people look at the wrong measures at both the personal and organizational. Instead of creating false material needs (pet rock anyone?) that do not lead to happiness, can business create produce and services that help people do and experience the things that lead to true happiness?
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Posted on June 15, 2010 by sandrarothenberg
Earlier this year, the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that, based on the notion of “corporate personhood,” government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections. As we see the human and ecological damages quickly add up from the recent oil spill in the Gulf, however, it seems that if corporations are to have the rights of personhood, then now is a good time for Congress to require them to exercise the responsibilities of personhood. Just like an individual, corporations should be punished for theft, criminal negligence, and manslaughter. It appears that BP may be guilty of all three! Limiting responsibility for damages to $75 million, as is mandated by the present law, is often equivalent to limiting a rich individual to paying a small fine. Perhaps Congress should consider instating the real equivalents to individual punishment: suspension of business activities in lieu of prison time and dismantling of the corporation in lieu of execution.
I am not alone in this camp. A quick search revealed that Alec Baldwin recently shared similar sentiments in a blog posting.
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Posted on May 3, 2010 by sandrarothenberg
INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT recently published a paper entitled “The True Cost of Gasoline” – in it they look at the social and environmental costs of gasoline and the transportation/urban infrastructure that was built on the basis of cheap gasoline. They found:
Total Annual Environmental, Health, and Social Costs
Low estimate: $231.7 billion or $2.00/gallon
High estimate: $942.9 billion or $8.13/gallon
Then – if you add in the costs of our dependance on oil – the price increases further.
Total Annual Cost of “Other” Economic Costs:
Low estimate: $191.4 billion or $1.59/gallon
High estimate: $474.1 billion or $3.95/gallon
Estimate w/petroleum price spike:
$500.8 billion or $4.17/gallon
So – in total – the REAL cost of Gas is:
Low estimate: $5.60/gallon
High estimate: $15.14/gallon
W/price spike: $15.37/gallon
The recent disaster in the Gulf Coast illustrates how the environmental and social costs of our dependence on oil are by no means captured by the current price of gasoline. Part of this problem is that we tend to discount low probability/high impact events in our estimation of these costs.
So – if drivers are not paying these costs, who are? The fisherman in the Gulf Coast and Florida, future generations who will be faced with environmental depredation, soldiers in Iraq, etc. It is critical that we are realistic about the costs of our actions AND that we internalize these costs into our products and services.
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