J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-29-2018

Are you a Compassionate‚Äč & Conscious Capitalist?

KARL R. LAPAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE NIIC. If you’re in business for the sole purpose of making money, you’re are ignoring other important stakeholders vital to a healthy business and positive bottom line. If your motivation is to help people first and foremost while making a living at the same time, you’re onto something. I believe capitalism and intentional altruism can and do intersect. 

It might also turn out that they might also be more successful financially. Buffet and Collins often remind us that saying no distinguishes super-successful people from successful people. Going above and beyond: Compassionate capitalists tend to live their life as servant leaders and are always willing to go the extra mile. People who practice this habit stand out, which in turn helps them to attract the right people, the right projects, and achieve higher personal job satisfaction. If you can incorporate even one of these principles into your life and business, I imagine you’d find great satisfaction in deeper relationships and also potentially a more robust bottom line. 

This behavior has the power to inspire others, creating a chain reaction that can only add to our society as a whole. Intentionally choose to be both a conscious and compassionate capitalist leader in your business. 

Keywords: [“business”,”people”,”might”]
Source: https://theniic.org/insights/are-you-a-compassionate%E2%80%8B-conscious-capitalist/

‘Compassionate capitalism’ urged for India

Narayan Murthy: One of the world’s most admired business leaders. Debate is currently raging throughout India over the economic policy of the new government, following a lukewarm media response and stock market jitters. Mr Murthy told BBC World Service’s The Interview programme that more had to be done to drive entrepreneurial activity. Mr Murthy is one of the world’s most admired business leaders, who gives much of his company’s wealth to charity. A growth rate of 7%-8% a year has been targeted by India’s Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram. 

Mr Murthy said the only way to do this was to encourage a new set of entrepreneurs. He warned this would not happen if the approach was too hard-nosed. Mr Murthy pays himself less than $50,000 a year, and said his company stresses ethical use of profits, 96% of which come from business outside of India. He recalled that when India had bordered the old Soviet Union it had been very difficult to establish his company in 1981. Infosys develops software systems for a number of global giants. 

Mr Murthy said that when he set up the company, it took seven days of approval to travel outside India, and he waited a year to obtain a telephone for his office. Most importantly, they allowed foreign companies 100% equity in hi-tech companies in India. 

Keywords: [“India”,”Murthy”,”company”]
Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3757843.stm

Compassionate Capitalism

This podcast is part one of a conversation with David Meltzer, Co-Founder and CEO at Sports1Marketing. David is an executive, author, and humanitarian best known for his work in the field of sports marketing. He is a featured speaker at conferences, corporate meetings, seminars, and other events along with being featured in The New York Times, Sporting News, Fox Business, and Bloomberg. At Terranea Resort in Los Angeles, RevThink’s Tim Thompson and Joel Pilger lead a Creative Entrepreneurs conference on BULLETPROOFING PROFITS. Knowing that being our topic, we recognized our audience might show up thinking we were going to talk only about money. 

Much to everyone’s surprise, we revealed that profits in a creative firm are not about money, but rather about CHOICES and maintaining CONTROL of your business. In David’s talk, he provided us with break from all the talk of numbers plus a terrific dose of inspiration. Sharing his ideas from his books – one titled Connected To Goodness and the other titled Compassionate Capitalism – David’s message featured his stories of success, failure, redemption, and purpose. 

Keywords: [“David”,”talk”,”featured”]
Source: http://revthink.com/podcast-david-meltzer-compassionate-capitalism-part-one/

Businesses Doing Good: “Compassionate Capitalism” Alan McMillan Tickets, Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Alan McMillan was in the right place at the right time, Silicon Valley in years of dramatic transformation into the information age. He rode the crest of of the wave in sales and management and lived through the adreniline laced experiences of fianancial successes, job loss, getting re-hired, and then turned his life from success to significance when he returned with his wife, Kateri, to Athens, OH where he had attended Ohio University. Alan and Kateri bought a student apartment building and a convenience store with a rentable space for a restaurant. As they turned their hearts toward the needs of others, there was opportunity, and also a new vision of how compassion can be expressed through the way business is done. Alan McMillan is is the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Development at Hocking College and is an Adjunct Professor in Business at Ohio University in Athens, OH. 

From Sustainable to Flourishing Businesses and Communities. 

Keywords: [“Alan”,”student”,”Kateri”]
Source: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/businesses-doing-good-compassionate-capitalism-alan-mcmillan-tickets-48031669015

Compassionate Capitalism

With Christian values infusing all aspects of student life and administrative policy, Pepperdine has established an environment that assures both academic and personal betterment. Pepperdine’s standards for academic excellence are recognized internationally and are met through graduate and undergraduate programs across five schools, cutting-edge research, and exceptional faculty. Easily access information about Pepperdine’s admission requirements, financial aid programs, and the unique qualities of our diverse community. Christian values, firmly rooted in the Church of Christ heritage, are at the heart of Pepperdine. We invite you to examine, challenge, and grow your faith regardless of your spiritual background. 

Keywords: [“Pepperdine”,”programs”,”academic”]
Source: https://www.pepperdine.edu/entertainment-media-culture/events/conversations/tom-shadyac/ts2-compassionate-capitalism.htm

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 07-25-2018

20th WCP: A Property Owning Democracy or a Liberal Socialism?: Which One is More Compatible with Rawlsian Justice?

3) But he himself rejects a welfare-state capitalism and illustrates a property-owning democracy and a liberal socialism as economic regimes consistent with his justice as fairness. Both a property-owning democracy and welfare state capitalism allow private property in productive assets. Welfare state capitalism accepts as given substantial inequality in the initial distribution of property and skill endowments, and then seeks to redistribute income ex post; property-owning democracy seeks greater equality in the ex ante distribution of property and skill endowments, with correspondingly less emphasis on subsequent redistributive measures. What I have argued till now does not show that property-owning democracy is more compatible with Rawls’s political liberalism than liberal democratic socialism is. 28) I believe that even without these additions to the list of basic rights Rawls should favor property-owning democracy over liberal socialism in modern democracies. 32). When a practical decision is to be made between property-owning democracy and liberal socialist regime, we look to society’s historical circumstances, to its traditions of political thought and practice. 

Therefore the problem of choice between the two forms of regime at the constitutional stage should be understood as the problem of which kind of regime is more compatible with the features of modern democracies. Property-owning democracy permits the existence of a wider variety of ownership rights, including socialist forms of ownership. If Rawls’s political liberalism accept the fact of pluralism seriously, the right of private property in productive assets should be recognized as an additional but important right at the constitutional stage, so property-owning democracy should be favored in modern democratic conditions. The attempts to argue that Rawls’s two principles of justice are more compatible with liberal socialism is related to the importance of democracy in the workplace. 37). The more reasonable solution seems to me that both worker-managed firms and firms consisting of capitalists and workers, are included in a constitutional regime, that is, property-owning democracy. 38) For Rawls believes that Mill’s idea of worker managed firms is fully compatible with property-owning democracy. 

Keywords: [“democracy”,”property-owning”,”political”]
Source: http://www.bu.edu/wcp/Papers/Poli/PoliJung.htm

Scientists Are Beginning to Figure Out Why Conservatives Are Conservative

William Temple, dressed as a Revolutionary soldier, attends the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority event in Washington, DC, on Friday, June 20, 2014, to mobilize religious conservative voters ahead of the upcoming midterm elections and the 2016 presidential contest. The approach has many virtues, one of which being that it lets you see where a community of scholars and thinkers stand with respect to a controversial or provocative scientific idea. In the latest issue of the journal, this process reveals the following conclusion: A large body of political scientists and political psychologists now concur that liberals and conservatives disagree about politics in part because they are different people at the level of personality, psychology and even traits like physiology and genetics. In other words, the conservative ideology, and especially one of its major facets – centered on a strong military, tough law enforcement, resistance to immigration, widespread availability of guns – would seem well tailored for an underlying, threat-oriented biology. Twenty-six different scholars or groups of scholars then got an opportunity to tee off on the paper, firing off a variety of responses. 

Only about three scholars or groups of scholars seem to reject the idea entirely. One of the teams of commenters includes New York University social psychologist John Jost, who drew considerable political ire in 2003 when he and his colleagues published a synthesis of existing psychological studies on ideology, suggesting that conservatives are characterized by traits such as a need for certainty and an intolerance of ambiguity. Now, writing in Behavioral and Brain Sciences in response to Hibbing roughly a decade later, Jost and fellow scholars note that. Granted, there are still many issues yet to be worked out in the science of ideology. Most of the commentaries on the new Hibbing paper are focused on important but not-paradigm-shifting side issues, such as the question of how conservatives can have a higher negativity bias, and yet not have neurotic personalities. 

Conservatives tend to have a high degree of happiness and life satisfaction. Out of the rubble just might arise a better way of acting in politics that leads to less dysfunction and less gridlockthanks to science. 

Keywords: [“conservative”,”Hibbing”,”scholars”]
Source: https://billmoyers.com/2014/07/17/scientists-are-beginning-to…

Comparing and Contrasting

In some cases, comparison/contrast is only part of the essay-you begin by comparing and/or contrasting two or more things and then use what you’ve learned to construct an argument or evaluation. If you wanted to argue that Frye’s account of oppression is better than both de Beauvoir’s and Bartky’s, comparing and contrasting the main arguments of those three authors might help you construct your evaluation-even though the topic may not have asked for comparison/contrast and the lists of similarities and differences you generate may not appear anywhere in the final draft of your paper. To make a chart, figure out what criteria you want to focus on in comparing the items. If you were writing a paper for a class on typesetting or on how illustrations are used to enhance novels, the typeface and presence or absence of illustrations might be absolutely critical to include in your final paper. Sometimes a particular point of comparison or contrast might be relevant but not terribly revealing or interesting. 

Talking about the different ways nature is depicted or the different aspects of nature that are emphasized might be more interesting and show a more sophisticated understanding of the poems. The thesis of your comparison/contrast paper is very important: it can help you create a focused argument and give your reader a road map so she/he doesn’t get lost in the sea of points you are about to make. If the paper is short, you might be able to fit all of your points about each item into a single paragraph, but it’s more likely that you’d have several paragraphs per item. Using our pizza place comparison/contrast as an example, after the introduction, you might have a paragraph about the ingredients available at Pepper’s, a paragraph about its location, and a paragraph about its ambience. The danger of this subject-by-subject organization is that your paper will simply be a list of points: a certain number of points about one subject, then a certain number of points about another. 

There are two main ways this might play out, depending on how much you have to say about each of the things you are comparing. If you have just a little, you might, in a single paragraph, discuss how a certain point of comparison/contrast relates to all the items you are discussing. 

Keywords: [“might”,”point”,”compare”]
Source: https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/comparing-and-contrasting