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Responsibility, the missing link to progress

Everybody talks about responsibility. Over and over again we hear "I am responsible" however there are no repercussions, it is just three lovely words that are in fact a "get out of jail free card".

OK my friends let's bust this subject wide open!
On my fourth attempt TED finally allowed this conversation I suspect because the people involved in Corporations have a largest impact on "responsibility" simply because of the size of the organizations. This is not about "organizations". This is about individuals who are serving within organizations and that is where the responsibility lies.

I believe this lack of responsibility at the core of every organization is the biggest problem the world has ever experienced and it is about time we looked at it. As long as the world continues to bury it head in the sand and ignore this chaos will prevail.

Just because we put on a different mask at work does not relieve us as individuals of responsibility no matter what our corrupt laws may say.
"Man’s law is not just, it is just law"- Keith W Henline
“Law is mind without reason”- Aristotle

Recent Examples of Political Responsibility Gone Wrong:
Governor Chris Christie (Fort Lee Traffic Scandal)
Ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Beghazi Scandal)
The American Solution (Wonderful.. Now they are Qualified to run for President)
It reminds me of the qualifications for getting into a gang or the Mafia

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Closing Statement from Keith W Henline

Responsibility of course is personal thing which spills over into every other aspect of our lives. Family, friends, business, religion, work and play all are effected by our ability to be responsible. That responsibility flows from the individual all the way to top of our government and back again. We love to point fingers at the government and shift the blame to anywhere else beside ourselves but that dog won't hunt, that excuse won't fly. I wrote this years ago and I think it is still the bottom line:

"The Law of supply and demand, you control it and no government, politician, corporation or military can break it. This law is the only viable solution to all the world's problems and it is totally up to you! If you want more pollution, crime poverty and injustice, keep buying what they are selling. If you want change, simply change your buying habits. It is that simple!"- Keith W Henline

It must start with you! "Be the change that you want to see in the world"- Mahatma Gandhi

Thank you one and all for your inspiring challenges and participation.

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    Jan 5 2014: I ran out of space below...my point in highlighting Google and McDonalds is that they should be looking to reduce their carbon footprint as a regular aspect of their business. If there is one light bulb that uses less energy and we all agree that energy is a scarce resource...buy the energy efficient light bulb and be done with it. Companies should not be winning awards for these metrics.

    The real work is about aligning to a national/global issue and rethinking what our quality of life should be (ie, not centered around growth).

    The problem (as I see it) is that both businesses and government officials often refer to non profits stepping in to get the populations they cannot. That is a huge assumption. Who actively facilitates a large national issue and provides the framework for businesses, government and non profits to align in order to really chip away at core issues we wrestle with as a nation?

    The UN lists various world issues: equality, hunger, environment, etc. An example of how McDonalds could rethink their business model would be to take on the national hunger epidemic by incorporating a buy-1 give-1 to a ***government-or-non-profit administered*** meal program. This mission would be intentional, align with hunger and equality issues, reinforce the sustainability efforts they already have in place, create new customers in under served areas, and tackle a societal problem. They could even partner with their competitors to do this. Leadership is a key aspect of this type of endeavor.
    • Jan 6 2014: Christine I am in the process of reorganizing after moving but I read your comments and would like to give them a well thought out response hopefully later tonight. You are not late at all, most of heavy weights are on holiday vacation and are just starting to come back home so I expect some intense conversation in the coming two weeks. It took me four try's just to get this past the conversation monitors who I believe are worried about offending corporate sponsors but I would like to talk about individual responsibility which in turn will affect every aspect of our lives. Thank's for joining TED and our conversation about what I believe is the most important topic ever talked about here.

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