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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


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'm joining this really late...A lot of the conversation seems to be focused around the term "responsibility," what it might mean and contain as a concept. I'm finding this to be the case with other terms I'm working with in my research, namely: crisis, sustainability, and ethics. All three are hot buttons and people have very definitive impressions of what these terms should or should not contain. To me, this part of the discussion is "content" and not getting down to brass tacks.

    In 2012, a paper went out that basically said people with more money behave badly. A short summary of that research is here: http://www.upworthy.com/take-two-normal-people-add-money-to-just-one-of-them-and-watch-what-happens-next?c=ufb2 A link to the paper is here http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/02/21/1118373109

    To me, it's all the same conversation since what we do in crisis, how much we support sustainability efforts, or how much responsibility we assume (in life, at work, of ourselves), is related to what we think we are entitled to.

    That said, when I look at CSR programs in large companies and the measures they are focusing on, I'm saddened. Looking at social measures alone facilitates the internal conversation of helping an organization "be less bad" rather than thinking about what could be done. Google's motto is "don't be evil." Is that all we can expect from a company with a current stock price of over $1000 per share? McDonald's seeks to only use fish from sustainable fisheries for their sandwiches. Given their overall national footprint, is that the best we can look forward to?

    Integrating financial, product, and social measures is more than adopting better light bulbs, eco friendly office carpet, and reducing server rack space. It is about looking at how the company can do its part in reducing national hunger; increasing the national education level for all; increasing productivity between business, government, and education; and stewarding the environment.
    • Jan 6 2014: Christine because you are new to TED I will try to be as respectful and gentle as possible. I believe in your heart you really do want to help and because of your involvement in corporations you have a unique perspective from the inside, that helps and hinders you.

      “term (responsibility) is content”- Responsibility is at the very core of the majority of our problems. Individuals are the foundation of all man made organizations and if the individuals are not responsible then only a fool would expect the organization to be responsible.
      As the research you pointed out demonstrates, the more money is involved the less people act responsibly.
      As you also pointed out CSR programs are typically a minimal response usually to a lawsuit. A feeble attempt to pacify the outraged public. “is that the best we can look forward to?” I totally agree with your sentiment.
      “It is about looking at how the company can do its part in reducing national hunger; increasing the national education level for all; increasing productivity between business, government, and education; and stewarding the environment.”
      I think I would be happy if they would just fix the stuff they break and discard along the way for others to clean up. I am not looking for a hand out, I just want them to be responsible citizens and stop poisoning my food, water, land and air.
      “non profits stepping in to get the populations they cannot” This is just another instance of the “entitlement” problem you described earlier.
      Corporations are a virus that consumes everything around them that they can plunder and then they turn on their own members and continue to consume themselves until they die at which point they go to another area and start over.
      Finally your McDonald’s proposal. NO... Hell NO! Please watch Supersize Me:

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