Trust is Key to Business Development, says Keynote Speaker Matthew Harrington

The state of trust today across all institutions, whether government, business, media or non-governmental is extremely fragile says Matthew Harrington, CEO and President of Edelman and keynote speaker at this week’s Trust, Ethics & Transparency conference.

“In this environment it behooves any organization to make building trust a priority,” said Harrington, “because trust, the belief that an individual or enterprise will do what is right, is what provides the license to operate.”

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Dallas City Council Headed to “Trust, Ethics & Transparency Conference

The Dallas Morning News reported in a City Hall Blog story Sunday that the Dallas City Council may attend this week’s Ethics, Trust & Transparency conference en masse. Continue reading

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“Ethics, Trust & Transparency” Conference Will Be Streamed

Next weeks Ethics, Trust & Transparency conference on the SMU campus just got easier to attend with the announcement that the entire event will be streamed on the web.

Every minute of the conference, beginning at 8:20 am, Wednesday, November 2, 2011 will be video streamed free-of-charge on the main page of the Maguire Center’s website at

The Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility will host the Ethics, Trust & Transparency conference on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 in the Jim Collins Conference Center on Southern Methodist University’s Dallas campus. Registration to attend the conference is open to the public. For more information and to register online, click here or copy and paste this URL in your web browser.


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Ethics, Trust and Transparency Conference Less than a Week Away

Register now for the “Ethics, Trust and Transparency” conference scheduled next Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Crum Auditorium at the Jim Collins Executive Center on the SMU campus.

At a time when confidence in government and business leaders has been rocked by scandal and questionable decisions it will be both healthy and interesting to hear presentations from business, government, news and academic leaders about ethics and responsibility.

Registration is $40 and open to the public. For more information on the conference and the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, click here.


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Twins Try to Reopen Facebook Lawsuit

Have you ever stolen someone else’s idea? Does it matter if the idea has monetary value or not? According to the Wall Street Journal, “Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea for the influential social-networking site. Three judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals questioned lawyers about whether to toss out a 2008 settlement between Mr. Zuckerberg and his collegiate business partners. While the hearing was short on new revelations, the judges showed signs of reluctance to re-open the settlement.”

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RI Governor: First Order is Ethics

Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chaffee makes ethics oversight his first executive order. Do people need to be monitored to do the right thing?

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NY Governor sends employees to Ethics School

Every 2 years, New York state employees will be required to go to Ethics School. Do we need frequent reminders of what is or isn’t acceptable public behavior?

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Economists Petitioned for Code of Ethics

See why 300 leading academics have called upon the American Economic Association to establish a code of ethics.

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U.S. apologizes to Guatemala for syphilis study

As reported in Friday’s N.Y.Times, the Secretaries of State and HHS have apologized for the experiments, conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Public Health Service between 1946 and 1948, in which nearly 700 Guatemalans were infected without their knowledge or consent to test the efficacy of penicillin. Shades of Tuskegee . . .

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Tom Brady, a Boston charity, and that wrecked Audi S8

The papers were filled with photos and stories when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wrecked his Audi S8 last week (click here for a representative sample). Except it turns out that it wasn’t Brady’s Audi. The car was a loaner provided by the Boston office of the Kennedy-family charity, Best Buddies International, which has loaned the 72-million-dollar-man a new S8 in each of the last three years, presumably out of gratitude for Brady’s volunteer activities for the charity. Nice volunteer work if you can get, though it certainly stretches the concept of “charity” and “voluntarism” beyond recognition. Other Patriots players have received Audi loaners for their support for the charity, too, all of which raises the question whether those dollars might better be spent for the benefit of those whom the charity was created to help out.

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