Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Power of Business

As we struggle through the worst environmental disaster in the history of the US, it's easy to think about "corporate greed."  Our recent history tells us that a large group of corporate executives has behaved in ways certainly irresponsible, and likely criminal.  The result has been the massive collapse of our economic system, and now even such far-removed industries as shrimp fishing are being threatened by the result of corporate irresponsibility.

Let's not forget, however, the good that businesses can do.  Of course, they provide money and benefits.  Business can also serve to bridge cultural divides that politicians and diplomats can only dream of.  While in Iraq, I brought together Shia manufacturers and Sunni farmers to collaborate on drip irrigations systems.  So much more is possible.

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