Accountability & Transparency
Care & compassion
Devoid of compassion or feeling. Devoid of courage or enthusiasm. Spiritless. Without a heart. Unkind; unsympathetic; harsh; cruel.
courage to speak up
Association or participation or encourages other perpetrators in a questionable, wrongful, unethical and/or illegal act. Aiding and abetting. An accomplice. But, even though an accomplice does not actually commit the crime his/her actions helped someone in the commission of the crime. Silence is complicity.
truth & authenticity
The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness. A feigning to be better than one is. Behavior that contradicts what one claims to believe or feel.
Key Concepts & Tools
Does Power Make You Corrupt?
Power & Corruption
Power Paradox: Empathy and social intelligence has been shown to be important in acquiring power but these skills seem to be the first to go when a person obtains a position of power. Groups tend to promote socially intelligent and empathetic people to positions of power. Unfortunately, once that person is given power things start to go wrong, which leads to the question: Does power corrupt or do the corrupt seek power?
This video series discusses the various theories and ideas about corruption and power.
Psychology of Corruption
Psychology of Corruption
PwC’s Matt Shelhorse, Forensic services Partner, speaks with Duke University’s Dan Ariely as he delivers insights into the psychology of deviant behavior. What makes influences a person to undertake corruption? What should you be looking for? How can you limit the threat by encouraging ethical behavior in your organization?
The Strategy to End Corruption
Politicians are supposed to represent us. But most Americans have a near-zero impact on public policy.
America’s corrupt political system is a complex problem. The American Anti-Corruption Act is a comprehensive solution.
Bring conservatives and progressives together to pass Anti-Corruption laws in cities and states across America.
Corruption is Legal in America
Professors Martin Gilens (Princeton University) and Benjamin I. Page (Northwestern University) looked at more than 20 years worth of data to answer a simple question: Does the government represent the people?
Their study took data from nearly 2000 public opinion surveys and compared it to the policies that ended up becoming law. In other words, they compared what the public wanted to what the government actually did. What they found was extremely unsettling: The opinions of 90% of Americans have essentially no impact at all.
Unbreaking America: Divided We Fall
Our government is broken, and we have to fix it. In this short film, Michael Douglas and RepresentUs Co-Founder Joshua Graham Lynn break down how our political system has been hijacked, why it encourages division and vilifies bipartisan cooperation, and why it’s made Congress so dysfunctional that they can’t even pass the most basic laws to improve the lives of Americans. It’s not all doom and gloom. They also layout the plan to fix our broken political system, and the best part: It’s already working. RepresentUs members have already helped win more than 100 victories nationwide, but to bring about lasting systemic change, we need more people to join this movement.
VA History & Failures
Veterans care in America gets a pretty bad rap. While the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is rooted in noble intentions, it has been plagued with controversy for years. The VA has faced reports of excessive and contradictory spending, allegations of inadequate health care, a massive backlog of benefits claims and a secretary position that nobody can seem to hold down. But it hasn’t always been this way. The agency was elevated to federal administration status in 1930, with the intention to honor and care for the men and women who served in battle. Since then, the U.S. has been involved in a growing list of military operations, including a 17-year-long war in Afghanistan. The VA is struggling to keep up as the need for veterans care continues to mount. Some veterans can’t get to care centers because they live so far away. The VA’s Office of Rural Health is working to address the problem through solutions like Telehealth and transportation services. Other veterans are facing wait times of months, or even years, just to get an appointment at their VA care center. But the VA as a whole is still facing a long list of problems. The benefits claims process for veterans is a bit like a game of legal “Chutes and Ladders.” “Veterans have heard stories, but a lot of them are surprised when they encounter the VA,” said Jim Vale, assistant director for claims at the American Legion. “The most important thing is to be represented.” Fixing the VA isn’t a partisan issue. It’s not specific to one demographic group or geographic region. Every U.S. representative has a veteran in their district, and nobody wants to be on the wrong side of it.