I am suffering from ideological disconnect. I find myself with friends who (1) run a hedge fund, and (2) represent one of the world’s major publishing companies, known to many as a kind of evil empire. That, in itself, is a disconnect. But, beyond that, both of them are down-to-earth, thoughtful, caring human beings. Highly intelligent, too, but that goes without saying, I suppose. The villians on TV are highly intelligent. What I’m having to deal with now is that perhaps business, even big business, represents an opportunity for transformation. Certainly the fact that my friends are where they are, yet talking about “trust” and “ethics,” is something to be hopeful about.
About the Author: Karen Christensen
Karen Christensen is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, and scholar who writes about the many ways women have gained and wielded power. She is the owner and CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group, a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Press, a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations, and founder of the Train Campaign. Read Karen’s occasional dispatches from the frontlines of international publishing at the Berkshire Blog (or subscribe by clicking here) and follow her on Twitter @karenchristenze.
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