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 occasional scholar who also writes about how women gain and wield power. She is the owner and CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group, a research associate of the Fairbank Center at Harvard, a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations, and founder of the Train Campaign. She was a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Press, Read Karen’s occasional dispatches from the frontlines of international publishing at Karen's Letter on Substack, and follow her on Twitter etc @karenchristenze.