Refugees, Failed Nations and Corruption

Refugees are, by definition, desperate, and bring with them ALL of the survival skills necessary for desparate families and communities when coming to unwelcoming lands. Many of those survival skills are criminal in nature – but necessary for survival when confronted with unwilling and unfriendly “first world” countries.

Social Media and Anti-Corruption

  There is a battle happening in Traditional and Social Media right now.  A battle for your mind. The battles attempt to define the reality of what is happening in Gaza and in Ukraine. Victory will go to the side that successfully convinces us what to believe is the “truth” in these countries. This same […]

Most of Us Work in Anti-Corruption

One way or another, most of us work in anti-corruption. As part of law enforcement, as government employees, as members of the private sector, community groups and even in families – at one time or another, almost all of us are involved in trying to make things better. My own journey in anti-corruption is not […]

Corruption Prevention and the Art of War

The Highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy’s plan. Sun Tzu The key idea in corruption prevention is . . . prevention. To stop something from happening before it can occur. Indeed, prevention is the heart of “anti-corruption.” This is discussed further in Gradients of Anti-Corruption and is depicted in the graphic above. […]

Decay of Social Agreements

Most corruption is well beyond “simple” violations of the law.  Corruption is the action of process of decay of something.  Criminal forms of corruption are violations of the written laws. Other forms of corruption erode away the foundations of the social agreements we make about how society should function.  For example, in the photo above, […]