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.

Punishment, Whistle Blowers and Anti-Corruption

Punishment as a Behavior Modifier If you read this blog, you know that I focus heavily on prevention of corruption and decay of organizations over investigation and prosecution. I believe that investigation and prosecution are critically important, but are fundamentally incomplete as anti-corruption tools. We understand this from our everyday experience. Let’s take the traffic […]

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, […]

Fear, Social Media and Anti-Corruption

When I write about the role of social media and anti-corruption I typically get a couple of types of responses. Group 1.   Social Media is Chaos This group contains people who are concerned about the undisciplined and seemingly ungovernable nature of social media.  It is, in the view of some of my colleagues, a dangerous […]

How to Strengthen Corruption Prevention Through Mid-Level Management

Politicians Talk About Corruption – Brian Pinkowski Leadership sets the example. It’s as true in the leadership of Nations and corporations as it is in the leadership of small government departments. Where leadership abuses or misuses the authority of their position, the entire organization decays beneath them.

Integrity Standards, Awareness and Cultural Standards

  In an interesting discussion about the possibility of a “Global Integrity Standard,” a friend of mind offered the following touch of realism: “Focussing on getting a better codification of an integrity standard is not without merit, especially when there are either – cultural issues which can confuse agreement on what are breaches of acceptable […]