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 […]

Tales from the Wild: “You give me 30% and I’ll make sure our government partners get their share.”

“You give me the 30% of the deal, and I’ll make sure our government partners get their share.” Excuse me? You’ll do what? If you work internationally, you will invariably find that people don’t understand the FCPA, and don’t understand what they are asking. I’ve heard it for matters as small as a “cup of […]

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, […]

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.

Social Media in the Fight Against Corruption

Social media offers a tool for everyone and anyone to increase the transparency of actions that people and governments would otherwise hide.  Traditional media, while it can be quite effective on occasion, has some fundamental obstacles to being an effective tool to fight corruption now and in the future.  “The media is too concentrated, too […]