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, […]

Bribes, Compliance and Situational Ethics

“That’s not a bribe!” In a developing nation somewhere, an underpaid policemen struggles with a drunk and disorderly citizen. During the arrest, the policeman’s hand is cut. The next day, the policeman and the formerly drunken citizen reach an agreement. The citizen is charged with drunk and disorderly conduct, and he pays $5 to the […]

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.