CONVERSATION STARTERS ON ETHICS AND FINANCE
There’s been a loud silence these years since the economic downturn of 2008 — the space where leaders of the financial industry might have weighed in on the human and moral reckoning of that turning. But it’s true, too, that the stark language of victims versus villains of recent years has not invited some of the very voices we need into robust civic reflection. A frank public conversation with leaders in finance — on ethics in the present and future of their industry.
VOICES FROM THE CONVERSATION
What does restoring trust between the financial industry and the U.S. culture look like?
Can banks be good citizens?
How can we rediscover the balance of doing good and good business?
How do we work on the right financial laws that have input from the community, from research, and firms themselves?
How do you get performance over time that's consistently good and built on relationships?
from the Repossessing Virtue Project
In late 2008, we began an exploration of the spiritual and moral aspects of the economic downturn and flaws that have been exposed in financial systems. Online and on air, we generated a challenging, edifying, cross-cultural conversation called Repossessing Virtue. We continue to look for fresh thinking and language for talking about what has happened and why — not just in terms of financial tools and strategies but in terms of personal conscience and values. We're looking for practical resources for individual and communal evaluation and renewal, moving forward from this crisis.