Can the professions serve the public good?

About 50 years ago, the great Harvard sociologist Talcott Parsons wrote that the professions have: “become the most important single component in the structure of modern societies.” In an increasingly complex society do we need the professions more than ever in helping us to negotiate the world about us? Or conversely, at a time of […]

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Accounting academy: a bridge or just a gateway?

A simple Internet search should reveal about two million attempts to answer this question,: from idealistic and utopian to reasonable and pragmatic. Interestingly, most responses are not part of philosophical appreciations of education in society but quite often come from heated debates on the changes needed in education. While it seems there is a consensus […]

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Naivety has left the classroom

I can still clearly remember that one class at my alma mater, University of Chicago. The one class that profoundly challenged me and inspired me to look for more than just a degree from my studies. It was an introductory class in the public policy stream but, as often happens, the teacher made all the difference. The […]

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In search of the golden fleece

On 7 December 2012, we hosted our second AuditFutures assembly. Over 100 participants from diverse backgrounds came together for an open and honest debate about the future of audit and about rebuilding public trust in institutions. There is a vacuum in public trust, created by failing institutions. We often rush to be fill this space […]

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The Art Reserve Bank

In the heart of Amsterdam’s financial district, the Kunst Reserve Bank coins art to create awareness about the finance system. […]

The Story of the Finance Innovation Lab

I am really thrilled that during the weeks when media attention was on the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, we […]

Get direct debit from… your food waste

GSB reported on a South Korean company introducing an innovative waste collection and recycling/composting system that credits users’ bank account […]

Education for Sustainability

It is not difficult to argue that education is vital in sustainability. From individuals’ behaviour choices to business decisions to […]

Honey Laundering

Grist picked up a story today from the Food Safety News about an investigation showing that a third or more […]

UK Riots – A Lesson of Resilience. Or lack of it.

Unfortunately, there is no way you can avoid talking or at least thinking this week about the London riots. Without […]