Tag Archives: Ethics

Innovation vs. Ethics: The road to hell is paved with good intentions

  Mary Shelley’s 1818 depiction of Victor Frankenstein and his abomination has become synonymous with the creation of monsters since, both literally and figuratively. Innovations often take on lives of their own, independent of their innovators’ wishes and intentions, and though perhaps created with the best of intentions, the old adage is that “the road to hell is paved with ...

Read More »

High Moral Values and Innovation

In 1959 Nils Bohlin, an engineer at the Swedish Car Manufacturer Volvo, invented the first three point safety belt. It was much more effective than the standard lap belt (as still used on airplanes). Volvo, realising the importance of this invention, chose not to patent it but to share the idea with other vehicle manufacturers. They may have lost some revenues but their action undoubtedly saved many lives and it cemented Volvo’s reputation as a highly ethical company committed to safety.

Read More »

Innovation and Aristotle's Ethics

Could Aristotle’s framework for ethics offer us insights for how to catalyze innovation? Two concepts from the ancient Greek philosopher seem immediately relevant: the idea of practical action as a means for cultivating character, and the notion of achieving excellence through balance. Each is explored, with examples.

Read More »