Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Carnival of Ethics, Values and Personal Finance - Girls Scout Cookie Edition

Welcome to the February 7, 2008 Edition of Ethics, Values & Personal Finance.
I am excited to be editing my first blog carnival. Shout out to Penny Nickel who has diligently been driving this carnival since its inception. Since the carnivals have helped to connect me to others interested in E,V, &PF, and have brought me readers, I figured it was about time for me to step up to the carnival plate. Thanks to all the contributers who raise interesting questions and perspectives.
Seeing Girl Scouts selling their wares this week gave me a theme - everything we need to know about Ethic, Values, and Personal Finance we learned in Girl/Boy Scouts, right?

A favorite among these great offerings is a short post asking about the ethics of the Congressional Stimulus Package: Dollar Frugal presents Ethics: The Stimulation Package posted at Dollar Frugal. The government is giving us money to stimulate the economy -- i.e. spend! What if you think the best thing to do with gift money is save or pay off debt?! I that ethical? I wrote about the same issue, with a meta-question: why is consuming a good thing? here at MoneyChangesThings. Girls Scouts do not waste!

And Feminist Finance presents a scary but important area: wombs for rent. The Outsourced Uterus . What are the ethical and financial implications of outsourcing gestational surrogacy to women in India? This was not discussed in Girl Scouts....

Values & Conscious Consuming

David B. Bohl presents Conflicting Desires: Knowing That We Have Enough vs. Always Wanting to Better Ourselves posted at Slow Down Fast Today!, saying, reviewing the basic precept that "better" does not equal "more". Cultivating appreciation instead of greed helps you recognize that having enough is pretty awesome.

Beth Dargis presents Is Your Commute Worth It? posted at My Simpler Life - Simple Living. Rethinking either your job or your residence, so you cut down on your commute, is a great strategy.

Big Cajun Man presents The High Price of Green posted at Canadian Personal Finance Blog, saying, "It's not easy being green, and in Ottawa it's quite expensive too!" For the time being, the consumer is often stuck paying the bills for responsible end-of-product disposal.

Business Ethics & Social Responsibility

Fred Black presents Honesty posted at Fred Black: Internet Business Blog.. It still pays to be a good Boy Scout.

Personal Finance Claims presents Courts To Decide The Legality Of Punitive Bank Charges posted at Personal Finance Claims. British bank customers may have their claims answered. It pays to fight, if you're taken advantage of by a bank. Girls Scouts pursue justice!

Leon Gettler presents CSR, creative capitalism and the recession posted at Sox First, saying, "What's the future of corporate social responsibility? That's the unanswered question with the prospect of a bad US recession looming, threatening to take the world with it. Will companies continue to embrace it when they are battling for survival? Or will changing market conditions redefine corporate social responsibility." He also blogs about Google's reshaping philanthropy saying, "Google is reshaping philanthropy by treating it as an exercise in venture capitalism. But by investing in companies it raises questions about competition."

Writers Coin presents Is Advertising on a Personal Finance Blog Bad? posted at The Writer's Coin, asks "Is having ads on a site that claims to "help" people an unethical proposition?". This one hit home, since I've just added adds to my blog....

Giving/Philanthropy

Matthew Paulson presents 4 Reasons to Become a Generous Giver posted at American Consumer News. He points out that when you give, you receive. Basic, but so true! Unfortunately, when you're an adult, you don't generally earn badges for goodness.

Hung Nguyen presents Micro Lending: Socially Responsible Investing posted at Meaningful Issues in Today's World, analyzes Kiva.org touching on the ethics of charging interest to poor people and how important transparency is when investing/lending out money. [Grameen Bank charges 20% interest, with slight variations for different types of loans. This is much lower than the alternative for poor people, loan sharks.]

Sustainable Responsible Investment and my super posted at Fit Cat, tells Austrailians how to invest for retirement using a certified Sustainable Responsible Investment option which employees can voluntarily contribute to.

Personal Values and Priorities

Dorian Wales presents The Personal Financier: What is the Economic Value of Happiness? posted at Personal Financier. How do economists measure happiness? French economists plan to factor in quality of life.... Viva la Francaise!

The Good Tax Helper presents Don't Forget: Freedom Ain't Really Free posted at TAX FACTS, saying, "A short reminder to put paying taxes in perspective." Yup, much as we hate paying taxes, what would our society look like without them? Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts are good citizens!

Steward presents My Family's Money: Ethiopia, Equality, and the Principle of Fairness posted at My Family's Money, saying, "This post tries to deal with the issue of how you determine how to treat your children by looking at issues facing the world's poor and finding a rule that would work universally for all individuals, not just rich Americans."

MISC

Raymond presents My Super Sweet 16 - Messing Up and Spoiling Kids For The Next Generation posted at Money Blue Book. This review of a TV show finds it vulgar, consumerist, and also entertaining. Hmmmm. I don't think this show is endorsed by The Girl Scouts of America.

BeThisWay presents The Forgotten Foreclosure Victims: Pets posted at Are You Going To Be This Way The Rest of The Time I Know You?, saying, "The sub-prime mortgage crisis has many victims - including people's pets.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of ethics, values & personal finance using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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2 comments:

Funny about Money said...

This is great! I didn't know there was an ethics, values, & PF carnival.

Great selection of posts. Thanks! --vh

fitcat said...

Thanks for including me! I loved reading the other posts in there too. :)