《Course Lecture》The Future Changes by Professor Gideon Gideon, December 18, 2020
Gideon Lowey, the CEO of Scandinavian Design Consultant Co. Ltd. visited the class of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility’ and ‘Organizational Politics’ instructed by Dr. Ryan Brading on December 18, 2020 to share his in-depth knowledge of future changes with our students.
Professor Lowey first introduced the differences between the concept of ethos and ethics in a humorous way to start the lecture. ‘Ethics is for right and wrong, Ethos is for acceptable and unacceptable, and Morals is for good and bad. And to have a better future, we need to start developing a business Ethos’ he said. The theme is heavily based on talking about how human activity needs to have a balance between developing and protecting the environment. ‘If we borrow too much from the earth, we will have to pay back someday in the future.’ A very simple sentence points out the problem that we have nowadays with overpopulation and pollution along with the rapid civilization development. Many people know that we should protect the only Earth that we have (ethics) but in reality, a lot of big corporations give in to the potential profits (low ethos). In order to change that, Professor Lowey thinks it is important to plant the seeds in young students’ minds through education whenever there is a chance because the students might be future business owners hence to become game changer.
Throughout the class, Professor Lowey suggested a few interesting concepts such as Global Overshoot day and Industry 4.0 for circulate economy for students to brainstorm. He thinks the biggest challenge for a better future is neither technology nor function but culture is the biggest challenge because it affects our values, ethos and ethics fundamentally. He took Taiwan as an example in order to engage the student in the scenario. Having years of teaching experience, Professor Lowey showed his charisma and gave a fantastic presentation by interacting and challenging the students. Many students gave positive feedback on how much they learned and impressed by the content. To conclude, ‘what is good for us individually is not necessarily for us collectively’ Professor Lowey emphasized. Changing is not easy, but instead of doing the right thing, we should start thinking about how to do things right.’