Good Governance: Understanding the importance of ethics

first_imgFor many years, my focus was on ethics—particularly organizational ethics. As an undergraduate at Georgetown University, I majored in philosophy and minored in psychology. My father thought it was imprudent to follow such a course of study, but I persisted. In doing so, I studied many of history’s greatest thinkers and ethicists.I continued on to law school, immersing myself in the study of law and—ideally—justice. My favorite class was … yes, legal ethics. (Many of my law school colleagues were convinced something was seriously wrong with me.) I then decided to double down and became the first person to receive a master’s in law from Georgetown University Law Center with a concentration in legal ethics and professional responsibility.I went on to found a consulting practice called Ethics Inc. and then served as president of the Ethics Resource Center—the nation’s oldest, independent ethics research organization. I even had a license plate for my car that read “Ethics 1.” It’s safe to say, ethics was a really big part of my personal and professional life! 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more


Multigenerational living changing the way Gold Coast houses are built

first_imgInside the Southport house.He said care options for elderly parents might be too expensive so living together as a family was a cheaper alternative.He also said there was an “expectation issue” among younger generations, who wanted a three-bedroom house straight away instead of buying a smaller place first then upgrading in future as their parents did decades ago.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThat was leading children to live at home longer so they could save more money.Liz Francis built a second house on her Tallebudgera property so her mother could live with the family. Mr Molloy said the reduced cost of living was appealing to many homeowners and he believed it would become a more popular housing option.LJ Hooker Mudgeeraba agent John Fischer said many people were even letting some of their dual living spaces out, particularly as holiday rentals on Airbnb.“There are a lot of people looking for that extra income,” he said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 This Southport house at 26 Loweana St also offers dual living on a lower level. Mrs Francis’ home at 16 Tyalla Court, Tallebudgera. The second living space.“We decided there was no better place for her to be than with us,” she said.She said living in separate houses on the same block meant they could spend plenty of time together as a family while her mother remained independent.“It just meant that she was very incorporated in our every day activities,” Mrs Francis said.“It was special for her and special for us.”Hope Island Resort Realty agent Evan Molloy had noticed the increased demand for dual living properties. Inside the extra dwelling.“I’ve got three properties (on the market) at the moment that are dual living,” he said.“The waterfront one was built with that in mind – it’s interesting we’re seeing it in new builds.”He said some families were selling multiple homes interstate so they could buy a much bigger residence on the Coast that would accommodate everyone.“We’ve had a good amount of people looking specifically for that purpose, particularly interstate buyers escaping Sydney and Melbourne (markets).”MORE: Beach vs Hinterland 1. 8 Timberlea Court, Helensvale This Helensvale property at 8 Timberlea Ct has a second self-contained dwelling, which was once the shed. 4. 16 Tyalla Court, Tallebudgera Liz Francis built an additional house on her block so her mother could live with the family. Pictured with Samara Seth, 5, Amy Seth and Olivia Seth, 3, at home in Tallebudgera. Picture John GassLONG gone are the days parents push their children out of the nest as soon as they reach adulthood.The Gold Coast property market is adapting to allow children to live with their parents long after they have grown up.Leading property valuation firm Herron Todd White’s November Month in Review report found there had been a “strong shift” toward multigenerational housing on the Coast with more properties now accommodating three generations. FOUR DUAL LIVING GOLD COAST HOMES The second house Mrs Francis built on her Tallebudgera block.“Many dwellings are being converted to form secondary living areas or multiple dwellings on one property,” the report said.“Generally speaking, it’s the older members of the family moving into the secondary areas.”Herron Todd White director Tod Gillespie said affordability was the obvious reason behind the shift but there were many underlying factors contributing to the trend.“We seem to be seeing more dual occupant houses being built, especially in the acreage areas, for family reasons,” he said. Outside the Southport house. 2. 26 Loweana St, Southport MORE: Fisherman’s hut going under the hammer 3. 11 Wisteria Court, Tallebudgera Valleylast_img read more