Government, Business Ethics and a Simple Brain Boost

by Ginger Marin

I came across an interesting article about studying the use of brain mapping (an FDA-approved procedure) to enhance leadership skills in business executives.

I know a little bit about brain mapping.  It really is a fascinating technology that can pinpoint brain dysfunction at various levels.  After the mapping is done, a neurofeedback or neurodevelopment training program is then designed based on an individual’s needs.

The goal of the program is to boost the brain’s ability to perform better at different tasks. So it helps with cognitive function, memory and concentration and the brain’s processing/learning abilities.  It would be a useful tool for anyone concerned with optimizing brain function.

The idea that it could be used to enhance leadership skills in business executives is especially  enticing.  I can’t help but wonder if it could also boost ethics.  After all that’s the single most important thing many business execs lack or so it would seem these days.  It’s also the thing most lacking in government officials.

The more I read about brain mapping and neurodevelopment, the more convinced I am that everyone in government, in the banking industry and on Wall Street should be required to get their brains mapped, tracked and hammered into shape.  At least, then, maybe the rest of us would have a fighting chance.

This is not alien technology and there is no anal probe involved — just a few well placed electrodes around the head.  Certain people need all the mental help they can get, especially in this ongoing government-induced anti-intellectual, anti-common sense, rotten financial climate.  A simple brain mapping program seems to be an all gain and no brain drain event!   Maybe Congress can take up the issue as part of their health care reform bill debate.

Author Ginger Marin is an actor, freelance writer and storyteller.  You can also find her on Google+

Think Tank – A Ginger Marin Film

It’s “torture” by bingo in this kickass political satire where three women, who have kidnapped the President, give him a piece of their mind on some hot political issues. Stars Ginger Marin (as Diana), Anna Ommanney (as Jane), Melissa Martinez (as Alejandra), Preston Dupri (as “V”).


Three women activists from the secretive Think Tank have managed to kidnap the President and a member of Congress in order to instill in them a sense of accountability for their actions while in office.

The story begins in the Think Tank torture chamber which is really an empty Bingo Hall. The ladies are happily enjoying their American apple pie as the first victim, code-named “V”, as in “victim” and “vendetta”, is readied for his part in their great power play. On cue, the ladies approach the stage where V is on display.

DIANA, the group’s leader is a serious businesswoman. She’s had enough of all the banks’ mortgage and foreclosure fraud and Congressional insider trading. She approaches the leader of the “free” world, threatening him with her apple pie server while at the same time informing him that “we have your wife and daughters” and if he doesn’t do what she says, his whole family will be wiped out. Strong words for sure, but, Diana knows she obviously has to become one of those “special interests” in order to be heard. She goes on to tell V that he’d better put the fraudsters in jail “or else”.

After a short respite, JANE, a concerned school teacher, awakens V to new issues like job losses and the need for universal health care. She wants to be civil, sort of, but she can’t control herself. She has a wicked bingo card in hand, which she uses to good effect, before losing all sense and sensibility and leaping onto his lap to literally shake some common sense into him. V is left in a stupor.

Then ALEJANDRA goes at him. She’s an exotic dancer who cares more about animals and the environment than she does herself. “What about the polar bears and the walruses”, she innocently asks before intimidating him with a stuffed wolf pup and telling him this isn’t the “eighteenth century” anymore when slaughtering wolves was an acceptable practice, even though, in Alaska and a few other states, it’s apparently common. Finally, to drive home her point, she smacks him hard in the head before storming off stage, sobbing and spewing curses in Spanish.

After the ladies finish expressing their views, they regroup at the pie table and await their next victim. Who’s that second masked figure awaiting his fate?

Author Ginger Marin is an actor, freelance writer and storyteller.  You can also find her on Google+

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