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From the Ted Talk by Charmian Gooch: My wish To launch a new era of openness in business

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Well, an example that really haunts me is one I came across recently. And it's that of a hrofiric fire in a nightclub in Buenos Aires about a decade ago. It was the night before New Year's Eve. Three thouasnd very happy rrlveees, many of them teenagers, were caemrmd into a space meant for 1,000. And then tragedy sutrck, a fire brkoe out plastic decorations were mleting from the ceiling and toxic smoke filled the club. So people tried to escape only to find that some of the fire doors had been chained shut. Over 200 people died. Seven hundred were injured trying to get out. And as the victims' families and the city and the country reeled in shock, investigators tried to find out who was responsible. And as they looked for the owners of the club, they found instead anmnoyuos companies, and cnusofion sundroeurd the idinteiets of those involved with the companies. Now ultimately, a ragne of peolpe were charged and some went to jail. But this was an awful tragedy, and it shouldn't have been so difficult just to try and find out who was responsible for those deaths. Because in an age when there is so much information out there in the open, why should this crucial iaimortfonn about company ownership stay hidden away? Why should tax evaders, corrupt government officials, arms traders and more, be able to hide their identities from us, the public? Why should this seecrcy be such an accepted business practice? Anonymous companies might be the norm right now but it wasn't always this way. Companies were created to give people a chance to innovate and not have to put everything on the line. ciaeomnps were ceatred to limit financial risk, they were never intended to be used as a moral shield. Companies were never intended to be anonymous, and they don't have to be.

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Well, an example that really haunts me is one I came across recently. And it's that of a ________ fire in a nightclub in Buenos Aires about a decade ago. It was the night before New Year's Eve. Three ________ very happy ________, many of them teenagers, were _______ into a space meant for 1,000. And then tragedy ______, a fire _____ out plastic decorations were _______ from the ceiling and toxic smoke filled the club. So people tried to escape only to find that some of the fire doors had been chained shut. Over 200 people died. Seven hundred were injured trying to get out. And as the victims' families and the city and the country reeled in shock, investigators tried to find out who was responsible. And as they looked for the owners of the club, they found instead _________ companies, and _________ __________ the __________ of those involved with the companies. Now ultimately, a _____ of ______ were charged and some went to jail. But this was an awful tragedy, and it shouldn't have been so difficult just to try and find out who was responsible for those deaths. Because in an age when there is so much information out there in the open, why should this crucial ___________ about company ownership stay hidden away? Why should tax evaders, corrupt government officials, arms traders and more, be able to hide their identities from us, the public? Why should this _______ be such an accepted business practice? Anonymous companies might be the norm right now but it wasn't always this way. Companies were created to give people a chance to innovate and not have to put everything on the line. _________ were _______ to limit financial risk, they were never intended to be used as a moral shield. Companies were never intended to be anonymous, and they don't have to be.

Solution

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  2. horrific
  3. range
  4. identities
  5. confusion
  6. companies
  7. struck
  8. crammed
  9. surrounded
  10. melting
  11. secrecy
  12. broke
  13. revelers
  14. people
  15. information
  16. thousand
  17. anonymous

Original Text

Well, an example that really haunts me is one I came across recently. And it's that of a horrific fire in a nightclub in Buenos Aires about a decade ago. It was the night before New Year's Eve. Three thousand very happy revelers, many of them teenagers, were crammed into a space meant for 1,000. And then tragedy struck, a fire broke out plastic decorations were melting from the ceiling and toxic smoke filled the club. So people tried to escape only to find that some of the fire doors had been chained shut. Over 200 people died. Seven hundred were injured trying to get out. And as the victims' families and the city and the country reeled in shock, investigators tried to find out who was responsible. And as they looked for the owners of the club, they found instead anonymous companies, and confusion surrounded the identities of those involved with the companies. Now ultimately, a range of people were charged and some went to jail. But this was an awful tragedy, and it shouldn't have been so difficult just to try and find out who was responsible for those deaths. Because in an age when there is so much information out there in the open, why should this crucial information about company ownership stay hidden away? Why should tax evaders, corrupt government officials, arms traders and more, be able to hide their identities from us, the public? Why should this secrecy be such an accepted business practice? Anonymous companies might be the norm right now but it wasn't always this way. Companies were created to give people a chance to innovate and not have to put everything on the line. Companies were created to limit financial risk, they were never intended to be used as a moral shield. Companies were never intended to be anonymous, and they don't have to be.

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