The Common Good Forum, May 14th, 2015

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“Powering the Growth Engine” – 2015

The Common Good inaugural forum assembled some of the brightest thinkers in the US with a day of dynamic presentations on today’s complex economic and political landscape.
Leaders from many fields provided provocative discussions on the issues you want to know about – where we are today, where we need to go in the next 5 to 20 years, and how we are going to get there.  
Please enjoy our videos of each of our sessions:  Each of our speakers offered practical and insightful information on the global and national landscape essential for public policy or investment decision-making.  


SESSION (1) The New Economy: Death or Rebirth of Publishing in a Digital World?
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Tech and digital technologies have transformed the publishing world, forcing the closing of some long-revered newspapers and magazines, and slashing revenues, profits, and jobs at others. Here is one story of how a publishing company bucked the trend.

    • Mort Zuckerman, Co-founder, Boston Properties; Editor-in-Chief, U.S. News & World Report; Publisher, New York Daily News
    • Bill Holiber, CEO, U.S. News & World Report and New York Daily News
    • Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer of U.S. News & World Report

SESSION (2)  The New Economy: Keeping it “Made in America”
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Manufacturing was the economic engine that provided jobs and good wages for over a century. What can we learn about growing a vigorous U.S. economy from companies like Siemens USA, which, under the leadership of Eric Spiegel, continues to spearhead new approaches to manufacturing, or from Steve Rattner, who helped reorganize the auto industry?

    • Steve Rattner, Former lead adviser to the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry; Chairman of Willett Advisors

SESSION(3)  Lead Up to 2016 and Beyond: US Politics Now
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This panel provides a lively exploration of the issues, the events, and the leaders that will shape our politics in coming years. Will the key issue be “the economy, stupid” with concern about wage stagnation, jobs, and inequality? Will anti-government, anti-spending, anti-tax forces reign? How will frustration over Washington gridlock be addressed by voters? We look at the 2016 race and important trends we need to watch.

    • Margaret Hoover, CNN political contributor, host of SiriusXM’s daily show “Get It Right with Margaret Hoover”
    • Jim McLaughlin, President of McLaughlin & Associates; Republican political strategist and public opinion expert
    • Robert Zimmerman, Partner and Co-Founder of Zimmerman/Edelson Inc.; Political Analyst and Advocate; Democratic National Committeeman
    • Moderator: Dana Bash, CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent

SESSION (4) Storm Warning: Openings and Danger Zones
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How should the U.S. manage national security and foreign policy challenges – from growing instability in the Middle East to the emergence of ISIS; from cyber threats to an increased assertiveness in global corners, such as new tests of U.S. influence, and new arms races? Each of our panelists looks at the globe from their area of expertise, offers a brief overview, and discusses options to strengthen U.S. interests.

    • J.M. Berger, expert on extremism, Author of ISIS: The State of Terror; non-resident fellow with the Brookings Institution Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World
    • Robert Knake, Former Director of Cybersecurity Policy at the National Security Council
    • Karen Elliott House, Moderator and Panelist: Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and former managing editor at the Wall Street Journal

SESSION (5) Power Talk: Medical Revolution – Latest Advances in Stem Cell Research
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Stem cells have remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth, and, in many tissues they serve as a sort of internal repair system. Stem cell pioneer and renowned cloning scientist, Dr. Robert Lanza, brings us the good news on stem cell research as one of the most hopeful and powerful medical developments in modern times.

    • Dr. Robert Lanza, Stem cell pioneer and Chief Scientific Officer of Ocata Therapeutics
    • Introduced by Everett Cook, Co-Founder & Managing Director at Pouschine Cook Capital Management,LLC

SESSION (6) Global Opportunities & Challenges: Charting Growth around the Globe
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This panel focuses on the global economic environment and regional economic growth. Where is growth likely to come from? Is the U.S. still the major catalyst for growth? Will Europe hold? Is China slowing down? Are frontier and emerging markets still sources for great growth?

    • James Harmon, Emerging Markets Investor; Founder & Chairman of Caravel Management and Former Chairman of US Export Import Bank
    • Alan Patricof, Founder and Managing Director, Greycroft Partners
    • Zachary Karabell, Moderator and Panelist: economist and President of River Twice Research

SESSION (7)  Investing the People’s Money
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The responsibility for investing the people’s money at the state level is enormous. Our panelists oversee the investment of over $250 billion in assets. State pension funds must grow over time and yet be protected. What goes into the decision-making on how investments are made and funds allocated? What kind of investments make up the state portfolios? How are your investment partners helping to maximize return and protect the potential for the downside?

    • Jane Buchan, CEO, PAAMCO, a global investment strategy firm
    • Moderated by Omeed Malik, Managing Director, Emerging Manager Program, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


SESSION (8 )  Power Talk: Reinvigorating the American Dream
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The best test of America’s economic vigor is whether the middle class is doing well. Unfortunately, while a few Americans have done very well in recent decades, millions of middle-income families are struggling to get ahead or even stay afloat. Smart public policy can change that, and ensure all citizens share in economic success. The high stakes for both our families and our economy justify a bold new policy agenda that will make a vision of inclusive prosperity a reality.

SESSION (9) The Responsibility to Protect : National Security Challenges
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What keeps the national security experts up at night? What are the most serious threats to American homeland security? ISIS and foreign-based attacks? “Lone wolf” terrorists? Cyber attacks on government, individuals and business? Nuclear proliferation? How do we address these dangers? Can we balance public good and private concerns; privacy and security?

    • Introduced by Maurice Sonnenberg, Guggenheim Partners; advisor to five presidential administrations in the fields of foreign policy, international trade and finance

SESSION (10)  Secular Stagnation or Debt Supercycle?
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Why is economic growth slowing? Weak, post-Financial Crisis growth has been blamed by some on “secular stagnation” – a permanent lower growth rate caused by chronic weak demand that requires new approaches from the macroeconomic toolkit. Another view is that the advanced countries have experienced the “financial crisis/debt supercycle” that is relatively rare in modern day advanced countries but was common before WW II and is still common in emerging markets. The difference matters – both for policy and for predicting what comes next. Unlike secular stagnation, a debt supercycle is not forever, and ends when debt levels normalize, collateral values rise, and credit begins flowing more freely again. Economist Kenneth Rogoff explains whether we can expect growth trends to resume as the headwinds from the recession recede.

    • Kenneth Rogoff, former Chief Economist at the IMF; Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Harvard University
    • Introduction and Q&A by: Gillian Tett, Managing Editor and Columnist, Financial Times

SESSION (11) Investing in America’s Future: Inequality, Infrastructure & the Middle Class
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What advice would you give our current President (or the next one) to put the U.S. on the path to a vigorous economy with shared prosperity? Is the economy stalling? How can we address economic inequality, the hollowing out of the middle class, or wage and income stagnation? Can we grow jobs given disruption from globalization and technology advances?

    • Alan Krueger, former Chairman of the Council on Economic Advisors; Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University
  • Introduction and Q&A by: Gillian Tett, Managing Editor and Columnist, Financial Times

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