The Greater Good Gathering is fast approaching. The program is coming together, and I hope we can count on seeing you there for a weekend of discussion on technology, change, the future of government and public policy, and how best to advance the greater good in the 21st Century. All we need is for you to complete your registration today. Reduced prices on rooms and meals end on Friday.
The conference will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, Friday evening, October 20, through Sunday lunch, October 22.
The panels and speakers include:
- Can Government Be Saved? A kick-off dinner discussion with an innovative former governor, a state finance director who found a unique way to partner with the private sector to build out a technology background, and the founder of Boston’s Office of new Urban Mechanics.
- The Future Of The Public Good. A leading national political spokesperson moderates a panel including a leading expert on technology and law, a specialist on American community, and a civic engagement social entrepreneur.
- Technology And Power: A History Of The Future. An historian will provide perspective on the rise and fall of nation-states and territorial governance, and one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers will take us forward into what technology means for the future of states and governments.
- Up-and-Coming Innovators. Over lunch, young social entrepreneurs will discuss the innovative social ventures they’re launching.
- Coffee With Kim: We will transition over lunch into talking about new models of social change with a coffee discussion between me and Kim Syman of New Profit, a social venture fund, about some of the new developments in both the social venture and for-profit worlds.
- Public Good Beyond The Public Sector. An array of for-profit and non-profit social innovators – bringing financing, insurance, educational and other opportunities to underserved populations – will discuss their efforts to harness market forces for the greater good.
- New Models Of Economic Empowerment. Saturday will conclude with a discussion of how to empower the economically disenfranchised in a market-driven world, including activists who broke new ground in labor organizing, in driving consumer pressure for better worker treatment, and in taking the civil rights movement into the 21st Century.
- A Networking Breakfast for tomorrow’s leaders to meet with today’s.
- Application & Illustration: Health Care. We will draw the conference themes together – the changing nature of democracy and public policy in the face of technological change, and the resulting emerging responses in not just the public but also the private and “third” sectors – through their application in a specific policy area: in this case, the issue dominating the US political system in 2017, health care. We will explore the role of government in health policy and how it’s playing out with Obamacare and beyond, delving into the intersection between public and private sectors, as well as the ability (and, in fact, increasing reality) of innovative, Greater Good-oriented insurers and providers – not just government – to drive these changes through the market. Panelists include the original directors of both national and Rhode Island Obamacare implementation, the leader of the state-level movement to provide Medicaid coverage to all, and private-sector health care innovators.
- Closing Discussion: A chance for all of us to talk together about how to move forward and next steps.
We need you there – but space is limited (and so is the time to register and get the lowest room rates).
Please let us know today that you’re coming: https://www.greatergoodgathering.org/registration
And don’t forget to reserve a room: https://www.greatergoodgathering.org/conference-fee-hotel.
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