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Saturday, October 15 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Start Making Sense: Solutions to Intractable Problems

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Why can’t we just cut through the partisan bull***t and apply a little common sense to our country’s problems?  The authors in this session bring a mountain of wisdom and credentials to bear in their efforts to do just that. James M. Stone, in Five Easy Theses: Commonsense Solutions to America’s Greatest Economic Challenges, proposes solutions to seemingly intractable issues like the affordability of healthcare and widening income inequality. Philip K. Howard, in The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government, faults a governing system that has replaced leadership with overly specific rules and regulations that are followed mindlessly by bureaucrats.  And MIT’s Zeynep Ton takes on the practice of companies investing too little in their employees in pursuit of profits in The Good Jobs Strategy. Join these thoughtful and articulate authors for a discussion of what makes sense with Shelley Metzenbaum, former Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in the Obama administration.

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Shelley H. Metzenbaum

Shelley H. Metzenbaum is a catalyst for better government and an independent consultant. As Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management at the US Office of Management and Budget during the first term of the Obama administration, she developed and led the federal government’s... Read More →

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Philip K. Howard

Philip K. Howard is the founder and chair of Common Good, a nonpartisan drive to enact legal reform and simplify government. His books includes the bestselling The Death of Common Sense, The Collapse of the Common Good, and Life Without Lawyers, and he writes for various publications... Read More →
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James M. Stone

James M. Stone is a business leader, esteemed economic thinker, and Founder and CEO of Plymouth Rock. Holding a PhD in economics from Harvard, he has previously served as the Massachusetts Insurance Commissioner and as chairman and commissioner for the US Commodity Futures Trading... Read More →
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Zeynep Ton

Zeynep Ton is an adjunct associate professor of Operations Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a former assistant professor at Harvard Business School. She is currently focused on examining how organizations can design sustainable competitive strategy and manage operations... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
BPL Abbey