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Welcome to the schedule for BBF 2016! Please note that with the exception of the following sessions (Life without Envy, The Art of Perspective, Writing with Risk, Sound Advice, and Lore), absolutely every session at the BBF is free, and no tickets or preregistration are required. Thanks, and enjoy your day!
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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 including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. He has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NewsHour, Today, Good Morning America, and Charlie Rose, and he delivered the 2010 TED Talk “Four Ways to Fix a Broken Legal System,” which has been viewed by almost 500,000 people. As an expert on a variety of topics and as senior counsel at the law firm Covington and Burling, LLP, he has advised companies, business leaders, and elected officials, including Vice President Al Gore and various governors. In The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government, Howard delineates the rule of law that paralyzes US leaders and takes away the freedom to make practical decisions that reflect the reality of our current goals and national priorities. It is a stirring and revealing look at governmental gridlock that Christopher DeMuth, Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute, says “has the potential to actually move politics out of its current stasis.”


More About The Rule of Nobody

Watch Howard’s TED Talk: Four Ways to Fix a Broken Legal System

Read Howard’s Articles for The Atlantic