Business/Economics

Be Awesome Without Their Permission

Alexis Ohanian, Founder, Reddit, author of “Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed,” shares his philosophy on entrepreneurship and the path he took to co-found Reddit, one of the most popular online, social news websites.

Biology, Business and the Brain

William A. Linton, Chairman & CEO, Promega Corporation, Fitchburg, reflects on his life, focusing on why he started Promega Corporation. Linton discusses the current relationship between the business, community and education. He shares his thoughts on the future of scientific research, involvement in the community and where his biotechnology corporation fits in.

Who We Are as a Nation: Sister Simone Campbell

Retired Wisconsin Public Radio Host Jean Feraca interviews Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director, NETWORK, about her religion, politics and the national debt, and the Nuns on the Bus phenomenon.

Leaders' Ways and Wisdom: Michael O'Halleran

Michael O'Halleran, Executive Chairman, Aon Benfield, looks at the history of the United States and the global economy from the 1970s forward. O’Halleran explains how and why globalization occurred.

Innovation for our Electricity Infrastructure

Dale Burmester, Manager, Economic Planning, American Transmission Company, provides an overview of where we can find the highest quality renewable resources in the United States and discusses the need for improved transmission infrastructure to deliver the resources to where they are needed.

Sustainable Capitalism

Daniel Oros, Partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, explains venture capitalism and its role in funding “green industries.” Oros discusses investments he has been involved with and what he has learned along the way.

From the Age of Abundance to the Age of Scarcity

Donald Worster, Hall Distinguished Professor of American History, University of Kansas, reflects on the question: is the age of abundance and infinite growth now coming to an end? Worster questions whether an age of limits and equilibrium, which may last for decades or centuries, has begun.

Gross National Happiness in the Kingdom of Bhutan

Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba, Minister of Works and Human Settlement, Bhutan, discusses using Gross National Happiness as an alternative to the Gross National Product. In addition to economic activity, the Gross National Happiness measures factors such as cultural integrity, conservation, governance, physical and mental health, community values and education in the small, mountainous country.

Small-Scale, Low-Impact, High-Satisfaction Economy

Juilet Schor, Professor, Sociology Department, Boston College, introduces ways of transforming our economy and society. An intrinsic aspect of this transformation is to provide high levels of human well-being and satisfaction while addressing poverty and other social issues.

A Nation of Moochers

Charles Sykes, Milwaukee talk show host and senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, asks the question--have we reached a tipping point where more Americans depend on the efforts of others than on their own?

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