Business/Economics

Just How Much Energy is Out There?

Alan Carroll, Professor, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison, discusses how long our fossil fuel energy supplies will last, how much it costs to secure the energy, and the consequences of burning fossil fuels.

Understanding Your Energy Bill

Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait, Director, Wisconsin Public Utility Institute and Bruce Chapman, Senior Economist, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting, explain the charges on a line by line basis on electric bills. Braithwait and Chapman discuss the differences between electric co-ops and electric companies and how each arrives at their fees.

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.

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