Business/Economics

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?

Manifesto for a New Economy

James Gustave Speth, Dean, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, offers an analysis of America’s political economy that is unsparing in its critical examination of connections between the many ills the nation faces, from joblessness to environmental degradation to growing income inequality.

The Open Source Aircraft Project

John Nicol, the founder of MakerPlane, discusses the concept of open source in aviation, using both hardware and software technologies to help people build aircraft faster and safer. This lecture was recorded at the 2012 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.

The Future of Local Broadcasting

Tom Walker General Manager, MidWest Communications, talks about the future of local broadcasting, more specifically the electronic changes in radio communication.

The Future of Newspapers

Tim Kelley Digital Media Manager, Wisconsin State Journal, discusses the market trends, the business behind print media, and the current changes including consumer behaviors that need to be adapted for. He also gives examples of what is being done to move newspapers online.

The Wisconsin Economy and the Entrepreneurial Imperative

Jim Haney President, WI Manufacturers and Commerce, speaks about the state of the economy.

The Euro Crisis: Greece, Ireland, and the Future of the...

Mark Copelovitch, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at UW-Madison, explores the sustainability of a single currency in Europe. He discusses what keeping the eurozone together might entail and whether it is economically and politically sustainable.

Developing New Space: The Only Local Initiative - Ep. 660

Ruth Shelly, the executive director of Madison Children's Museum, discusses the museum's focus on using local people, using local products and using processes that involve the local community to create the new museum space.

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