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.
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.
Tom Walker General Manager, MidWest Communications, talks about the future of local broadcasting, more specifically the electronic changes in radio communication.
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.
Jim Haney President, WI Manufacturers and Commerce, speaks about the state of the economy.
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.
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.
Nancy Potter, founder of Potter's Crackers, shares her journey as an entrepreneur. She takes us through the challenges she faced as the former owner of the New Glarus Bakery. Potter discusses her Potter's Crackers venture with her son Pete and talks about her entrepreneurial family members.
Jacob Hacker, a professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University, explores the effects of the economic crisis and offers solutions for building a democracy that serves the interest of more Americans.
Jim Carras, senior vice president of McDonald's Corporation, explains the entrepreneurial values at McDonald's and how they are reflected in decisions about location and redesign.