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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.