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.
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.