The Greater Good Gathering: Technology, the Economy, and the Greater Good

February 6–7, 2020
Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
New York, NY

Over the past three years, the Greater Good Gathering has brought together technologists, academics, entrepreneurs, journalists, and government officials from across the country to discuss how technological change is affecting government, society and the economy in this annual conference.  The goal is to help create innovative answers to how individuals and institutions can advance the “greater good”—through the public, private and non-profit sectors— in this changing environment. Everyone interested in technology, the economy, politics and government, or the future should plan to attend.

This year’s conference also will be the culmination of “Greater Good” conversations involving average citizens at City College of New York, Union Theological Seminary in New York, the Pardee RAND Graduate School in Los Angeles and across Iowa in the run-up to the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses at Buena Vista University, Simpson College, Drake University, and the Cedar Rapids Public Library.  

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Panelists

A partial list of confirmed participants for the 2020 conference includes:

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning Columbia University economist, former chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisors, former vice chair and chief economist of the World Bank, named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, author of Globalism and Its Discontents.

Vijay Modi, Columbia University Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director, Infrastructure Programs, UN Millennium Villages Project.

George Friedman, geopolitical forecaster and strategist, founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures, author of the forthcoming, The Storm Before the Calm: America's Discord, The Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and The Triumph Beyond.

Ro Khana, Silicon Valley congressman, former economics professor at Stanford, author of Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America’s Future, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce.

Marina Gorbis, executive director of Silicon Valley's Institute for the Future, author of The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World.

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly.

Kenneth Rogoff, Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Harvard, former Chief Economist at the IMF, and co-author of This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly.

Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, co-founder of Veniam, author of Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism.

Malcolm Frank, President of Cognizant Digital Business, and author of What to Do When Machines Do Everything.

Christopher Sealey, President and Co-Founder, CoverUS mobile healthcare-data app, and founding general partner, Chain Link crypto asset hedge fund.

Jack Markell, former Governor of Delaware, Chairman of the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative's National Advisory Council.

Tom Vilsack, former US Secretary of Agriculture.

Thomas Edsall, author, New York Times columnist, and Columbia professor.

Amy Dean, Fellow at The Century Foundation, labor activist, co-author of A New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement.

Arun Sundararajan, Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences at the Stern School of Business, New York University, and author of The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism.

Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for National Review, columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, and visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Daron Acemoglu, MIT economist, author of Why Nations Fail and the forthcoming paper, "Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and Work."

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