Program on America and the Global Economy

Small Business is Big Business in America

January 10, 2014
Over the past years, the Wilson Center's Program on America and the Global Economy has held a series of conferences, meetings, and briefings that have focused on different aspects of the small business economy. In this report, Kent Hughes puts small business in the context of the American economy and the American innovation with a specific focus on federal initiatives, the sources of finance for small business, and the role of public-private partnerships in supporting small business.

Education in the Wake of Natural Disaster

January 10, 2014
Education in the Wake of Natural Disaster examines the successes and challenges of education reform in Haiti, before and after the earthquake that devastated the nation in 2010. Using two examples of success in systems impacted by natural disasters: post-earthquake Chile and post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans; Paul Vallas and Tressa Pankovits explore how lessons learned could be adapted and emulated in a country like Haiti that is desperate for reform, with over 50 percent of its population under the age of 18.

Innovation World: Brazil, Korea, Russia And the Race for the Future

December 05, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
The United States has been an innovation leader since the end of World War II as it took to heart Vannevar Bush’s 1945 report Science: The Endless Frontier. As the world entered the 2000s, more and more countries have focused on improving and building their own innovation systems. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, recognizing this trend, asked the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute to survey the innovation systems of Brazil, South Korea, and Russia and provide insights on current and future innovation trends. The talk will explore the complex set of factors that are brought to bear on countries’ industrial and innovation policies, and highlight the role of governance and culture underlying both successes and failures in innovation policies.

Public-Private Partnerships Powering Entrepreneurs and Innovators

November 01, 2013 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Public-private partnerships are a key source of funding and support for small business, public infrastructure, and aspiring entrepreneurs. The Honorable Jacques Gansler, head of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise at the University of Maryland delivered the keynote address followed by an expert panel on how small businesses and public entities can partner together and the mutually beneficial impact of these partnerships.

Small Business is Big Business in America

October 30, 2013 // 12:50pm — 3:00pm
Continuing with our focus on the critical importance of entrepreneurship to the American economy, on October 30, 2013, PAGE will host Jeanne Hulit, Acting Administrator of the SBA, to discuss public policies or private practices could increase the availability of small business financing in the future and innovative businesses that can drive future growth and prosperity.

Book Discussion: Banker to the World

September 26, 2013 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Banker to the World has been published in 2012 in Mandarin (Chinese), Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and in a separate English language edition for the South Asian sub-continent. Time is always against you in a crisis, notes Rhodes. The risks of the crisis spreading are always present. The key to containing and then managing crises rests in negotiating patience and tenacity, understanding the cultures of and the pressures on the negotiators, leading at key times, seizing opportunities, and knowing exactly when to close the deal….my experiences convince me that all crises can be managed—the more so if those who are called upon to assume responsibility seek to learn from the lessons of the past.”

Fulbright NEXUS Regional Scholar Program

September 18, 2013 // 8:30am — 4:00pm
The Fulbright NEXUS Program is a network of junior scholars, professionals, and mid-career applied researchers from the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations participating in a year-long program that includes multi-disciplinary, team-based research, a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience. Fulbright NEXUS scholars spend up to one calendar year engaged in projects in one of three broad, interrelated areas: Science, Technology and Innovation; Entrepreneurship; and Sustainable Energy. Beyond theoretical research, NEXUS aims to influence public policy in these areas.

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