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Aspen In New York: Capitalism and the Future


What will the American economic system look like in the next 10 years?
Who are the innovators currently at work shaping that new future?
Is a new corporate model emerging?


On November 3 and 4, 2009, the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, in partnership with the New York Public Library and Bloomberg Television, presented the first in a series of yearly public programs in New York City looking at business, society and leadership. Titled “Aspen in New York,” the series brought together provocative thinkers for conversations about issues that are on the public mind, with a particular focus on the role of business in society. For a detailed program agenda, please click here.

Indra Nooyi
Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Google

Niall Ferguson
Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor at Harvard Business School

Nassim Taleb
Nassim Taleb, scholar of randomness and risk, literary essayist, and derivatives trader

Bill George
William George, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School

Fred Dust
Fred Dust, Partner and Practice Lead, IDEO

Damon Silvers
Damon Silvers, Associate General Counsel to the AFL-CIO and Deputy Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP

Carolyn Woo
Carolyn Woo, Professor and Martin J. Gillen Dean/Ray and Milann Siegfried Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business

David Blood
David Blood, Senior Partner and Co-Founder (with Al Gore), Generation Investment Management

Robert Kaplan
Robert Kaplan, Senior Director of Goldman Sachs Group, Senior Advisor to Berkshire Partners, LLC

Lynn A. Stout
Lynn A. Stout, Paul Hastings Professor of Corporate and Securities Law at UCLA Law School

Pamela Passman
Pamela Passman, Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Corporation

Judy Woodruff

Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer

James Kowalski

James Kowalski, Dean, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

Richard Trumka

Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

Matt Arnold

Matt Arnold, Principal, Sustainability and Climate Change, PricewaterhouseCoopers

The program on the evening of November 3rd turned from the causes of our current economic crisis to fresh thinking that is emerging from its challenges to U.S. businesses and society. How are those challenges shaping the thinking of America’s most innovative business leaders? Will these cutting edge businesses become the model for the corporation of the future? What will that new corporation look like and how will it interact with the communities in which it operates? These are among some of the provocative questions that were explored in an evening of public conversation about “Capitalism and the Future.”

Bloomberg Television, Aspen’s media partner for the two days, broadcast the programs, and hosted the second day’s sessions at its corporate headquarters in New York.

Topics discussed on Day 2, November 4th included: social innovation and sustainability, the relationship between beliefs and business, new forms and rules for capital, and the changing relationship between Washington and Wall Street. These 75-minute face-to-face sessions were moderated by leading journalists.

The first day of programming on Tuesday, November 3rd began at 7 pm. The second day of programming on Wednesday, November 4 ran from 9 am to 4 pm. Click here to see a detailed agenda of November 3 and 4.


Watch video. On November 3 and 4, the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, in partnership with the New York Public Library, present the first in a series of yearly public programs in New York City looking at business, society and leadership.

Event information
Tue Nov 3, 2009 - Wed Nov 4, 2009
12:00am - 12:00am GMT+0000
New York, NY, United States