Civil Debate, Public Engagement, and Events to Spark a Conversation
In 2011, BPC hosted more than 60 public events. While spanning a broad array of topics, each provided the spark for engaging conversation. 2011 events included:
- The Economic Policy Project presented a simulation of a systemic financial institution failure under Dodd-Frank. This simulation—held at the annual Buttonwood Conference and hosted by The Economist in New York City—addressed the unusually complex range of issues that would arise in the event of such a breakdown.
- The Energy Project’s Nuclear Power Initiative hosted two workshops—one to explore the “Lessons Learned from the Disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Plant” after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and one to examine “Effective Approaches for U.S. Nonproliferation Policy” as Iran continued its pursuit of nuclear capability.
- Working with the newly created, Tucson-based National Center for Civil Discourse, the Democracy Project sponsored the keynote panel at the 66th Annual National Conference on Citizenship at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.
- The Democracy Project created the “On Leadership” speaker series: a forum to explore the importance of leadership in today’s polarized political climate. Each event in the series examines a different facet of leadership through conversations with luminaries from various fields. The series kicked off with retiring Exelon CEO and former BPC Board of Directors Chair John W. Rowe.
- The Aspen Institute and BPC’s Democracy Project held a four-part roundtable discussion series, “Conversations on Civility: Making our Democracy Work.” The joint effort examined the breakdown of national civil discourse with guests including Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Cynthia Tucker, Governor of Delaware Jack Markell, and NPR and ABC News commentator Cokie Roberts, among others.
- The Redistricting Reform program launched with an open conversation with BPC Senior Fellow and Democracy Project co-chair Dan Glickman, The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake, Democracy Project Director John Fortier, and The Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman about the effects of partisan, incumbent-protected districts and the push for nonpartisan redistricting commissions.
- The Governors’ Council hosted a breakfast discussion— “On the Ground: State Leadership in Times of Crisis”—to examine disaster management, the importance of strong leadership in times of crisis, and the federal government’s response to disaster preparedness at a time of steep spending cuts.
- The Health Professional Workforce Initiative launched with a high-profile event featuring former Senate Majority Leader and BPC Senior Fellow Bill Frist, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Dr. Don Berwick, and Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration Dr. Mary Wakefield.
- One year after passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, the Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative hosted a roundtable conversation on early childhood health, federal feeding programs, and incentive programs.
- The Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative held a two-day healthy-institutions forum at the University of Miami to discuss improving nutrition at large venues—like hospitals, schools, and stadiums—and enhancing wellness at work.
- The Health Project, in collaboration with Seton Healthcare Family and the Texas e-Health Alliance, hosted its first Health Innovation Exchange as part of a conference in Austin, Texas, to discover local solutions to national health care problems.
- Former Secretaries Dan Glickman, Mike Leavitt, Donna E. Shalala, and Ann M. Veneman, co-chairs of BPC’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, to attend a roundtable discussion with local leaders on affordable and accessible physical activity programs for kids and families.