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Event Report: Washington Ideas Forum (#IdeasForum) Highlights America’s Current Challenges
Posted By R "Ray" Wang On November 15, 2012 @ 04:06 In Amy Klobuchar,Andrew Ross Sorkin,Aspen Institute,Barney Frank,Bill Burton,Bill Gates,David Drummond,David Leonhardt,David Maraniss,disruptive,Disruptive Tech Life Cycle,disruptive technologies,disruptive technology,Douglas Holtz-Eakin,emerging technologies,enterprise strategy,event report,Henry Crumpton,Ideas Forum,James Bennet,Jennifer Psaki,John Dickerson,Jonathan Alter,Julius Genachowski,Katty Kay,Kevin Madden,Michael Porter,Newseum,R "Ray" Wang;,R “Ray” Wang;,Robert Kimmitt,Ron Suskind,rwang0,Software Insider,SoftwareInsider,Steve Case,Steve Clemmons,The Atlantic,Trevor Potter,Walt Mossberg,Walter Isaacson,Washington Ideas Forum | 3 Comments
Washington Ideas Forum Creates A Convergence Of Thought Leaders
Influencers in politics, academia, and business converge once a year at the Washington Ideas Forum to discuss the challenges and potential solutions America faces. This event held November 14th to November 15th pulled together over 1200 attendees and was sponsored by The Atlantic in partnership with The Aspen Institute and the Newseum.
The Day 1 morning sessions included a Post-Election outlook with:
Day 1 afternoon fireside chats included conversations with:
Day 2 morning fireside chats include:
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Working Group Highlights Seven Themes Impacting Policy Decisions In Disruptive Technology
As part of the event, a disruptive technologies summit convened the morning of the 14th. Moderated by The Atlantic’s President, Scott Havens, participants included influencers from Arnold, Brewster, Children’s National, CH2M Hill, FCC, Google, IMdB, KBS, MIT, National Science Foundation, Paper, Rose Park Advisors, Sony Music Entertainment, US Department of Energy, United Technologies, Washington Post. Amidst a lively discussion, seven clear themes emerged:
Figure 2. The #IdeasForum Flickr Photo Stream
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The Bottom Line: Policy Failing To Keep Up With The Rapid Pace of Change
The mindset gap between Washington policy makers and disruptive tech influencers continues to widen. As more and more disruptive technologies emerge, key policy makers fail to understand the ramifications of these shifts. The result – a disconnect between the investment required to create continued economic success and the policies required to move society forward. Instead of treating Silicon Valley and other entrepreneurial centers as rich ATM stops during campaign seasons, a more concerted conversation and development of deepr relationships would bridge the gap. One solution – create more frequent opportunities for interaction and updates in a “cross-cultural” exchange. Further, the creation of more think tanks such as Nigel Cameron’s Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET) should provide rich resources to shape policy makers going forward and help disruptive tech leaders understand how to work better with government.
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