Building Greener, More Equitable Businesses & Societies

THU, NOV 20, 2014 (1:27:53)

Learn how businesses can move toward greater sustainability, worker-owned cooperative businesses, and efforts to create better conditions for the workers who take care of the nation's seniors.

+ BIO: Ai-jen Poo

Ai-jen Poo is director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic workers’ convening, out of which formed the NDWA. As co-director of Caring Across Generations, Ai-jen leads a movement that is inspiring thousands of careworkers, parents,grandparents, grandchildren, and lawmakers to work together to ensure that all people can mature in this country with dignity, security, and independence.

Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, Working America, and the National Council on Aging. She is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and was named to TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. Other accolades include the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award, the Independent Sector American Express NGen Leadership Award, and Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women list.

+ BIO: Gar Alperovitz

Gar Alperovitz is a historian and political economist. He is the author most recently of What Then Must We Do?—a book about democratized economic institutions that suggest possibilities for transformative change. His most well-known historical works include The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and Cold War Essays. His political-economic books range from studies of localist economics (Making a Place for Community) and system-wide restructuring (America Beyond Capitalism) to theoretical work on distributive justice and technological change (Unjust Deserts). Alperovitz’s popular writings appear regularly in the New York Times, the Nation, and many print and online venues. A former Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge, and of Harvard’s Institute of Politics, he has served as legislative director in both Houses of Congress and as special assistant on UN matters in the Department of State. He is also co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, an institute developing democratic ownership strategies. This past July he stepped down as Lionel R. Bauman Professor at the University of Maryland to co-chair with environmentalist Gus Speth The Next System Project, a new initiative involving current and recent presidents of several of the nation’s academic associations, along with labor, environmental, and other activist leaders. Alperovitz has appeared as a guest on Meet the Press, Charlie Rose, The O’Reilly Factor, and numerous other television shows.

+ BIO: Andrew Winston

Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on how companies can navigate and profit from humanity’s biggest challenges. Andrew’s first book, Green to Gold, was the top-selling green business title of the last decade, selling over 100,000 copies in seven languages. Inc. magazine included Green to Gold on its all-time list of 30 books that every manager should own.

His new book, The Big Pivot, provides a practical roadmap to help leaders build resilient, thriving companies and communities in a volatile world. He is also author of the Harvard Business Review cover story “Resilience in a Hotter World.” His views on strategy have been sought after by many of the world’s leading companies, including Boeing, HP, J&J, Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, PwC, and Unilever. His earlier career included advising companies on corporate strategy while at the Boston Consulting Group and strategy and marketing roles at Time Warner and MTV.

Today, Andrew is also a highly respected and dynamic speaker, reaching audiences of thousands at high-profile events like TED with an entertaining message of practical optimism: the world’s challenges are great, but business has the tools, resources, and creativity to build a prosperous world. He received his BA in economics from Princeton, an MBA from Columbia, and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale.

+ BIO: Miles O'Brien

Miles O’Brien is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker and veteran journalist who focuses on science, technology, and aerospace. He has written, produced, and directed numerous documentary films for NOVA, FRONTLINE, and the National Science Foundation’s Science Nation series. In addition, Miles is a producer and correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and an aviation analyst for CNN.

For nearly seventeen years, Miles was a staff correspondent and anchor with CNN based in Atlanta and New York. While at CNN, he secured a deal with NASA to become the first journalist to fly on a space shuttle. The project was canceled, however, when Columbia and her crew were lost in 2003. Miles told the story of the disaster to the world in a critically acclaimed sixteen-hour marathon of live coverage. He is currently an at-large member of the NASA Advisory Council, offering strategic advice to the NASA administrator.

In 2014, a heavy equipment case fell on Miles’s forearm while he was on assignment. He developed acute compartment syndrome, which necessitated the emergency amputation of his left arm above the elbow. Despite the loss of his arm, Miles continues to report on the latest scientific field research from all corners of the globe, whether it be the melting Denali Glacier or the Ebola hot zone of Western Africa. Not one to let anything hold him back, Miles is an avid sportsman and enjoys physical challenges. Since his accident, he has ridden numerous “century rides” on his bicycle, run two marathons, and finished a triathlon.

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