Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America
September 21, 2018: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Co-Hosted with Harvard Business School Club of Chicago: WHY COMPETITION IN THE POLITICS INDUSTRY IS FAILING AMERICA
A STRATEGY FOR REINVIGORATING OUR DEMOCRACY
320 South Plymouth Court
Katherine M. Gehl, former CEO and political innovation activist, and Harvard's Michael E. Porter reveal how the U.S. political system is no longer designed to serve the public interest, and how it has been reconfigured over time to benefit our major political parties and their industry allies. Report lays out a strategy for reinvigorating our democracy.
Booth Alumni Club Members and their guests: $70/person
Non-Members and their guests: $90/person
Katherine M. Gehl (Speaker)
Katherine M. Gehl, a business leader and former CEO with experience in government, began, in the last decade, to participate actively in politics—first in traditional partisan politics. As she deepened her understanding of how politics actually worked—and didn't work—for the public interest, she realized that even the best candidates and elected officials were severely limited in a dysfunctional system, and that the political system was the single greatest challenge facing our country. She turned her focus to political system reform and innovation and has made this her mission.
Michael E. Porter (Speaker)
Michael E. Porter, an expert on competition and strategy in industries and nations, encountered politics in trying to advise governments and advocate sensible and proven reforms. As co-chair of the multiyear, non-partisan U.S. Competitiveness Project at Harvard Business School over the past five years, it became clear to him that the political system was actually the major constraint in America's inability to restore economic prosperity and address many of the other problems our nation faces. Working with Katherine to understand the root causes of the failure of political competition, and what to do about it, has become an obsession.