The Challenge for the 44th – Resources

October 24th, 2008

Whoever becomes the next president, he’ll be facing an economic crisis more threatening than any other since the Great Depression. Plus, he’ll inherit two wars, a degrading infrastructure and a declining global image. So this week we’ll try to find out what kind of leadership qualities and techniques are needed and what sort of policy challenges the next administration will have to confront. We’ll ask experts on public policy and leadership how the 44th President can begin to solve the pressing challenges of our time.

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Part 1: James Galbraith, Economist |Download MP3
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James Galbraith is an economist and the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and Professor of Government at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, he’s the author of “The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too”.

In the early 80’s, he was a congressional staffer, eventually becoming the Executive Director for the Joint Economic Committee.  He has been actively involved with issues of peace and justice, serving as Chair of Economists for Peace and Security and the Director of the University of Texas Inequality Project

Part 2: Peter Block, Leadership Consultant | Download MP3
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Peter Block is an author and leadership consultant based in Cincinnati, Ohio. His work has focused on leadership, community reconciliation and accountability.  In 2004, he won the Members’ Choice Award from the Organization Development Network, which recognized his book “Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used” (1st edition 1980, 2nd edition 1999) as the most influential book among organizational development practitioners over the last 40 years. His other books have included “Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest” and “The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work”
His books focus on ways to create positive workplaces and communities and bring change into the world through consent and connectedness rather than through mandate and force. Peter’s latest book, Community: The Structure of Belonging, was released in May 2008. He is also a partner in Designed Learning, a training company that offers workshops designed by Peter to build the skills outlined in his books.

Part 3: Lewis Pitts, Public Interest Attorney | Download MP3
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Lewis Pitts has been a public interest lawyer for over 32 years, focusing on racial and environmental justice, children’s rights and participatory democracy. He’s the Senior Managing Attorney of the Advocates for Children’s Services, a statewide project of Legal Aid of NC. He’s also a member of the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy. Lewis has appeared on Larry King Live and ABC’s Good Morning America discussing children’s rights and has been arrested six times (but never convicted) protesting nuclear power. He is the 2005 recipient of the W.W. Finlator Award from the ACLU.

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