Archive for Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium

Monday, January 26th, 2015

2015 Colloquium Theme Focus: Commercializing Impact Investing

Practical and Inspiring Thought Leadership

A graduate course and high-profile speaker series featuring leaders and practitioners working to provide solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Impact Investment is investment made with the intention to generate measurable social, environmental and financial return. Impact investing deploys multiple sources of capital – private, philanthropic and public to address pressing global challenges. Impact investing has the potential to unlock significant sums of commercial capital, but challenges to the commercialization of impact investing remain significant. The struggle, however, may shed light on how capitalism as we know of today can and will be transformed and leveraged for maximizing welfare and wealth creation. This course engages students with thinkers and practitioners in the impact investing sector who will share their perspectives and experiences in bridging the gap between commercial and impact investments, and explore and envision a better future.

Learn more: go.miis.edu/colloquium
Course Information: Register via Banner (IPMG 8593); 
2 or 3 Credit Option.

Timing and Location: March 12 – May 14, 2015 . Thursdays, 6-9pm, MG102

Featured Speakers

Sonal

 Sonal Shah, Former White House Director of Social Innovations
Sonal is Professor of Practice and the founding Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation. Sonal, an economist and entrepreneur, has spent her career focused on actionable innovation in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was the Deputy Assistant to the President and founding Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.
Follow Sonal on twitter: @SonalRShah

Robert
Robert Rubenstein, CEO of TBLI (Triple Bottom Line International)
Robert is a social entreprenuer and the founder and driving force behind TBLI (Triple Bottom Line Investing) Group, an organization that specializes in environmental, social and governance ESG and impact investing, using Triple Bottom Line principles.
Follow Robert on twitter: @tbli

Cynthia
Cynthia Muller, Senior Director at Arabella Advisors
Cynthia leads Arabella Advisors impact investing practice. She has an extensive background in social enterprise and mission investing includes connecting public policy, programs, and capital for emerging social innovations to increase economic opportunities for under-served and marginalized communities.
Follow Cynthia on twitter: @cynmull

Mike
 Mike Lin, CEO of Fenix International
Mike is a serial entrepreneur who previously founded an award-winning design firm, and B.MIMIMA, an eco-solutions company. He has consulted for Apple on climate change and environmental toxins and worked with Al Gore on the “Inconvenient Truth” presentation. Mike is a LEED accredited professional, a recipient of the EPA’s People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Award, Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award and BusinessWeek IDEA Award. Mike earned both his BS and MS in mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Follow Fenix International on Twitter: @fenixintl

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

GSIPM Colloquium Presents: Christopher Twomey, Assistant Professor at NPS, Wednesday, March 27!

The colloquium is a semester-long guest speaker series, bringing leaders and practitioners from all over the world to share their experiences in trying to solve some of the world’s toughest problems. Christopher Twomey, Assistant Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School will present on the topic of  The Role of Culture in International Security.

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Join us in MG100 on Wednesday, March 27 at 6pm! MIIS Community Welcome!

Learn more at go.miis.edu/colloquium.

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

GSIPM Colloquium Presents: Steve Clemons, Editor at Large at The Atlantic, on Tuesday, March 26!

The colloquium is a semester-long guest speaker series, bringing leaders and practitioners from all over the world to share their experiences in trying to solve some of the world’s toughest problems. Steve Clemons Editor at Large at The Atlantic and founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation will present on the topic of Managing Traditional Alliances.

http://www.aspenideas.org/sites/default/files/pictures/people/Steve_Clemons1.jpegJoin us in Irvine Auditorium on Tuesday, March 26 at 6pm! All welcome!

Learn more at go.miis.edu/colloquium.

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

GSIPM Colloquium Presents: Amy Hawthorne and Sophal Ear. Tonight in Irvine! All Welcome!

GSIPM Colloquium Presents: Amy Hawthorne and Sophal Ear on Wednesday, March 13 at 6pm in Irvine Auditorium. All Welcome!

Sophal EarSophal Ear, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School where he teaches courses on political economy and post-conflict reconstruction.

Amy HawthorneAmy Hawthorne is a Middle East expert with a particular interest in democratization in the region and U.S. relations with the Islamic world.

Friday, March 8th, 2013

GSIPM Colloquium Presents: Amy Hawthorne and Sophal Ear

GSIPM Colloquium Presents: Amy Hawthorne and Sophal Ear on Wednesday, March 13 at 6pm in Irvine Auditorium. All Welcome!

For more information visit go.miis.edu/colloquium.

Sophal Ear

Sophal Ear

Professor, Naval Postgraduate School

Lecture Topic:  Transition and Democracy-building

Amy Hawthorne

Amy Hawthorne

Consultant & Former Advisor, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Lecture Topic:  Transition and Democracy-building

 

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Steve Clemons Presentation scheduled for March 6 is Cancelled due to weather on the east coast!

Cancelled due to weather on the east coast! Stay tuned for an updated schedule!

Steve Clemons Editor at Large at The Atlantic and founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation will present on the topic of Managing Traditional Alliances at the GSIPM Colloquium.

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Wednesday, Feb. 19 Presentation by GSIPM Colloquium Guest Speaker Mark Valencia

Dr. Mark J. Valencia is an internationally known maritime policy analyst, political commentator and consultant focused on Asia. He was a Senior Fellow with the East-West Center for 26 years where he originated, developed and managed international, interdisciplinary projects on maritime policy and international relations in Asia. He has a M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii. Before joining the East-West Center, Dr. Valencia was a Lecturer at the Universiti Sains Malaysia and a Technical Expert with the UNDP Regional Project on Offshore Prospecting based in Bangkok.

Join us for Mark’s Skype presentation on Wednesday, February 20 at 6pm in MG 100!

For more info visit go.miis.edu/colloquium.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

GSIPM Colloquium Presentation by Joseph Cirincione Tonight in Irvine at 6pm!

Join us tonight, Wednesday, Feb 13 at 6pm at the Irvine Auditorium for the GSIPM Colloquium Guest Speaker Joseph Cirincione’s presentation on the topic of Nonproliferation Challenge of Old and New.

To access the live stream go here: http://go.miis.edu/cirincione!

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Monday, February 11th, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, Colloquium Guest Speaker Joseph Cirincione President, Ploughshares Fund will present on the topic of Nonproliferation Challenge of Old and New

MIIS and GSIPM Present: The Fourth Annual Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium “Evolving Global Security Challenges: From Traditional to Nontraditional Security Challenges”.

Wednesday, February 13, Colloquium Guest Speaker Joseph Cirincione President, Ploughshares Fund will present on the topic of Nonproliferation Challenge of Old and New.

To access the live stream for the presentation go here: http://go.miis.edu/cirincione or join us at the Irvine Auditorium at 6pm!

All inquiries regarding the GSIPM Colloquium or this particular lecture should be addressed to Professor Tsuneo Akaha at MIIS phone: 831-647-3564; e-mail: takaha@miis.edu.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

GSIPM Colloquium on Emerging Markets to Welcome Distinguished Experts and Practitioners to the Monterey Institute

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about emerging markets from experts coming from around the world!

Speakers include:

Shigeyuki Abe, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan – February 16

        Emerging Markets and Integrated Production Networks in Asia: Japan, Thailand and More

Martín Grandes, Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina – February 23

        Capital flows to low-income countries

Faizel Ismail, South Africa Delegation to the WTO – March 1

        Developing countries in global trade governance

Joshua Aizenman, UC Santa Cruz – March 8

        Financial liberalization in emerging markets: do the benefits justify the risks?

Philip Martin, UC Davis – March 15

        Emerging markets as sources, recipients and conduits for international migration

Pranab Bardhan, Professor, UC Berkeley – March 29

        Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay: Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India

Eduardo Viola, Instituto de Relações Internacionais Universidade de Brasília – April 5

        BRICS and global climate change negotiations

Soumitra Dutta, Cornell University – April 13

Talks are open to the MIIS community and will be held  in MG 102 from 6-8pm.

 

Colloquium Course Description: IPOL 8593 – GP&S Colloquium:EmergngMarkets

In the past two decades, emerging economies—including, but not limited to, the celebrated “BRICS” (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). This course will take on, and contribute to, debates surrounding these emerging markets. How have they become the darlings of international capital markets, regional economic and political leaders, and the brightest lights in a gloomy global economic landscape? Along with this rapid economic growth, these same countries are also experiencing dramatic social changes, environmental problems, political transitions and foreign policy frictions.

How can these growing pains be effectively managed? Today’s global challenges often require global solutions and a small number of developed countries ( such as G8) can no longer effectively coordinate policy solution to address global crises, including economic recession, financial crisis, and climate change negotiations. As such, the G20, including a number of the emerging economies in its membership, has risen to prominence as a new forum for global governance. The experiences of these countries also offer an opportunity to think about larger questions of global order and national development.

What constitutes power in the global political economy and how is it/should it be/is it beginning to be (re)distributed? How can state and market work together to generate equitable and participatory growth? How should the BRICS and other emerging economies be factored into the 21st century’s policy challenges, such as climate change or reworking international financial institutions after the recent economic crisis? What do the experiences of the emerging markets mean for the many people who still lack access to the fruits of such growth— including over a billion citizens of these countries themselves?

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Spring 2012 GSIPM Colloquium: BRICS and Beyond to Bring Renowned Experts to MIIS

In the past two decades, emerging economies—including, but not limited to, the celebrated “BRICS” (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) have entered the spotlight. This course will take on, and contribute to, debates surrounding these emerging markets. How have they become the darlings of international capital markets, regional economic and political leaders, and the brightest lights in a gloomy global economic landscape? Along with this rapid economic growth, these same countries are also experiencing dramatic social changes, environmental problems, political transitions and foreign policy frictions. How can these growing pains be effectively managed?

Explore these topics under the guidance of expert MIIS faculty and visiting speakers every Tuesday and Thursday 6pm-8pm in MG102! Course CRN: 20074

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Nation Building Colloquium: Distinguished Fellow Dr. Derick Brinkerhoff

Come join us as MIIS hosts Derick Brinkerhoff, a Distinguished Fellow in International Public Management at RTI International. Dr. Brinkerhoff will highlight his career work with management issues in developing and transitioning countries focusing on policy analysis, program implementation and evaluation, and democratic governance.

The ultimate goal of the colloquium is to create environment for students to broaden and deepen their knowledge and to acquire a more holistic understanding of nation building. Through this we will explore key international policy issues – including capacity development, humanitarian relief, rule of law, democratization, post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction, private sector development, and state building – are related and connected.

When: Wed, March 30, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: MG 100
Please RSVP with NBC.MIIS@gmail.com to reserve a seat.

Friday, January 28th, 2011

GSIPM Announces Spring 2011 Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium on Nation Building

What: This semester our Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium series at MIIS focuses on the topic of nation building.  The Colloquium is a series of lectures from leading experts on a given topic.  What have we learned from nation building experiences undertaken in both post-conflict and peaceful contexts?  What works, what does not work, and why?  The colloquium is organized around a series of lectures by leading experts specializing in one or more dimensions and cases of nation building.  

Who: The colloquium is also a unique opportunity for students from different fields because it intends to help students understand  how key international policy issues – including capacity development, humanitarian relief, rule of law, democratization, post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction, private sector development, and state building – are related and connected. 

First Speaker:  On February 9 from approximately 6-8:50pm in MG 100,  Ambassador James Dobbins,  will present on “Lessons from the US, Europe’s and UN’s nation building efforts.”  Ambassador James Dobbins is the top expert in NB in the world, Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND think thank.
Here is how Kofi Annan referred to Amb. Dobbins’ expertise:

Course: This colloquium can be taken as a seminar for 2 or 4 credits depending on the amount of assignment students wish to commit to.   Details available in the syllabus.   We highly encourage students to sign up for this seminar and take advantage of this opportunity to engage leading experts on different aspects of nation building.

RSVP for Public Events: In addition, the individual talks of the speakers are open for MIIS community and public.  Please note that the seats are limited so send your RSVP to the session you are interested in to nbc.miis@gmail.com in advance.

Friday, May 7th, 2010

The Future of Carbon Markets

Mark your calendar for a cutting edge presentation on the future of carbon markets as part of the first Graduate School of International Policy and Management Global Problems and Solutions Colloquim Series!

Who: MIIS students, faculty, staff and the general public
When: Monday, May 10th, 2010; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Irvine Auditorium

The challenges of disruptive climate change, energy security and dwindling fossil fuel reserves are encouraging the development of new innovative sources and policies for future energy use.  Among many other notable developments stands the carbon market.  With all its intended purposes, evolving mechanisms and potential consequences to the global economy, carbon markets have attracted the attention of policy and management scholars and practitioners.

A team of GSIPM students have spent the last few months studying with dozens of carbon market experts and developing scenarios about the future of carbon markets.  They will present their intriguing stories to the MIIS community and general public.  Much is being researched and written about carbon markets.  Join us for an evening of thought provoking discussion and presentations designed to explore the carbon market…

  • Will carbon markets grow and prosper?
  • Will they spur the de-carbonization of the global economy and thereby help save the Earth?
  • Who will be the winners and losers in a world with a carbon market?