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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Porter on Progress – Hosted by SPI

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Session Description

Drawing on insights from the Social Progress Index, Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School will show how the United States’ current political rhetoric and surge in populism is a symptom of a model in crisis. The real and solvable problem is that economic development is not delivering social progress. Porter will connect the country’s underperformance on the Index with a legacy of flawed policies and practices, and share evidence and wisdom that can help government, business and civil society better meet people’s basic needs, provide a foundation of wellbeing and create opportunity for everyone to reach their full potential. As chief advisor to the index, he will make the case that it is balanced, data-driven solutions that will heal the divided nation, not more hyperbole.

This event is open to the public; please reserve your tickets in advance.


When | Where

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM Thursday, April 6 Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre

Session leaders

  • Michael Porter Speaker
    University Professor, Harvard Business School
    BSE (Hons) in Aerospace and Mech. Eng., Princeton Univ.; MBA (Hons), Harvard Bus. School; PhD in Business Economics, Harvard Univ. Bishop William Lawrence Univ. Prof., Harvard Bus. School. Authority on company strategy, the competitiveness of nations and regions, and strategic approaches to societal problems. Chairs Harvard Bus. School's progr. for newly appointed CEOs of multibillion dollar corporations. Adviser to business, government and the social sector. Active role in US economic policy. Founder: The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City; Center for Effective Philanthropy; FSG. Author of 19 books and numerous articles. Awards and honours.
  • Edith Chapin Moderator
    Executive Editor, National Public Radio
    Edith Chapin is the Executive Editor of NPR News. In this role, which she assumed in 2015, Chapin oversees all desks and reporters, and helps set the agenda for the entire News division. Previously, Chapin was the senior supervising editor of NPR's International Desk. She managed a team of correspondents based outside the United States committed to bringing listeners dynamic stories of the world's people, politics, economy, and culture. Chapin's work has been recognized with the journalism industry's highest honors including a 2005 George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina, a 2005 Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Award for CNN's coverage of tsunami disaster in South Asia, and a 1997 Cable ACE award for extended breaking news coverage of Rwanda and Zaire. Chapin contributed to Covering Catastrophe (Bonus Books, 2002), a book recounting the events of 9/11 in an oral history format. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations sits on the board of The Masters School. She holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.