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The Sharing Economy and The Public Good, Part 1

Who wins, who loses and what's destined to change if a sharing economy is sustainable: business, society or the state? This is a special 2-part event produced by IDEAS in partnership with The Munk School of Global Affairs. Featuring economic and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and...
Left to right: Jeremy Rifkin, Anita McGahan, Bob Rae and Janice Stein talking about the Sharing Economy and Public Good at Munk School of Global Affairs. (Photo credit: Greg Kelly)
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Who wins, who loses and what's destined to change if a sharing economy is sustainable: business, society or the state? This is a special 2-part event produced by IDEAS in partnership with The Munk School of Global Affairs. Featuring economic and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism along with a stellar panel of economic and political thinkers, including lawyer, mediator and political leader Bob Rae, economist and author Anita M. McGahan, and moderator Janice Stein, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs. Part 2 airs Friday, May 8.

** This episode originally aired on December 11, 2014.
 


Participants:               

Jeremy Rifkin is the bestselling author of twenty books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. His books have been translated into more than thirty five languages and are used in hundreds of universities, corporations, and government agencies around the world. On April 1st, 2014 Mr. Rifkin's published his latest book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism. In 2011, Jeremy Rifkin published the New York Times bestseller The Third Industrial Revolution, which captured the attention of the world. Mr. Rifkin's vision of a sustainable, post carbon economic era has been endorsed by the European Union and the United Nations and embraced by world leaders including Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President François Hollande of France, and Premier Li Keqiang of China. Mr. Rifkin is an advisor to the European Union and to heads of state around the world, and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, DC.
 

ProfessorJanice Gross Stein, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, is an internationally renowned thinker on conflict management and world affairs. Her analysis is regularly featured across Canadian media covering breaking developments around the globe, from military action in Eastern Europe to escalating conflict in the Middle East. Professor Stein's expertise is sought after by governments and foreign affairs specialists seeking council on negotiation, international security, and public education. As an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Professor Stein has been recognized for her outstanding contribution to public debate. She is member of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, and holds Honorary Doctorates of Laws from four universities.
 

Panelists:

Anita M. McGahan
Anita M. McGahan is Associate Dean of Research, PhD Director, Professor and Rotman Chair in Management at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She is cross appointed to the Munk School of Global Affairs; is a Senior Associate at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard University; and is Chief Economist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division for Global Health and Human Rights. In 2013, she was elected by the Academy of Management's membership to the Board of Governors and into the Presidency rotation. In 2014, she joined the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance. Her credits include two books and over 100 articles, case studies, notes and other published material on competitive advantage, industry evolution, and financial performance. McGahan's current research emphasizes entrepreneurship in the public interest and innovative collaboration between public and private organizations.


Bob Rae was elected eleven times to the House of Commons and the Ontario legislature between 1978 and 2013. He was Ontario's 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995, and served as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013. He is working now as a lawyer, negotiator, mediator, and arbitrator, with a particular focus on first nations, aboriginal, and governance issues. He also teaches at the University of Toronto School of Governance and Public Policy, and is a widely respected writer and commentator. An author of four books and many studies and reports, Bob Rae is a Privy Councillor, an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, and has numerous awards and honorary degrees from institutions in Canada and around the world.
 


Reading List

Books by Jeremy Rifkin  

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism, by Jeremy Rifkin, published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World, by Jeremy Rifkin, published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis, by Jeremy Rifkin, published by Jeremy P. Tarcher, 2010.

The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream, by Jeremy Rifkin, published by Jeremy P. Tarcher, 2004.

The Hydrogen Economy: The Creation of the Worldwide Energy Web and the Redistribution of Power on Earth, by Jeremy Rifkin, published by Jeremy P. Tarcher, 2002.

For more about Jeremy Rifkin, please go to his website


Books by Janice Stein

Innovating for the Global South, by Dilip Soman, Janice Gross Stein and Joseph Wong, eds., published by University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Sacred Aid: Faith and Humanitarianism, by Michael Barnett and Janice Gross Stein, eds., published by Oxford University Press, 2012.

Diplomacy in the Digital Age: Essays in Honour of Ambassador Allan Gotlieb, by Janice Gross Stein, ed., published by McClelland & Stewart, 2011.

The Credibility of Transnational NGOs: when Virtue is not Enough, by Peter Gourevitch, David Lake, and Janice Gross Stein, eds., published by Cambridge University Press, 2011.

The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar, by Janice Gross Stein and Eugene Lang, published by Penguin, 2007.  (Winner of the Shaughnessy-Cohen Prize for Political Writing, 2008)

Uneasy Partners: Multiculturalism and Rights in Canada, by Janice Gross Stein, David Cameron, John Ibbitson, Will Kymlicka, John Meisel, Haroon Siddiqqi, and Michael Valpy, published by Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2007.


Books and Articles by Anita McGahan

Innovations, Urbanization and Global Health, by Roy Ahn, Thomas F. Burke, Anita M McGahan (Editors), published by Springer, New York.  In press, publication in 2015.
 
The Power of Coordinated Organization Design: New Governance Structures for a World of Wicked Problems, Rotman Magazine (Fall 2014), by Anita M McGahan.
 
Unlocking the Big Promise of Big Data, Rotman Magazine (Fall 2013), by Anita M McGahan.

The New Agenda for Business Schools: Creating Problem Solvers for the World, Rotman Magazine (Spring 2012), pp. 21-27, by Anita M McGahan.
 
How Industries Evolve: Principles for Achieving and Sustaining Superior Performance, Harvard Business School Press (2004), by Anita M McGahan.

Business Strategy Over the Industry Life Cycle,  JAI Press (2004), by Joel A.C. Baum and Anita M McGahan.


Books by Bob Rae

From Protest to Power, by Bob Rae, Penguin Books Ltd., 1996.

The Three Questions: Prosperity and the Public Good, by Bob Rae, McClelland & Stewart, 2006.

Exporting Democracy: The Risks and Rewards of Pursuing a Good Idea, by Bob Rae,  McClelland & Stewart, 2010

Canada in the Balance, by Bob Rae, McClelland & Stewart, 2009.


The Sharing Economy and the Public Good was produced by IDEAS in partnership with the Munk School of Global Affairs.
 

  

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