A unique, non-partisan public summit to foster common ground among
groups seeking changes in how corporations and government work for the
public interest is being hosted March 14-15 at George Mason University's
Arlington campus. The discussion-oriented event, "Rules Change: The
DC Gathering" is for executives, public officials, scholars,
researchers, policy activists, students and engaged citizens.
The gathering is aimed at promoting cross-silo knowledge, ideas and
collaboration on issues like election reform; corporate personhood;
success measures and accountability; money and politics; media
responsibility; and environmental sustainability. Attendees will look at
the rules that govern our economic system - from laws and regulations to
consumer behavior, participatory government, corporate governance and
"It's time to cross lines, exit silos and listen," said Bill Densmore,
an ex-journalist and researcher who is one of the event's organizers.
"We want to look at how government and business can collaborate to meet
the needs of all stakeholders - employees, customers, citizens,
communities and the environment - not just stockholders."
Public registration is now open athttp://www.ruleschange.org.
Special rates and stipends are available for students, groups and people
of limited means.
Rules Change will feature some presentations, but will emphasize
workshops and circle-round discussions across two days. It will close
with the first DC-area screening of a new documentary, "Pay 2 Play:
Democracy's High Stakes" and a sneak preview of a 20-city
effort, "The 28th Amendment National Road Show."
"Rules Change: The DC Gathering" speakers include former U.S.
Rep. Thomas W. Davis, co-founder of NoLabels.org; political strategist
Celinda Lake, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Hedrick Smith and Steven
Pearlstein, a GMU Robinson Professor; and Cornell law professor Lynn
Stout, author of "The Shareholder Value Myth."
The event is co-convened by the School
of Public Policy at George Mason University and the Media
Stewards Project, with support from The F.B. Heron Foundation and
program advice from the Aspen Institute's Business & Society Program.
The two-day summit is a learning initiative of the Rules Change Project,
an open coalition to spotlight and amplify existing efforts at economic
"rules change." More information on the effort is available at www.ruleschange.org.
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