Happy New Year! Let's hope we can find more peace, security,
prosperity and justice as we go forward into the unchartered waters
of a very changed world both domestically and globally.
Here at CBG, the pace, appropriately, continues to quicken.
Let me offer only some "topline" developments that may
be of special interest:
We welcome to CBG and to the
Kennedy School faculty Bob Pozen, previously President of Fidelity
Management & Research Company, who brings to us a very healthy
and strong dose of the "B" in CBG, as well as a distinguished
career in social innovation and public service. At Fidelity,
the world's largest mutual fund, Bob oversaw some $1 trillion
in investment assets. When he began, Fidelity's track record
was, at best, average; by the time he departed, 75% of Fidelity's
funds were performing better than the S&P 500. Bob was
also responsible for the creation and successful launch of the
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, which now has industry-leading
assets of nearly $3 billion. A former professor at NYU Law
School, Bob most recently has served as a member of President
Bush's Commission to Strengthen Social Security, where he has
advocated for a "third way" to resolve transitional
and equity issues. This spring, Bob will be teaching a new
course, “The Mutual Fund Business,” on Tuesday and Thursday
afternoons in Littauer 230. As of the end of the month, he
can be located here in Weil Hall in Belfer 402, (617) 384-9752.
Please reach out to Bob, introduce yourselves, and offer him
encouragement and support as he makes the big transition from
business to the Center for Business and Government!
Also adding ballast to that "B"
in CBG, Bill Overholt joins us as a Senior Fellow in residence
in our Asia programs. Bill comes to us from Nomura International,
where he was Managing Director. Bill is the author of The
Rise of China, Strategic Planning and Forecasting,
and Political Risk. His most recent work, "Japan:
An Economy At War With Itself," can be found in the January
2002 issue of Foreign Affairs. Bill’s office is at our
Asia programs, 5th floor, 124 Mt. Auburn Street. Bill has already
found his groove at CBG, participating actively and teaching
in last month's successful week-long briefing for leading economists
from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences that Tony Saich
convened as the first of an annual event where leading scholars
and practitioners share insights about global trends and challenges
and opportunities facing policy-makers as China enters the WTO.
On the business, government and education front, CBG's Kearns
program is gearing up for a fast-paced spring and fall agenda.
Faculty chair Jack Donahue is working to launch the first of a
series of conferences and executive sessions on public/private
partnerships for educational reform and progress that will share
the experiences of business involvement in reshaping public education
in major cities and states from across the nation. Professor
Richard Light is spearheading a promising new initiative that
will attract to CBG in September thirty-two of the nation's most
promising future faculty leaders for an intensive orientation
to the role of different sectors, especially business and government,
in bringing about systemic change and reform for the future of
U.S. education. Modeled along the lines of the Rhodes Scholarship,
these "National Young Faculty Leaders" will be engaged
with leaders from business and government who are similarly eager
to initiate dramatic change and improvement. Both projects are
benefiting from the active involvement of former Secretary of
Education and now-Kennedy School Professor Lamar Alexander, and
Rob Mosbacher, Jr. of Houston, who has signed on to Chair our
Kearns Advisory Board.
CBG faculty continue to grind out important publications on a
variety of cutting-edge topics. Tony Saich's Governance and
Politics of China is now in bookstores. This spring, look
for Jeff Frankel's edited volume from MIT Press on economic performance
and policy-making during the 1990's, based on the CBG conference
held under Jeff's leadership last June that involved some 14 major
papers commissioned on subjects ranging from fiscal policy to
international trade and the environment. (For a preview, link
to Jeff’s abstract, “American Economic Policy in the 1990’s,”
on the KSG working paper series website at: http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/research/working_papers/index.htm)
Associate Professor David Hart is readying his book, The Emergence
of Entrepreneurship Policy: Governance, Start-ups and Growth in
the Knowledge Economy, based, in part, on CBG's major conference
on "Entrepreneurship and Public Policy." Elaine Kamarck
reports that she, too, is getting close to finishing her next
product, with the provocative title of The End of Government
as We Know It. And Assistant Professor David Lazer is also
close to finalizing his book, The Technology of Justice: DNA
Policy and the Future of the Criminal Justice System, which
flows from CBG's conference on "DNA and the Criminal Justice
System" last year. At http://www.dnapolicy.net,
you can see full transcripts, a video archive, and learn more
about related contemporary issues.
Well, I'm nearly exhausted from reporting on just the "topline"
-- and the year is only two days old!
Clearly, our plate is pretty full at CBG, our faculty, fellows
and staff are hard at work, and a sense of excitement is palpable.
In all this, and more, I encourage you to participate and partake.
We're only as successful as our efforts to involve and attract
you and others in our activities. Please drop me a note or swing
by to explore how you might become a more active member of our
valued CBG community in this New Year.