We all share the agony and heartbreak and loss.
It is a time for reaching out to one another, to discuss emotions
and concerns and to do what we can to help relieve the pain and
to contribute to the healing and recovery.
Each of us will find our own form of expression.
CBG staff has met to learn, in part, about ways in which we can
make a difference by donating blood or making a donation or participating
in constructive activities that are underway throughout the University.
A CBG fellow has helped to catalyze a major commitment by the
University as a whole.
I encourage all members of the CBG community to consider other
ways in which we might be helpful. You possess expertise and intellectual
capital and credibility -- all of which are in short supply at
this moment and all of which are needed now more than ever. A
major portion of New York City will need to be rebuilt. Investor
and consumer confidence will have to be restored. New forms of
public/private partnership and new methods of business/government
cooperation will need to be devised. An economy on the brink of
recession and industries on the verge of bankruptcy will need
skillful guidance and fresh approaches to dealing with unprecedented
challenges. A different kind of leadership may be required as
well as a new role for business and a new alignment of public,
private and non-profit institutions and resources.
Whether the issue is information technology or the implications
for international trade and finance or the impact on productivity
or the emergence of a new kind of corporate citizenship or the
need for rethinking and revising regulatory schemes -- on these
and so many other aspects of the crisis, many of you possess knowledge
that is precious and valuable.
I ask all of us to consider ways in which our resources can be
applied to help make a difference. And I welcome any constructive
ideas about how CBG itself can and should become engaged in that
It is the start of the Jewish New Year and the beginning of what
is called "The Days of Awe." It mirrors a time of reflection
and contemplation and new resolve in our society as a whole. Whatever
our personal convictions, I know that we all share the same concerns
for justice, understanding and peace.
There have been other passages within our CBG family. The wife
of one of the authors for our economic conference in June was
among the airline victims last Tuesday. Rob Stavins recently mourned
the death of his mother from natural causes. And we joyously await
the arrival of one of our faculty member's first child this fall.
Our thoughts are with them and others and with one another.
Let me close with the wisdom of Richard Ross' son Franklin: "The
lessons you learn in death are the ones you should know in life.
My father knew those lessons in life and that made all the difference.
Love, integrity, honesty, faith and caring for others, that's
what my father stood for."