fbpx Conferences | Harvard Kennedy School

Annual Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM)

CID's flagship event brings together leaders and thinkers from development, government, business, and philanthropy. GEM identifies the major issues and ideas that could potentially revolutionize development paradigms but are not yet being discussed in the development sphere.

The topic of GEM20 is Re-encountering Homo Moralis: Making Sense of a Seemingly Irrational World. Presentations and discussions will explore underlying concepts that help better explain human behavior, how these concepts relate to contemporary issues of the day, and what feasible policies can address these issues. Some questions that we will explore:

  • How have traditional models of human behavior, based on rational self-interest, failed development?
  • What are the roles of reason and empirical evidence in a “post-truth” world?
  • How do we implement better policies with shared support and common values in the context of populism, fake news, and anti-globalism?

Keynote speakers include Hugo Mercier, cognitive scientist and author of The Enigma of Reason; and Michele J. Gelfand, professor, Director of the Culture Lab at the University of Maryland, and author of Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World; and Michael Kremer, Abhijit V. Banerjee, and Ester Duflo, professors and joint recipients of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2019.