Events & News


Thursday, September 26, 2019
Rethinking Death in the Digital Era

What happens to your digital self after you die?

Like most people, you probably haven’t given this question much thought. But consider how much of your life involves digital assets...

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
How Can We Be Better Ancestors?

When it comes to our finances, health, homes, and even the planet, it’s easy to avoid thinking long-term and focus instead on tomorrow, or maybe next week.

The results?...

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
How Will We Govern Ourselves in Space?

A new golden age of space exploration is upon us, with growing numbers of countries and private enterprises eager to establish themselves in space for the sake of scientific inquiry, national...

Tuesday, May 07, 2019
What Sci-Fi Futures Can (and Can't) Teach Us About AI Policy

Our anxieties about what we can do with AI versus what we should do are reaching a fever pitch. While companies scramble to define what "AI ethics" means for them and citizens see...

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
The Power of Deliciousness

The Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems welcomes world-renowned chef and author, Dan Barber, for a discussion about the commodification of taste. How can we...

Friday, April 26, 2019
Gaming the Future - Re-activating creativity and play in professional spaces

Remarkable failures of foresight make headlines all the time. The now-bankrupt Blockbuster could have purchased Netflix in 2000; policymakers missed signals of an impending downturn before the...

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
How Will Climate Change Transform American Democracy?

If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. In California, wildfires now rage year-round...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Your At-Home DNA Test Could Crack a Cold Case

The hit podcast Bear Brook detailed how genetic genealogy—the use of DNA testing in conjunction with family-tree mapping—helped identify the perpetrator of a horrific crime in New Hampshire more...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Get Ready for the Next Generation of Organic

Gary Hirshberg, co-founder of the world’s leading organic yogurt maker, Stonyfield Farms, shares his thoughts on the progress of the organic industry to date and what he sees for the next...

Monday, March 18, 2019
Project Confluence

It’s no secret that poor and disenfranchised people—including in the US—suffer disproportionately from environmental problems. At the global scale, poor countries will likely see the worst effects...

Thursday, January 10, 2019
Hacking for Carbon: Building a New Innovation Pipeline for the New Carbon Economy

The energy transition is already creating new wealth with solar and wind power. The transition to a low-carbon economy will present an even bigger investment opportunity. Technologies do not...

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Leadership Voices: A Conversation about Leadership, Career Paths, Counterterrorism and National Security

The Leadership Voices series, a partnership between the McCain Institute for International Leadership and New America, features today’s icons and trailblazers from across business, politics,...