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The Future of Leadership

Herb Rubenstein has thought, written, lectured extensively and developed a unique perspective on leadership that he supports with many examples of successful leaders. He distinguishes between "leaders" and "leaders of leaders". Leaders are people who see existing problems and develop solutions for those problems with the support of the group they lead. Leaders of leaders play the more important role of developing organizational "platforms" for preventing whole classes of problems from arising in the first place and guiding leaders when problems arise within the organization.

The Black Swan: The 21st Century Challenge for Public Policy

What you think you know may not matter. What you don't know certainly will. And why you are unlikely to know what matters in time.

The Future of American Citizen Engagement

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars announced today that it will host a series of meetings designed to foster greater public dialogue on key issues facing Americans through the application of new technologies. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 14, 2004, from 1 – 3 p.m. in the 5th Floor Conference Room at the Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Serious Games Day

The following four games were reviewed and discussed at the event:

America's Army: The Official U.S. Army Game

LIVE WEBCAST: Autonomic Computing

This event will be webcast from this site at 8:45 a.m. (ET).


Alan Ganek, Vice President, Autonomic Computing, IBM
Gail Kaiser, Director, Programming Systems Laboratory, Columbia University
Peter M. Hughes, Assistant Chief for Technology, Information Systems Division, NASA/Goddard

Imagine a world where computers and networks heal themselves, protect themselves, configure themselves, manage themselves...

Changing the Landscape of U.S. Energy: Nano and Micro Technologies

This seminar, the second in a series on the future of nanotechnology, featured speakers from academia, leading energy technology start-ups, venture capital firms, and the Washington policy community. The panelists discussed a wide range of technologies, ranging from photovoltaics to lighting and clean coal technology. Topics of discussion included technologies that are already making a difference in the energy sector as well as emerging technologies with large potential impacts requiring more significant R&D budget commitments from corporations and government agencies.

Pervasive Computing

Just how prepared are we for a world where computing moves “off our desk” into the wider environment around us? Join us for a seminar and discussion to explore a world where computing is embedded, nomadic, and largely invisible -- the first event in a new series on The Future of Computing.

Speakers include Rod Adkins, General Manager, Pervasive Computing Division, IBM; Victor Zue, Director, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science; and David Brin, Author of The Transparent Society.

Open Networks, Closed Regimes

In her new co-authored book Open Networks, Closed Regimes Shanthi Kalathil looks at the link between technology and democratization, in other words, at the Internet and freedom. Contrary to conventional wisdom the author finds that going digital does not mean going democratic. Many in the policy and punditry worlds believe the Internet poses a grave threat to authoritarian rule; in fact, there¹s a popular notion that the Internet inexorably undermines such regimes. But that¹s not true.

Nanotechnology: Real Revenues Today and Impacts on the U.S. Economy

Washington, D.C. – On March 11 the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars held a seminar "Nanotechnology: Real Revenues Today and Impacts on the U.S. Economy” that examined new commercial applications for nanotechnologies and the position of the United States in the global nanotech race. Video of the seminar is available by clicking on the link below.