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December 2005 Director's Welcome


John G. Ruggie, CBG DirectorDecember 6, 2005

Dear CBG Faculty, Staff, Fellows, and Friends,

With the holidays upon us, the Center wishes to thank all of you for your continued support, interest and encouragement. This year’s events reconfirm the importance of cross-sector relationships in creating public value – our work at M-RCBG has never been more important.

On December 14 th, in honor of Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani, we will be hosting a one day conference on “Spanning and Crossing the Business & Government Boundaries.” We will convene four panels to explore the intersection of, and significant transformation in, the relationship between the public and private sectors. These panels: “The Public Roles of Private Enterprise,” “Is America Getting the Balance Right: Lessons from Katrina,” “Migrating Across the Sectors,” and “Implications for the KSG Mission,” feature some of the brightest minds from the public, private and non-profit sectors. Juan Enriquez, Chairman and CEO of Biotechonomy, a life sciences and investment firm, will speak in the Forum that evening on Who Owns Our Future? Technology and Politics in America.

On October 13 th and 14 th, the Harvard/Kennedy School Health Care Delivery Project (HCDP) kicked off its fourth year with a Policy Group meeting at the Harvard Faculty Club. It featured the following sessions: “A Conversation with David Gergen;” “Information Based Medicine: Innovation in Patient Care,” led by Michael Svinte, Vice President at IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences; and “Setting Limits Fairly” led by Norm Daniels, Professor of Ethics and Population Health at Harvard School of Public Health. The meeting also included a diverse panel that addressed the evolution and changes in health insurance. Discussants were: John Kaegi, of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, a non-profit entity; Charles Klippel from Aetna, a for-profit entity; and George Halvorson from Kaiser Permanente, an integrated insurance-provider system.

This summer, the National Academy of Sciences released the first joint effort of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine. Its publication, “Building a Better Delivery System: A New Engineering/Health Care Partnership” was co-chaired and co-authored by the Director of the HCDP, Jerome H. Grossman, M.D. Dr. Grossman is speaking on this topic at our New Directions in Regulation Seminar Series on December 8 th. Please contact Shannon Murphy if you would like to attend.

On November 4 th, M-RCBG hosted the first Forum on Excellence and Innovation in Higher Education. Richard Light, the Walter H. Gale Professor of Education at the Kennedy School, directs this initiative which focuses on strengthening undergraduate education by learning from best practices in business and government. The Forum attracted seven college Presidents, 22 Deans, senior faculty from 14 participating schools, and institutional trustees. Featured speakers were President Emeritus Derek C. Bok of Harvard, and Prof. David Garvin of Harvard Business School. Bok emphasized the need for systematic evaluation of new ideas and innovations on college campuses, and Garvin stressed the importance of operating as a “learning organization” for institutional growth and success. The diverse group of attendees included four major research universities, eight distinguished liberal arts colleges, and two “start-up” schools. Each will be systematically implementing and evaluating two new campus initiatives as they seek to improve student education and engagement.

Finally, former Kennedy School Dean Joseph Nye, current Academic Dean Stephen Walt, and I were listed in Foreign Policy’s newest “Leading Lights” list, which names the magazine’s 25 most influential scholars of international relations.

It has been another stimulating and inspiring year at M-RCBG. We wish you and your families a joyful holiday season.


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John G. Ruggie

Frank and Denie Weil Director, Center for Business and Government
Kirkpatrick Professor of International Affairs

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