The Colloquium centers around the understanding of how our brains filter the world, deploy cognitive heuristics and biases, and the interplay between neurochemistry, perception, and decision-making.
The World Bank’s Executive Directors believe that standard policy tools are not always effective; many remaining development challenges may require alternative understandings of human behavior; and recent findings from across the social sciences provide ideas for expanding policymakers’ toolkits based on these alternative understandings.
This is creating new and unknown frontiers at the intersection of biology, chemistry, psychology, objectivity, analytics, data, and human behavior. Dan Kahnemann’s Thinking Fast, and Slow was a benchmark publication in the emerging, interdisciplinary field. Beyond this Nobel Prize winner’s work is an important body of pracademics related to behavioral economics, behavior change communication, long-standing work on satisficing and mental models, and hard science research into brain chemistry which is troubling the distinctions between brain and mind.
Our Spring Colloquium 2016 will inquire into this new interdisciplinary arena, pursuing questions about how policy, programs, enterprises, and higher education itself needs to be rethought.
- Registration: Sign-ups are done via BannerWeb
- Dates: February 4-May 12, 2016 (Thursdays, 6pm-8:50pm)
- Location: McGowan 102
2016 Featured Speakers
Hersh Shefrin, Mario Belotti Chair in the Department of Finance at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business
Date: February 11, 2016
Professor Shefrin is a pioneer of behavioral finance. His latest book, "Behavioral Risk Management," argues that major disasters in the last fifteen years (the BP oil spill, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the global financial crisis) have psychological pitfalls at their root. The book illustrates a series of do's and don'ts for addressing psychological issues in risk management.
Peter C. Whybrow, MD., Neuroscientist and Psychiatrist
Date: February 25, 2016
Dr. Whybrow's book, "American Mania: When More Is Not Enough," explores stress, obesity, anxiety, and time from a neuroscience and behavioral perspective. His new book, "The Well-Tuned Brain," argues that the human brain is only marginally adapted to the complexity of the problems we must now face together on a global scale. The problem of our long-term survival as a species, in other words, is intimately linked to the evolution of our brains, and the priority that evolutionary processes place on short-term survival.
Varun Gauri, Ph.D., The World Bank’s Head of the Global Insights Initiative (GINI) and Senior Economist, Development Research Group.
Date: March 31, 2016
Dr. Gauri is the Head of the Global Insights Initiative (GINI) and Senior Economist with the Development Research Group of the World Bank. His current research addresses three themes: 1) how to use behavioral insights to enhance development policy, 2) when public agencies comply with human rights orders, and 3) why individuals support public goods. Dr. Gauri was the Co-Director of the "World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior." He serves on the editorial boards of the journals "Behavioral Public Policy and Health and Human Rights," "The World Economic Forum Council on Behavior," "The Advisory Board of Academics Stand Against Poverty," and is a member of the RSA (London).
Colonel Christopher W. Wendland, Visiting Fellow from the United States Army War College
Date: April 7, 2016
Lieutenant Colonel Christopher W. Wendland is a visiting Fellow from the United States Army War College. He received his commission as a Field Artillery Officer from the United States Military Academy in 1994. Prior to his arrival at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), where he served as the Division Chief of Staff (Rear) and Commanded the 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery "ALLONS" for two years to include a combat deployment to eastern Afghanistan as a Task Force Commander. Lieutenant Colonel Wendland served in various Field Artillery staff and leadership positions over his 21-years of military service with assignments in the continental United States, Korea, Germany, and Hawaii as well as two additional combat deployments: Battery Commander during the Iraq ground invasion (2003) and Infantry Brigade Fire Support Officer / Task Force Executive Officer in eastern Baghdad during the "Iraq Surge" (2006-2008). In addition, Lieutenant Colonel Wendland served for three years as a Combatant Command joint/interagency Crisis Response Planner in the Pacific developing plans for Foreign Humanitarian Assistance (Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Nepal, and Haiti), Maritime/Air Counter Proliferation, and Foreign Consequence Management / Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations (Japan). He also served as a committee co-chair/planner for the U.S. - Philippines Mutual Defense Board/ Security Engagement Board from 2009-2011.
Janice Stein, Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto
Date: April 14, 2016
Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and was the founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. Stein's most recent publications include "Networks of Knowledge: Innovation in International Learning (2000)," "The Cult of Efficiency" (2001), and "Street Protests and Fantasy Parks" (2001). She is a contributor to "Canada by Picasso" (2006) and the co-author of "The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar" (2007). She has been awarded Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Alberta, the University of Cape Breton, McMaster University, and Hebrew University.
Julia Townsend, Founder & Principal Consultant at Enviro-Strategy
Date: April 28, 2016
Julia Townsend is the founder and principal at Enviro-Strategy, a consulting firm that specializes in applying behavioral insights to environmental problem solving. Recent projects include: designing and implementing pilot projects for the Soquel Creek Water District related to residential water use, developing and delivering trainings for Root Solutions and Nature Canada, and collaborating with researchers at Stanford University's Graduate School of Education on reducing marine debris. A 2014 Global Youth Ambassador representing the U.S. at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, she has a master’s degree in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, where she has enjoyed teaching as an adjunct faculty member. With over 10 years of combined experience in education, strategic communications, and environmental policy, Ms. Townsend is passionate about revolutionizing the way environmental problem solvers work with humans and is currently based in Santa Cruz, CA.
Mahabat (Maha) Baimyrzaeva, Associate Professor in the Graduate School in Policy and Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Maha Baimyrzaeava is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School in Policy and Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Her research focuses on institutions, including rules and enforcement mechanisms, as well as organizational design and change. Coursework with Maha explores social innovation in the public sector, organizational management, applied research design and implementation, nation building, participatory governance, and policy analysis. Maha's recent achievements include a redesign of the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) program at MIIS, consulting for the Global Citizen Report Card, authoring a book: “Institutional Reforms in Public Sector: What Did We Learn?”, consulting for an education startup on strategic management and marketing and designing policy analysis trainings in Russian through the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. Originally from Kyrgzstan, Maha holds a law degree from the International University of Kyrgyzstan, a MPA from University of Hawaii and a PhD in Public Administration from University of Southern California.
The Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium is hosted annually by the Institute’s Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM). The Colloquium is offered to graduate students across a variety of degree programs and offers an unambiguous demonstration of the Institute's instructional model for transformative professional education. The combined coursework and lecture series is designed to bridge theory to practice and prepare the world’s future leaders.
2015 Colloquium: Commercializing Impact Investing
Practical and inspiring perspectives focused on bridging the gap between commercial and impact investments.
Impact Investment is investment made with the intention to generate measurable social, environmental and financial return. Impact investing deploys multiple sources of capital – private, philanthropic and public to address pressing global challenges. Impact investing has the potential to unlock significant sums of commercial capital, but challenges to the commercialization of impact investing remain significant. The struggle, however, may shed light on how capitalism as we know of today can and will be transformed and leveraged for maximizing welfare and wealth creation. This course engages students with thinkers and practitioners in the impact investing sector who will share their perspectives and experiences in bridging the gap between commercial and impact investments, and explore and envision a better future.
2015 Featured Speakers
Stephanie Rupp, CEO of Toniic
April 2, 2015
Stephanie has over a decade of experience in global impact investing, impact fund design and implementation, microfinance, and more recently in crowd funding. Stephanie served as an executive team member of Razoo, a crowd funding platform where she led business development. She spent five years with Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm, managing investments in debt, equity, LoC and grants for US, South Asia, West Africa and Latin America enterprises focused on property rights and microfinance.
Follow Stephanie on twitter: @StephCohnRupp
Sonal Shah, Former White House Director of Social Innovations
April 9, 2015
Sonal is Professor of Practice and the founding Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation. Sonal, an economist and entrepreneur, has spent her career focused on actionable innovation in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was the Deputy Assistant to the President and founding Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.
Follow Sonal on twitter: @SonalRShah
Robert Rubinstein, CEO of TBLI (Triple Bottom Line International)
April 16, 2015
Robert is a social entreprenuer and the founder and driving force behind TBLI (Triple Bottom Line Investing) Group, an organization that specializes in environmental, social and governance ESG and impact investing, using Triple Bottom Line principles.
Follow Robert on twitter: @tbli
Cynthia Muller, Senior Director at Arabella Advisors
April 23, 2015
Cynthia leads Arabella Advisors impact investing practice. She has an extensive background in social enterprise and mission investing includes connecting public policy, programs, and capital for emerging social innovations to increase economic opportunities for under-served and marginalized communities.
Follow Cynthia on twitter: @cynmull
Mike Lin, CEO of Fenix International
April 30, 2015
Mike is a serial entrepreneur who previously founded an award-winning design firm, and B.MIMIMA, an eco-solutions company. He has consulted for Apple on climate change and environmental toxins and worked with Al Gore on the "Inconvenient Truth" presentation. Mike is a LEED accredited professional, a recipient of the EPA's People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Award, Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award and BusinessWeek IDEA Award. Mike earned both his BS and MS in mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Follow Fenix International on Twitter: @fenixintl
Jenny Kassan, CEO Cutting Edge Capital
May 7, 2015
Jenny is CEO of Cutting Edge Capital, a sister business of Cutting Edge Counsel. She earned a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and earned her J.D. from Yale Law School. She worked for eleven years at the Unity Council, a nonprofit community development corporation in Oakland, where she served as staff attorney and managed numerous community economic development projects.
Follow Cutting Edge Capital on Twitter: @cuttingedgecap
2014 Colloquium: Economic Diplomacy and Statecraft
Economic Diplomacy and Statecraft is a broad new initiative at the center of U.S. foreign policy that can be understood as a recognition and response to the changing dynamics of how power and influence will be exercised across the globe in the 21st century. Collectively, the speakers in this colloquium will address pressing issues regarding economic sanctions, the evolving global trading system, the practice of diffused and smart power in a multi-polar world, the impact of financial crisis on changes in global financial system, sustainable development, rising Africa, climate change, and other areas of global importance.
2014 Featured Speakers:
Professor Evan Hillebrand, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky
Date: February 3, 2014
Topic: Economic Sanctions
Rufus Yerxa, former Deputy Director General, WTO
Demetrios Marantos, former Deputy USTR, Senior Counsel, Square Inc.
Date: February 7, 2014
Topic: Economic Diplomacy and Tradecraft in the Global Trading System
Ann Rollins, Apple, Inc.
Jennifer Sanford, Cisco, Inc.
Topic: Economic Diplomacy: A Private Sector Perspective
February 17, 2014
Don Lewis, Stanford Law School
Date: March 10, 2014
Topic: China’s Economic Diplomacy
Steve Pifer, Director, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative, Brookings Institute
Date: March 24, 2014
Topic: Russian Power Diplomacy and Eurasian Integration
Jeri Jensen, Consultant to the Millenium Challenge Corp. and Senior Partner in Business Driven Development
Date: April 14, 2014
Topic: Economic Diplomacy in a New Sustainable Development Paradigm
Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and a resident in FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
Date: April 18, 2014
Topic: Economic Diplomacy and Global Governance in a Multi-polar World To learn more visit: go.miis.edu/colloquium. A related media release is included for your reference as well.
2013 Colloquium: Evolving Global Security Challenges
What are the most crucial issues on the nonproliferation agenda over the next five years? Has the U.S. government finally figured out how to "do" nation-building? What is the connection between global warming and conflict? Does promoting democracy abroad really work?
The 2013 Colloquium features frank discussions with leading international experts, top academics, and senior Obama Administration officials on some of the most pressing challenges of the current age, ranging from nonproliferation and cyber security to democratization and human security.
2013 Featured Speakers:
Nicholas Tomb, Program Coordinator, Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies, Naval Post-graduate School, and co-founder, Global Majority
Topic: Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Joseph Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund
Topic: Nonproliferation Challenges Old and New:
Mark Valencia, Maritime Policy Associate, Nautilus Institute
Topic: Maritime Security in East Asia
Steve Clemons, Editor at Large at The Atlantic and founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation
Topic: Managing Traditional Alliances
Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Sophal Ear, Professor, Naval Postgraduate School
Amy Hawthorne, consultant and former Senior Advisor for Egypt, Bureau for Near East/Asia, Department of State
Topic: Transition and Democracy Building
Michael Kugelman, Senior Program Associate for South and Southeast Asia, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Topic: Food Insecurity and Farms Race
Christopher Twomey, Professor, Naval Postgraduate School
Topic: Role of Culture in International Security
Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
Topic: Human Security in North Korea
2012 Colloquium: Emerging Markets: BRICS and Beyond
2012 Featured Speakers:
Professor Yuke Abe, Doshisha University, Japan
Date: February 16
Topic: Thailand’s Development and Integrated Production Networks in Asia
Professor Martín Grandes, Catholic University of Argentina
Date: February 23
Topic: Why Doesn’t Capital Flow from Rich to Poor Countries? 40 Years of a Paradox
Ambassador Faizel Ismail, Ambassador of South Africa to the WTO
Date: March 3
Topic: Developing Countries in Global Trade Governance
Professor Joshua Aizenman, University of California, Santa Cruz
Date: March 8
Topic: Managing Financial Integration and Capital Mobility: Policy Lessons for Emerging Markets and the Struggling Euro
Professor Philip Martin, University of California, Davis
Date: March 15
Topic: South-South Migration: Patterns, Impacts, and Challenges
Professor Pranab Bardhan, University of California, Berkeley
Date: March 29
Topic: Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay: Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India
Professor Eduardo Viola, University of Brasilia
Date: April 5
Topic: The Role of Brazil in the Global Transition to a Low Carbon Economy: Transformations and Paradoxes
Professor Soumitra Dutta, INSEAD
Date: April 13
Topic: New Trends to Accelerate Innovation
Bill Lewis, Retired Senior Partner of McKinsey & Co. Inc.
Date: April 19
Topic: The Power of Productivity: A Comparison of Russia and India
President Sunder Ramaswamy, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Date: May 3
Topic: India's Economic Reforms