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December 14 Forum: Drain the Swamp? Regulatory Reform Under President Trump

On December 14, Common Good and Covington & Burling LLP will hold a morning forum discussing regulatory reform in the Trump administration.

The event will have three panels: 1) getting moving on infrastructure; 2) re-imagining regulatory reform; and 3) rethinking executive authority and congressional oversight.

Participants include (list in formation):

Oren Cass, Manhattan Institute
Christopher DeMuth, Hudson Institute
Susan E. Dudley, George Washington University
E. Donald Elliott, Covington & Burling; Yale Law School
Daniel M. Flores, Chief Counsel, House Subcomm. on Reg. Reform
William A. Galston, Brookings Institution
Hon. Newt Gingrich
Jason Grumet, Bipartisan Policy Center
Frederick M. Hess, American Enterprise Institute
Philip K. Howard, Common Good
Richard G. Kidd IV, Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council
Brink Lindsey, Cato Institute
Will Marshall, Progressive Policy Institute
Diana C. Mendes, HNTB Corporation
Paul Noe, American Forest & Paper Association
David Schoenbrod, New York Law School
John Veroneau, Covington & Burling
Philip A. Wallach, Brookings Institution

Event details:
  
Title:   Drain the Swamp? Regulatory Reform Under President Trump

When:   Wednesday, December 14, 2016; 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, with informal lunch after; registration and breakfast begin at 8:15 AM.

Where:   Covington & Burling LLP; 10th Floor; One CityCenter; 850 Tenth Street, NW; Washington, DC 20001

To RSVP, please e-mail your name, position, affiliation, and contact information to Ruth Mary Giverin of Common Good at rmgiverin@commongood.org. Please contact Ruth with any questions as well. All attendees must register before the day of the event.

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Center on Capitalism and Society’s 14th Annual Conference

Along with the Roosevelt Institute, Common Good will co-host Columbia University’s Center on Capitalism and Society’s 14th Annual Conference on November 18, 2016. Titled “Agency, Prospering, Progress, and the Working Class,” the event will take place at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.

The Center is directed by Nobel laureate and Common Good advisory board member Edmund Phelps. Common Good’s Philip Howard serves on the Center’s advisory board.

Click here for more information on the event.

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Common Good Hosts Reception for TED’s Chris Anderson

On June 14, Common Good hosted an evening reception and discussion in New York City for Chris Anderson and his new book, TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking. Anderson is the curator of TED, a nonprofit best known for its widely popular TED Talks. Joining him in the conversation as moderators were Mark Thompson, President and CEO of The New York Times Company, and Common Good Chair – and 2010 TED Talk speaker – Philip Howard.

During the lively hour-long discussion, Anderson spoke about some of the major public speaking traps that hinder the effectiveness of many speakers, as well as the strategies that make other speakers so successful. The conversation also focused on TED’s critical role in not only providing a platform for new ideas, but also offering role models to those who may not believe they are capable of influencing the world with ideas of their own.

Click here to learn more about Chris Anderson’s new book. And click here to watch Philip Howard’s 2010 TED Talk, “Four Ways to Fix a Broken Legal System.”

L to R: Mark Thompson, Chris Anderson, Philip Howard

Photos: Howard Heyman

    

                                                                                              

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May 19 Forum: How Faster Infrastructure Approvals Can Get America Moving Again

Common Good, the Progressive Policy Institute, and Covington & Burling LLP invite you to attend a morning forum on expediting and improving regulatory reviews of infrastructure projects on Thursday, May 19th in Washington, DC.

The forum, which is part of Infrastructure Week (www.infrastructureweek.org), will include remarks from members of Congress and the Administration plus two panels of experts from industry, labor, government, and environmental protection.

Participants include:

Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT)
Jason S. Miller, White House National Economic Council

Angela F. Colamaria, White House Office of
     Management and Budget
Gary S. Guzy, Covington & Burling; formerly of CEQ and EPA
Philip K. Howard, Common Good
Fawn Johnson, Morning Consult
Deron Lovaas, Natural Resources Defense Council
Will Marshall, Progressive Policy Institute
Philip D. Moeller, Edison Electric Institute; formerly of the
     Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
John D. Porcari, Parsons Brinckerhoff; formerly of the
     US Department of Transportation
Sophie Shulman, US Department of Transportation
Prof. Dr. Andrea Versteyl, National Regulatory Control Council
     (Germany)

Even as the nation’s needs grow more acute, it takes longer and longer to win government approval to build modern infrastructure. Getting permits can take a decade or longer. Other countries manage to get projects up and running in less time. We are convening this discussion to build common understanding of how government reviews can combine rigorous public oversight with expeditious approvals of projects that can save money, create jobs, boost US productivity, achieve a greener footprint, and restore public confidence in the public sector.

Event details:

Title:  How Faster Infrastructure Approvals Can Get America Moving Again

When:  Thursday, May 19, 2015; 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, with lunch to follow. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:15 AM.

Where:  Covington & Burling LLP, 10th Floor, One CityCenter, 850 Tenth Street,  NW, Washington, DC 20001

To RSVP, please e-mail your name, position, affiliation, and contact information to Ruth Mary Giverin of Common Good at rmgiverin@commongood.org. Please contact Ruth with any questions as well. This invitation is transferable, but all attendees must register before the day of the event.

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May 9 Event: Billions for Red Tape

Common Good invites you to attend an end of the day discussion and reception on Monday, May 9th in New York City to discuss the release of our new report: “Billions for Red Tape: Focusing on the Approval Process for the Gateway Rail Tunnel Project.”

The event will feature remarks from Senator Cory Booker followed by a moderated panel.

Panelists:

Patrick J. Foye, Executive Director,
     Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Philip K. Howard, Chair, Common Good
Robert D. Yaro, President Emeritus, Regional Plan Association
     (moderator)

The Gateway Rail Tunnel Project is a $24 billion infrastructure plan to alleviate a critical bottleneck on the Northeast Corridor, an area of the country that accounts for 20 percent of national GDP. The purpose of the report and event is to outline the economic and environmental costs of different permitting timetables, and to propose approval mechanisms that will save taxpayers billions and avoid significant economic and environmental harm.

Event Details:

Title: Billions for Red Tape

When: Monday, May 9, 2016; 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM; cocktails and appetizers will be served.

Where:  The New York Times Building
43rd Floor (offices of Covington & Burling LLP)
620 Eighth Avenue (between 40th and 41st Streets)
New York, NY 10018
A government-issued ID is required to pass through building security.

To RSVP, please e-mail your name, position, affiliation, and contact information to Ruth Mary Giverin at rmgiverin@commongood.org. Please contact Ruth with any questions as well. This invitation is transferable, but all attendees must register before the day of the event.

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Philip Howard Leads Panel at Center on Capitalism and Society’s Annual Conference

On November 9, Common Good’s Philip Howard chaired a panel at Columbia University’s Center on Capitalism and Society’s 13th Annual Conference. The panel, titled “How Evolving Social Values Suppress Individual Initiative,” also featured NYU’s Jonathan Haidt, Swarthmore College’s Barry Schwartz, and Lapham’s Quarterly Lewis Lapham. Click the picture below to watch the panel in full.

At the end of September, Philip was named an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at the Center – you can read about that here. Click here to watch more video from the annual conference, including a luncheon presentation by entrepreneur Peter Thiel.

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Common Good Releases New Report: “Two Years, Not Ten Years”

*** Click here to access proposed legislative language to implement the report's proposals. ***

Today Common Good released Two Years, Not Ten Years: Redesigning Infrastructure Approvals, our new report on the costs of delaying infrastructure permits. The report concludes that a permitting delay of six years on public projects costs the nation over $3.7 trillion, more than double the $1.7 trillion needed through the end of this decade to modernize America’s decrepit infrastructure.

Read the press release here.

Read the report here.

This report came out of the May 2015 forum Common Good co-hosted with the National Association of Manufacturers, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Covington & Burling LLP.

Common Good is pushing for a radically simplified approach, with all reviews and approvals completed within two years. “Two Years, Not Ten Years” is our rallying cry.

We would welcome your comments and suggestions on this crucial national issue. You can e-mail them to commongood@commongood.org.

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Common Good Event: “Paralyzed Government: Then What?”

The U.S. government is structurally paralyzed and requires a reset to become functional. The paralysis is not simply political but structural. Red tape blocks vital initiatives and obstructs rather than supports public goals. The nation’s infrastructure is crumbling, taking as long as a decade to get needed approvals to undertake essential projects. Innovation is stifled; the U.S. now ranks 46th globally in ease of starting a business. America’s economic competitiveness is undercut, along with millions of potential jobs.  

The roots of public paralysis grow deep in our culture—avoiding authority, giving any group an effective veto, and letting special interests preserve the status quo. This discussion—“Paralyzed Government: Then What?”—will bring together leading thinkers who have each recently published books suggesting the need not just for new leadership, but major overhauls of governing structures.  

Participants in the discussion, which will take place on Wednesday, June 17, and be moderated by John Avlon, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Beast, will be:

  • Francis Fukuyama, author of Political Order and Political Decay; Professor, Stanford University;
  • John Micklethwait, co-author of The Fourth Revolution; Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg L.P.; and
  • Philip K. Howard, author of The Rule of Nobody; Chair, Common Good.
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May 12 Forum: Rethinking Infrastructure Approvals

Part of Infrastructure Week 2015 | www.infrastructureweek.org

View invitation as a PDF.

Common Good, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the National Association of Manufacturers, and Covington & Burling LLP invite you to attend a morning forum on accelerating infrastructure approvals on Tuesday, May 12 in Washington, DC.

The forum, which is part of Infrastructure Week 2015, will include keynote addresses by key members of the Administration and Congress (invitations in process), a presentation on best practices from other countries, plus two panels of experts discussing how to achieve these goals:

1. Better environmental reviews, accomplished in months or a few years, not a decade.
2. How to consolidate permits. 

The forum’s goal is to explore bold proposals for simplifying, accelerating, and improving the infrastructure approval process. Red tape must be cut if America wants to reap all the benefits of new infrastructure projects—enhanced competitiveness, millions of jobs, and a greener environmental footprint.

Participants include leaders of industry, labor, government, and environmental protection (list not final):

Keynote Remarks: U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez

Robyn M. Boerstling, National Association of Manufacturers
Clarke Bruno, Anbaric Transmission
Shawn Denstedt Q.C., Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt (Canada)
E. Donald Elliott, Covington & Burling; formerly of EPA
Patrick J. Foye, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Gary S. Guzy, Covington & Burling; formerly of CEQ and EPA
Philip K. Howard, Common Good
Kelly S. Huffman, Poseidon Water
Sarah Kline, Bipartisan Policy Center
Deron Lovaas, Natural Resources Defense Council
Nick A. Malyshev, OECD
Diana C. Mendes, AECOM
Joann Papageorgis, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
John D. Porcari, Parsons Brinckerhoff; formerly of the U.S. Department of Transportation
Mark R. Tercek, The Nature Conservancy

For more information, visit Infrastructure Week 2015’s website at www.infrastructureweek.org.

Event Details:

Title: Rethinking Infrastructure Approvals

When: Tuesday, May 12, 2015; 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, with lunch to follow. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:15 AM.

Where: Covington & Burling LLP, 10th Floor, One CityCenter, 850 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

To RSVP, please e-mail your name, position, affiliation, and contact information to Ruth Mary Giverin at rmgiverin@commongood.org. All attendees must register before the day of the event. Please e-mail Ruth with any questions as well.

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The Future of the Individual: Video Excerpts

Click on the images below to watch excerpts from The Future of the Individual, Common Good and Columbia University’s November 6 forum on the social and economic developments that are diminishing the role of the individual in the modern world.

Here’s Common Good Chair Philip Howard on how we have the wrong idea of “the rule of law”:

Here’s former Indianapolis mayor and New York City deputy mayor Stephen Goldsmith on how innovation within government is “illegal”:

Click here to watch Mr. Goldsmith’s entire presentation.

Here’s Doctored author Dr. Sandeep Jauhar on the effects of bureaucracy on health care:

Click here to watch Dr. Jauhar’s entire presentation.

Here’s Brookings senior fellow Robert Litan on possible solutions:

Click here to watch Mr. Litan’s entire presentation.

And click here to read Philip and Nobel laureate Edmund Phelps’ joint statement from the event, “Humans vs. Bureaucracy.”

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