Thinking Ahead Speaker Series


How can we ensure everyone enjoys the prosperity they contribute to? Join a new discussion series in the Bay Area featuring big ideas to tackle extreme inequality, end racial economic exclusion, and create lasting change?

Each event at the Haas Institute Thinking Ahead discussion series features: 

  • Presentation
  • Discussion Time
  • Social Mixer with Food


July 13, 2017

The Making of a Progressive City

What can we do to ensure everyone shares in the prosperity that they contribute to?  Come hear from Richmond City Council member Melvin Willis and journalist Steve Early how progress-minded activists transformed a city dominated by a narrow corporate agenda into a model for greater shared prosperity.

Melvin Willis, born and raised in Richmond, is a City Council member.  Before his election he was an organizer with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE).

Steve Early has been a union representative, community organizer, lawyer and labor journalist.  He is the author of Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City

Venue: Citizen Engagement Laboratory, 1330 Broadway #300
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June 13, 2017
Daniel Martinez HoSang

A Wider Type of Freedom: Reimagining Racial Justice
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May 15, 2017
5:30 pm - 7 pm 
Sabeel Rahman, Christina Livingston, Paul Pierson, and john a. powell
From Domination to Prosperity: Building an Economy Where We All Belong                                                                                Download the flyer.

March 14, 2017
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
J. Brad DeLong
Clearing the Way: How can government promote shared prosperity?
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February 9, 2017
5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Tom Sgouros and Wendy Ake
A Dignified Retirement: Who writes the rules?
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January 19, 2017
12:45-1:45 pm 
Derecka Mehrens and Miriam Lueck Avery
Silicon Valley: Can the Epicenter of Toxic Inequality Become a Model of Shared Prosperity?
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View D. Mehren's presentation. View M. Lueck Avery's presentation.

December 15, 2016
5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Anne Price: Rethinking Assets: Are We Ready to Leap Forward?  

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September 13, 2016 

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm 
Jim Pugh and Chris Benner 
Universal Basic Income: Is this the way we can tackle extreme inequality?

Jim Pugh and Chris Benner lead a conversation on the universal basic income and how it can be used to tackle toxic economic inequality. This event was emceed by Claudia Jimenez, a community organizer, and Mark Gomez of the Haas Institute. View the presentation.

August 11, 2016 

5:15-6:45 pm 
Paul Pierson, UC Berkeley 
American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper

Paul Pierson is a political science professor at UC Berkeley who studies the role of government in fostering extreme inequality and shared prosperity. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and The New York Review of Books. His most recent book, co-authored with Jacob S. Hacker, is American Amnesia: The Forgotten Roots of Our Prosperity. This event was emceed by Jessica Bartholow, Western Center on Law and Poverty and Mark Gomez, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. View the presentation.

July 12, 2016
12:15 - 1:45 pm 
Steve Phillips, Power PAC 
Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority 
Steve Phillips, a civil rights lawyer and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, draws on his extensive national political experience to unveil exactly how people of color and progressive whites add up to a new majority, and what this means for US politics and policy. Read more.