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#007: Rachel Lipson on America’s Hidden Economic Engines: Community Colleges
On this episode, we talk with Rachel Lipson about the community college system in the US. Rachel was until recently co-founder and director of the Harvard Project on Workforce, an interdisciplinary, collaborative project across the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.Rachel and Robert Schwartz, Professor Emeritus at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, are editors of an upcoming volume titled "America’s Hidden Economic Engines: How Community Colleges Can Drive Shared Prosperity".On this episode we talk with Rachel about the potential of community colleges in powering the economy, including:- how they fit into their local economic development ecosystems- how some community colleges around the country have innovated- the institutional constrains that prevent them from being as powerful as they can be.Schwartz and Lipson’s book published by the Harvard University Press will be available later this Spring. See episode notes for more details (including pre-ordering links and individual case studies) and other references from the episode! Learn more about the Reimagining the Economy project: http://reimagining-the-economy.hks.harvard.eduAmerica’s Hidden Economic Engines: How Community Colleges Can Drive Shared ProsperityThe Project on the Workforce at HarvardGeorgetown University Center on Education and the WorkforceNOVA (North Virginia Community College)Mississippi Gulf Coast Community CollegeProject QuestYear UpLorain County Community CollegePer ScholasRedesigning America’s Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success; Thomas R. Bailey, Shanna Smith Jaggars, Davis Jenkins
#006. Lisa Nandy: UK's Levelling Up, progressive politics, and localism
We kick off 2023 with Lisa Nandy, a member of UK's Labour Party and Member of Parliament for Wigan since 2010. She serves as the Shadow Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing, Communities & Local Government. In the past, she has also served as Shadow Foreign Secretary, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and Shadow Minister for Education.In this episode, Lisa talks to us about:- the UK’s productivity challenges and its 'leveling up' agenda- the politics of economic reforms, and why progressives globally are unable to understand the level of economic discontentment- how she looks back at the economic legacies of Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown- the "everyday economy" that is the backbone of our modern economy- regional inequalities and regionalism in the UK- how to to devolve power and build state capacity Lisa has a new book out titled "All In: How We Build a Country that Works", where she unpacks the range of socioeconomic challenges that the UK faces, including the winners and losers from globalization, regional inequalities, and underinvestment, and outlines a vision for inclusive development. https://www.harpercollins.com/products/all-in-how-we-build-a-country-that-works-lisa-nandy?variant=40704030408738. Learn more about the Reimagining the Economy project: http://reimagining-the-economy.hks.harvard.edu
#005. Danny Kennedy: The clean energy transition, local coalitions, equity and the green economy workforce
In this episode, we discuss the transition to clean energy with guest Danny Kennedy. Danny is the CEO of New Energy Nexus, a global platform organization for funds and incubators with chapters around the world. Danny has spent 25 years playing different roles to facilitate the transition to clean energy. He also co-hosts, with Cate Blanchett, "Climate of Change", an Audible original podcast. In this episode, we talk about:how activism and innovation enable each other to facilitate change,the challenges faced by clean energy entrepreneurs,the importance of taking a localized ecosystem approach,workforce development considerations for the clean energy economy, andhow we can ensure that local & indigenous communities participate more fully in the new energy economy, with the example of the Navajo NationLinks:- Climate of Change with Cate Blanchett and Danny Kennedy: https://www.audible.com/pd/Climate-of-Change-with-Cate-Blanchett-and-Danny-Kennedy-Podcast/B09WF8DHQR- The importance of focusing on jobs and fairness in clean energy transition, https://www.iea.org/commentaries/the-importance-of-focusing-on-jobs-and-fairness-in-clean-energy-transitions- Building Lithium Valley: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead for Developing California’s Battery Manufacturing Ecosystem, New Energy Nexus, https://www.newenergynexus.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/New-Energy-Nexus_Building-Lithium-Valley.pdf- Danny Kennedy, How the Navajo got their day in the sun, https://www.greenbiz.com/article/how-navajo-got-their-day-sun Learn more about the Reimagining the Economy project: http://reimagining-the-economy.hks.harvard.edu
Piero Ghezzi has worn many hats. An economist and an entrepreneur, he has also served as the Minister of Production of Peru, where he designed and implemented a novel methodology - Mesas Ejecutivas - to implement productive development policies through public-private collaboration. Ghezzi tells us about the thinking behind this methodology, the process of implementing it, and how it helped address a range of public-public coordination failures and built trust between the government and the private sector. We also talk about the risk of elite capture and the need to build state capacity across all levels of governance. And, of course, we discuss all of this in the context of Peru’s economic development challenges, including regional imbalances and informality. Learn more about the Reimagining the Economy project: http://reimagining-the-economy.hks.harvard.edu
#003. Rodrick Miller: Economic development following a crisis
Rodrick Miller is a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, where he engages with a range of initiatives, including Reimagining the Economy. He is also the President & CEO of Ascendant Global Consulting. Miller has spent the last 20 years leading a range of economic development agencies across the US, including Invest Puerto Rico, the Detroit Economic Growth Organization, the New Orleans Business Alliance and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. https://www.iedconline.org/index.php?src=directory&view=staff&submenu=events&srctype=detail&back=staff&refno=1551 In this fascinating and wide ranging discussion, Rod shares his experience leading regions like Puerto Rico, Detroit and New Orleans through and after periods of economic shock. We also dive into several other topics:- the economic development landscape across the country- political pressures on economic development- local experimentation, coordination challenges and institutional arrangements Learn more about the Reimagining the Economy project: http://reimagining-the-economy.hks.harvard.edu
Policy Works investigates the myriad moving parts (the institutions, actors, and systems) through which economic development policies are implemented. Policy Works is hosted by the Reimagining the Economy team at Harvard Kennedy School.
The Reimagining the Economy project explores local labor market, industrial, and development policies, combined with practitioner insights, to produce multidisciplinary scholarship to reshape narratives about how we achieve inclusive prosperity. It is co-led by Faculty Co-Directors Gordon Hanson and Dani Rodrik, and Rohan Sandhu.
This podcast is a platform for in-depth conversations with frontline agents in economic development, both in and out of government: leaders of economic development agencies, workforce development boards, community development nonprofits, small business development centers, philanthropies and foundations, and others. Through these conversations, we shed light on a range of questions about the practice of economic development: How does policy work? What does it take to activate economic development? What forms of institutional arrangements, coordination mechanisms, knowledge sharing and experimentation enable economic development? And when is it elusive?
Learn more about the Reimagining the Economy project: http://reimagining-the-economy.hks.harvard.edu