Conference: "Rules Change: Resetting the Playing Field for Corporations, People and Democracy"

May 3—May 5, 2013 3:00 pm-1:00 pm

All Campus

Bill Densmore

“Rules Change: Resetting the Playing Field for Corporations, People and Democracy,”  is a three day gathering organized by the UMass Donahue Institute at the request of U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Mass., and four non-profit policy groups.  McGovern will be a special guest at the event.

Hedrick Smith, author of the best-selling book “Who Stole the American Dream,” along with a special pre-recorded video of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren,  will kick off the conference on corporate “rules change” on Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium at UMass Amherst.

The goal of “Rules Change” is to assess mainstream ideas for changes in the way American corporations are regulated, managed and compete in five key categories: influence, measurement, ownership, accountability and governance.

“Rules Change is an attempt to assemble by rigorous, fact-based inquiry up to five working groups who could begin leading specific mainstream change projects,” says Dr. Michael Hannahan, director of the Donahue Institute’s Civic Initiative.  “It’s nonpartisan, and intended to facilitate ideas and seed actions, but without preconceptions.”

Principal co-convenors of “Rules Change” include the New Economy Coalition, Responsible Wealth and,  in addition to IPS. Also involved are corporate leaders, public officials, authors, policy analysts, scholars, students and concerned citizens.  The group Common Cause is also a co-sponsor.

“There’s a growing mainstream perception that America’s economic system can’t go on running as it has been,” says Bill Densmore, a co-convenor of the Rules Change Summit. “It may be time to consider changing the rules of the game so it works best for communities, employees and the environment, as well as for shareholders.”