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Dan Wilson has been a cult hero of American smart pop music since the late 1980s as guitarist with the bands Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic. He studied art at Harvard University, and after graduating, joined his brother Matt’s band Trip Shakespeare, which recorded three records for A&M. In 1995, Dan’s band, Semisonic, went on to score two hit singles (“Closing Time” and “Secret Smile”) which earned the group a platinum album. He has produced albums for Mike Doughty, Epic Hero, the New Standards and Storyville, and wrote several songs with Jewel, Jason Mraz and the Dixie Chicks, including the Chicks’ “Not Ready to Make Nice,” which in 2007 won the Grammy award as “Song of the Year.” Wilson is currently signed with Rick Rubin’s American Records. His solo album Free Life, featuring a guest appearance from Sheryl Crow, was released in fall, 2007.


Glasgow, Scotland born Jenni Wolfson is a human rights activist, writer and performer. She is currently the Acting Executive Director of WITNESS, an international human rights organization based in New York that uses the power of video and on-line technologies to expose human rights abuses. Prior to joining

WITNESS, Jenni worked for 12 years with the United Nations and UNICEF, including 3 years in Rwanda and 2 years in Haiti. Her field work involved investigating the genocide and human rights violations, as well as training the military, police, judiciary and NGOs in human rights standards. RASH marks her writing and acting debut.

THE MYTH OF FLATNESS / How Booms, Busts and Bridges are Shifting Perspective and Opportunity

PUSH 2008: The Fertile Delta, Session 1


The rise of new competitors and markets is an oft-discussed result of an increasingly interdependent global economy. But what we take for a smaller, flatter world also means that seemingly unrelated issues such as war, global warming and aging populations will converge on the future to close existing divides and open others. Whether slow–growing cracks or earth–shattering rumbles, economic fissures must be watched and measured, with one eye on the near and now, the other on the far and future.


Chandran Nair is a true internationalist, a conviction deepened by having lived in Asia, Europe and Africa. As founder and chief executive of GIFT, he has aired his opinions and viewpoints on BBC World and on Bloomberg. They have appeared in print in the Financial Times, the South China Morning Post, Asia’s leading English-language newspaper, The Economist and in other well-regarded publications. Nair has also spoken at forums around the world—of note, he presented to 100 CEOs hosted by the Prince of Wales aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia in Hong Kong in 1997. It is with the future in mind that Nair has devised the Young Leaders Programme (YLP), a leadership training project. Nair also teaches, and is a visiting scholar at Kellogg’s affiliate business school at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology on leadership in Asia. Nair was chairman of the top environmental consultancy in the Asia Pacific, ERM, until March 2004. He keeps in touch with his seminal interests in the well-being of the planet, advising the World Wildlife Fund in Asia, and the Jane Goodall Institute.


Katherine Marshall has worked for over three decades on international development, with a focus on issues facing the world’s poorest countries. She is a senior fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and Visiting Professor. She was a senior advisor for the World Bank from 1971 to 2006 and served earlier as Country Director in the World Bank’s Africa region and has led the Bank’s work on social policy and governance during the East Asia crisis years. Ms. Marshall also serves on the Boards of several NGOs and on advisory groups, is a core group member of the

Council of 100, an initiative of the World Economic Forum to advance understanding between the Islamic World and the West, also of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition, she serves on the board of IDEA (International Development Ethics Association) and is a Trustee of Princeton University. She has been closely engaged in the creation and development of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) and is its Executive Director.


A former government official specializing in international economics, Jonathan Greenblatt served as an aide in the Clinton White House and US Department of Commerce. Before joining the administration, Greenblatt worked on Gov. Bill Clinton’s first successful presidential campaign in 1992. Today, he serves as CEO of GOOD, a an acknowledged thought leader on ethical branding. Prior to his appointment to GOOD, Greenblatt co-founded Ethos Water, whose profits go to help children around the world get clean water. Greenblatt was appointed to the UNICEF Global Water and Sanitation Task Force in 2006. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University and the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University. Greenblatt is a frequent contributor to the award-winning blog, and has been interviewed and profiled in Business Week, Chicago Tribune, Investor’s Business Daily, National Public Radio, and the New York Times.