The Right Left UnConvention

What do the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, corporate executives, and citizen activists have in common?

This October, Future 500 and Corporate Responsibility magazine will find out, when we convene corporate, NGO, and political leaders from the left to the right, for an Unconvention to explore areas of conflict and potential common ground on energy, innovation, capitalism, and sustainable prosperity.

The UnConvention will bring together allies and adversaries, to explore iconoclastic ideas from across the political spectrum. The speakers will include renowned leaders who together defy political categorization, such as:

Date: Oct 2 - 3, 2012
Location: Cipriani Wall Street, New York City, NY
  • George M. Shultz

    George M. Shultz

    Former U.S. Secretary of State

    Via video.

  • David Stockman

    David Stockman

    Former Director of the Office of Management and Budget

  • Dennis McGinn

    Dennis McGinn

    Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (ret.)

  • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

    Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

  • Dr. Robert Shapiro

    Dr. Robert Shapiro

    Former U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce

  • Peter Schweizer

    Peter Schweizer

    Hoover Institution, Stanford University

  • Luigi Zingalez

    Luigi Zingalez

    University of Chicago Booth School of Business

  • John Perry Barlow

    John Perry Barlow

    Co-founder, Electronic Frontier Foundation

  • Joan Blades

    Joan Blades

    Co-founder, Co-founder

  • Dr. Elaine Kamarck

    Dr. Elaine Kamarck

    Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School


UnConvention Sessions

On the agenda for plenary and breakout discussions will be topics such as:

  • Crony Capitalism: Building Common Ground on Maximizing the Potential of the Free Market While Reducing Cronyism Favoring Privileged Industries, Individuals, & Firms.
    • Free-market capitalism has done more to advance human health, wealth, and well-being than almost any other institution in history. Yet, the excesses of the recent past have made many question the very institutions — like banks, regulators, and capital markets — that make the system work. They see a system biased in favor of the very few at the expense of the great many. How do we find common ground and secure the blessings of the free market for us and our posterity?
  • Dual Deficits Overcoming Society’s Mounting Fiscal & Sustainability Debts.
    • Was Thomas Malthus right? Will we eventually run out of food, fuel, and the rest of life’s essentials as the future becomes a bleak landscape of painful trade-offs and harsh conservation? Or can we innovate and grow our way out of these tough times to a brighter future for our society?
  • Energy Security: Safe, Stable, & Reliable Energy Sources to Fuel Our Economy.
    • Prosperity and energy are inexorably linked. America — and Britain before it and Rome before it — spends vast sums securing access to energy supplies to fuel the world economy. Without energy, growth stops. Yet current policy — foreign and domestic — often causes as many problems as it solves. How do we secure our energy and economic future in the 21st Century?
  • Digital Freedom: Securing an Online World that Generates Greater Innovation, Prosperity, & Freedom.
    • As more of our economic and civil society moves to a digital world, new challenges arise to security and personal freedom. For every Twitter-generated Tahrir Square there are the long shadows of events like Stuxnet raising the stakes with cyber warfare. As ever, stability and security are the preconditions of freedom, so now is the time for thinking people to sort out how we will ensure the security that will unleash the innovation, prosperity, and freedom of a more digital world.

Register for the UnConvention at Commit! 2012 here:





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