Photo description: Close-up of cherry blossom near Robarts Libary. Credit: Danny Kim.

This Month: May

Spring has finally sprung in Toronto and with it comes a flurry of activity here at the Martin Prosperity Institute.

As an institute focused on democratic capitalism, we are particularly interested in the outcome of, and implications stemming from, the upcoming French election. Our friend and Fellow, Mark Stabile, offers his view of the race from the perspective of a Canadian ex-pat living in Paris. In his view, France could have a significant role in writing the future of democratic capitalism in Europe and the institutions it spawns, or it could be the final blow from which the continent can never recover.

We’re eagerly anticipating the Canadian launch of Richard Florida’s latest book, the New Urban Crisis. Richard takes a long hard look at the benefits as well as the drawbacks to the urban revival and offers some prescriptive measures to tackle problems like soaring real estate prices and growing inequality. Make sure to grab a copy before our big event with Richard on May 8th, here at Rotman.

The next day (May 9th) MPI has the distinct pleasure of hosting New York Times’ reporters Catrin Einhorn and Jodi Kantor as well as Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and moderator Catherine Porter. The group will discuss Einhorn and Kantor’s stirring series of stories on Canada’s Syrian refugee resettlement program. Be sure to sign up for the event in advance as it is sure to be a packed house.

Tim Brown, IDEO CEO and design advisor to MPI joins us once again for the 19th annual Rotman Lifelong Learning Conference for Managers. He, along with a host of other speakers, are set to discuss how to “nudge” creativity within an organization. You can sign up for what’s certain to be a full day of thought provoking discussion here.

In case you missed it, Roger capped off the month of April with his latest piece for the Harvard Business Review, in which he ponders the question, “What if Investors Who Held Their Shares Longer Got More Voting Power?

As always please like, comment, and share any of the articles, podcasts, videos, and events that you’ve attended. The latest episode of Shiftdisturbers, the MPI podcast looks at the creative processes used by Richard, Roger, and Jennifer Riel as well as political analyst David Frum and Globe and Mail columnist Adam Radwanski. We’re always looking for better ways to share our work. Similarly, if there are things we should be reading or issues we should be following, let us know!

Thanks for checking in, until next month…

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