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      Interactive Dinner: Innovation in American Politics in Palo Alto

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      March 7, 2012

      Wednesday   6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

      1875 Embarcadero Road
      Palo Alto, California 94303

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      Interactive Dinner: Innovation in American Politics

      The world is fast becoming increasingly globalized and interconnected. The pace of innovation continues to accelerate. The accompanying disruption means the foreseeable future will be an era of increasing flux and ambiguity.

      This has huge implications for the way organizations function, favoring the more agile and adaptive entities. It begs the trillion dollar question: How will the US government navigate this generation of flux?

      Seth Resler, Internet radio host and founder of The Polylogue, will moderate a panel discussion on the current state of innovation in American politics. From the Republican Presidential Primary to the Occupy Wallstreet Movement, we'll explore game changing insights being applied to elections, government, and political protest.Panelists:

      Dr. Nicole Velasco - Currently an Assistant Professor of International Relations and Research Methods at Lee University, Velasco is a Stanford trained Political Economist who specializes in public finance; Velasco's research focuses on democratization and its relationship with interest group politics and power dynamics in legislative bodies.

      Dr. Thomas J. Buckholtz - Volunteered in national, regional, and local roles of a successful Presidential campaign. Served in the subsequent administration of President George H.W. Bush, and later made a suggestion that led to perhaps the first US nationwide grassroots movement catalyzed by a political party's National Committee. He brings perspective from innovations in business, government, technology, marketplace business practices, natural-resources conservation, and societal development.

      Josh Abend - Trained as an architect, turned industrial designer and corporate innovation pioneer. A colleague of the original CEF, Creative Education Foundation. He has been a VP of product design for 5 divisions of a Fortune 500 company and also headed SRI's Innovation Management Center. His current focus is on establishing professional requirements for the CIA "Corporate Innovation Architect" or Officer via his INNOVATION MASTERSĀ® LLC program.

      Peter Allen - Has worked as a Political organizer and communications strategist from the trenches of the 2008 Democratic Primary to heated battles for the City Council and County Board of Supervisors. He has spent the past few years developing a rich understanding of online social media tools and how they can be used to empower and mobilize people on behalf of a candidate, a cause, or a brand.

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