Conversation Starters

Core Problems in Education

The Hilton Head Institute is focusing on ways to communicate that identify the core underlying problems, explore and understand the full set of issues associated with those problems, and only then focus on solutions.  As Einstein said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” Without a shared understanding of the problem, there can be no agreement on a workable solution. Without clarity of the issues, there is argument, polarization, and ineffectual communication.

Polarization: How Washington Works
Chuck Todd, Moderator of Meet the Press, former NBC chief White House correspondent and author of the book, The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House

Ever wondered how Washington really works? Hear unprecedented first-hand accounts about a powerful political culture and the challenges to influence insiders, partisans and the old guard network. Grounded in hundreds of interviews with Washington sources, discover Todd’s intimate knowledge of how this city works or (more often, these days) fails to work.

The Forum, 2015

Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now
Douglas Rushkoff, Best-selling author, Present Shock
Amber Case, Digital Philosopher and author of A Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology

People spent the twentieth century obsessed with creating technologies that would connect us faster, gather news, map the planet and compile knowledge instantaneously. Well, the future’s arrived. Engage in a compelling discussion how digital technology has changed what it means to be human and thrown us into a new state of anxiety: present shock.

The Forum, 2015

What In the World Is Going On?
Dr. Barry Asmus, Senior Economist, National Center for Policy Analysis, author of Crossroads: The Great American Experiment and the newly released book, Poverty of Nations

Defining the issues America faces is the first step to finding solutions. Asmus has spent 25 years with research organizations monitoring 180 countries on economic freedom and trade. Discover what the future holds for America and what we must do to be a world class competitor.

The Forum, 2015

The Future of Healthcare
Mark Smith, MD, nationally-recognized health policy expert
The state of healthcare in America is at a critical crossroad due to extensive policy changes, societal shifts and technological advances. Hear from the innovative founder and former CEO of the California Healthcare Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality, increasing access, and reducing the cost of care. Engage in a revealing discussion about the challenges facing U.S. healthcare and how the future is changing medicine. This session is a precursor to a deeper exploration on healthcare that the Institute will present in January, 2016.

The Forum, 2015

Generations of Americans: Rhythms of History
Neil Howe, Economist and Generational Expert, author of The Fourth Turning

A startling vision into what the generational cycles of history predict for the future.

The Forum, 2015

American Exceptionalism: What Made Us Different?
Dr. Nigel Bowles, Director, Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford, and author of Government & Politics of the United States; The White House and Capitol Hill; and Nixon’s Business: Authority and Power in Presidential Politics.

Has America strayed from the principles that made us an exceptional nation? Gain a unique perspective from Bowles, who leads the largest Institute beyond America’s shores that examines the events and forces that have formed, and periodically reformed, America’s distinctive patterns of politics and policy. Engage in a discussion that explores how America has come to be the country that it is; what it does in the world; and the challenges before America in the twenty-first century.

The Forum, 2015