Join us on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. to hear Thomas Adair Rossman speak on the topic of the Global Innovation Revolution: A Worldview That Works. The event will take place in the Library of the Queens Pride House located at[masked]th Avenue, Suite 206, Jackson Heights, New York 11372.
ADMISSION FEE: $3.00 for Queens LP members; $5.00 for Non-Members.
If you are driving, arrive early to look for free street parking. There are also many 2-hour Muni-Meter spots and a nearby parking lot.
If you are coming by subway, use the IRT "7" Flushing Line and exit at 74th Street/Broadway. You can also use the IND "E", "F" or "R" Queens Blvd. Lines and exit at the Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Avenue stop.
If you get lost, call Dr. Tom Stevens on his cell phone at[masked]-7075.
The speech will cover the following topics:
1. The origins of Modern Prosperity (continuous improvement)
2. The Second Great Divergence: the disparity between political ideas and institutions and the unparalleled progress of most other disciplines over the past 200 years
3. The 2300 Years war --Top-down vs bottom-up perspective of society and analysis
4. Common Sense -- Returning to the animating spirit and disciplined method of the Framers (continuous improvement).
5. The Crisis-- Why the US became so polarized in the last 30 years and why that is getting increasingly worse and increasingly threatening to our future (aka why we don't learn from history)
6. The narrow, one-dimensional left-right political divide and its stagnate, co-dependent, sclerotic offspring of the status quo
7. The three barriers to intelligent, productive debate — ideological illusion, partisan division, special interests(aka self-interest wrongly understood)
8. The solution - a) Jettisoning the narrow, one-dimensional thinking of the current left-right status quo and embracing a Worldview that Works — GIR b) embracing a methodology of reality-based decision making(synthesis), replacing the current illusion-based decision making 1) methodology of synthesis is based on the original intention of ideology – which was guided by the scientific method and unifying vision of promoting continuous improvement: a) Synthesis = Objective observation, systematic analysis by taking what is good and useful from all sides, and experiment and testing.
9. Freedom isn't free, nor is it simple — illustrating how some of the best thinkers in the history of Liberty (Locke, Smith, Hayek, Friedman, Acton, Berlin) knew that it wasn't a simple, narrow, one-dimensional idea and that to enjoy the manifold benefits of the energy, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of liberty, there must be a robust framework in place to guard against fraud and abuse(i.e. Monopoly, regulatory capture, etc) and to do things that individuals could not do effectively or efficiently themselves.
10. A Call to Arms -- our way of life and the prosperity of future generations is being threatened by the current feckless incompetence in our political status quo. We must break this self-reinforcing cycle of ideological illusions, partisan divisions, and special interest bribery and embrace the original mission of the Framers of unparalleled liberty, opportunity and prosperity.
Tom Rossman is an emerging global thought leader in improving political and economic decision making and has spent his career studying and investigating how people around the world can think and interact more effectively. As a young executive in finance during the 1990's, Rossman was an early champion of developing markets, investing in the newly emerging countries of Latin America and Asia far ahead of the crowd. Following Communism's collapse, Rossman took a key role at the leading Turkish Investment Bank, Global Securities, in bringing American capital and investment to the developing markets of the Former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Turkey and North Africa. By assisting in the privatization process within Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, Rossman became an important link between Western capital and know-how in the early stages of modernizing these formally closed economic systems. First as an institutional advisor, and then as an independent consultant, he continued to advocate the sustainable development of democratic and stable free market institutions and expanding economic opportunity throughout the region. More recently, Rossman has provided a similar advisory role to major holding companies and financial institutions in the Middle East seeking to most effectively navigate through the volatility of the current financial crisis.
Mr. Rossman has spoken on these topics at conferences around the world in such diverse places as London, New York, Istanbul, Baku, Almaty, Bishkek, Tashkent, Stockholm, Washington D.C. and Houston and he has lived in both Turkey and Kuwait. He studied religion and history at Nyack College in Nyack, New York and did his Master's work in international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Massachusetts.
The reason why so many other fields of endeavor have experienced exponential advancement in the last 200 years , such as science, medicine, technology, etc…, while, at the same time, we have achieved virtually no progress in political ideas and institutions, is that those other fields adopted an overall worldview of continuous improvement and a method of reality-based analysis (how to determine what works and what doesn't), whereas in political and to a lesser extent, economic thinking, we have allowed a worldview based on ideology, partisan division and special interests to distort, divert and degrade intelligent, productive debate, ensuring that solutions are elusive. The left-right polarization is based on a narrow, one-dimensional perspective of the world and both sides are at fault for the incompetence prevades our governments.
This is what Modernity is all about -- Francis Bacon/the Scientific Revolution, John Locke, the Enlightenment, and the Founding Fathers were all striving towards- a society of continuously making life better for its citizens– which we now understand requires constant improvement through innovation, productivity and pluralism. These foundational elements of Modern progress and prosperity are undermined by ideological illusion, partisan division and special interests.
Transform your worldview and you can transform the world!!!!