Commonwealth National Podcast

Innovation and Opportunity from Crisis: The Future Emerges


Innovation and Opportunity from Crisis: The Future Emerges

Paul Saffo, Technology Forecaster and Futurist
David Ewing Duncan, Contributing Editor and Columnist, Conde Nast Portfolio; Chief Correspondent, NPR's "Biotech Nation"; Director, UC Berkeley Center forLife Science Policy; Author, Experimental Man – Moderator
Drew Endy, Synthetic Biologist, Stanford University
Jonathan Wolfson, CEO, Solazyme
Richard Dare, CEO, Pacific Rim Partners

Even in the midst of economic freefall, there are signs of hope. As of January 2009, the United States has built a flying car, found ways to turn algae into fuel, synthetically reproduced organs, had face-to-face conversations with people on the other side of the planet, and built robots to do our house cleaning for us. Come find out how some of the smartest people in California are trying to innovate us out of disaster.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club on April 6, 2009