GEM 2018 Themes & Keynote Speakers
 

At GEM 2018 our presenters and panels will explore topics and questions such as:

  • Will the automation of work facilitate or constrain the dissemination of productive knowhow to developing countries?
  • How can migrants become global agents of economic change for both home and host nations?
  • How do moral foundations, shared beliefs and implicit biases influence major policy choices?
  • How a "sense of us" impacts our views on migration, automation and how it has paved the way for current populist and authoritative political movements.

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we will look back at how some of the themes that emerged from past GEM meetings have become central debates in development today.

We are thrilled to welcome Jonathan Haidt and Steven Pinker as speakers this year. Check back for updates to the agenda and list of speakers.
 


Jonathan Haidt
Social Psychologist, Author

Steven Pinker
Cognitive Psychologist, Author

GEM 2017
 

The GEM17 theme, "the sense of us” and its implications for economies and societies, emerged as an observation from CID’s research and country engagements. Through our work in different parts of the globe, we have recognized that this concept has profound implications on economic development. Sessions allowed for wide-ranging discussions around what defines a society’s “sense of us,” how policymakers make decisions within the constraints of societal identity, and the importance of authentic leadership for building state capability and unlocking economic growth.

Watch the sessions and read our recap for more information on the presentations, along with photos and slides.

 

ABOUT

GEM identifies the major issues and ideas that could potentially revolutionize development paradigms but are not yet being discussed in the development sphere. In past years, these ideas have included:

  • Moral foundations and the "sense of us"
  • Migration, relatedness and cultural learning
  • Globalization and backlash of populism
  • Digitization of business
  • Using network science to solve problems in disease control, finance and growth
  • Bringing design thinking to bear to solve society’s complex problems
  • Psychology of scarcity and neuroscience of knowledge diffusion
  • Innovations in strengthening educational quality
  • New financial techniques to overcome traditional credit barriers in the developing world

Stay tuned for the agenda and topics for #GEM18.

Attendees at this invitation-only event have included sitting presidents, including President Alvaro Uribe from Colombia, to CEOs to leading philanthropists and heads of foundations, among numerous other high-level ministers from Saudi Arabia to Costa Rica, and senior officials at the World Bank, IMF and OECD.

Speakers are leaders and prominent thinkers in development and related fields. Past speakers include former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, Larry Summers, Michael Ignatieff, Richard Thaler, Steven Pinker, among many others.

The Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM) is the Center for International Development's (CID) premier event featuring cutting-edge research and initiatives in global development. GEM brings together 100 of the top business leaders, policymakers, and academics to engage around the challenges to securing inclusive and sustainable growth and the innovative ideas needed to solve them. GEM distinguishes itself on the originality of its ideas, the caliber of its speakers, and the engagement of its high-level attendees. In 2018 CID will host the 10th Annual GEM.


Participants consistently recognize GEM for the clarity and quality of its content and as the must-attend event to engage in development’s most pressing challenges with leading voices in field. GEM is recognized as a prime opportunity for networking across areas of development research and practice.

SPEAKERS

Check back for an updated list. View 2017 speakers and bios.

AGENDA

Tuesday, April 17th

Event typically begins at 4pm and concludes at 9pm.
Details TBA.

Wednesday, April 18th

Event typically resumes at 8am and concludes at 6pm.
Details TBA.

LOGISTICS

Guests can call (1-800-458-5886) or email the Harvard Square Hotel to make a reservation and reference Group Code 531540. There are also a limited number of rooms available at the Charles Hotel. Call 617-864-1200 or book online and reference HKSCENTERID2018. To take advantage of special rates, reservations must be received by March 18th, 2018. Availability is on a first come first serve basis.

 

A reception and dinner is planned for Tuesday, April 17th. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Wednesday, April 18th and the event will conclude with an evening reception. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know as soon as possible.

This is an invitation only event. If you have questions regarding registration or other information, please contact our Events and Outreach Manager, Andrea Hayes:

andrea_hayes@hks.harvard.edu
617-496-3794

Mailing address:
Center for International Development at Harvard University
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
USA

Questions and requests can be directed to the front desk:
Tel: +1 617-495-4112
Fax: +1 617-496-8753

HKS campus map

The event will take place at the 
Harvard Kennedy School, on the 5th floor of the Taubman Building in the Allison Dining Room and Nye Conference Center (79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138).
The Kennedy School's campus is located near Harvard Square, Cambridge, in four buildings next to the Charles River. 

We suggest using public transportation (subway, buses or taxis) to get to Harvard Square, as there are few parking lots in the area.

By Plane

The Kennedy School is only a few miles away from Boston's Logan International Airport.

A taxi ride from the airport should take 20-30 minutes and cost approximately $35.

To use public transportation, take the free MBTA shuttle bus to Airport Station, and then transfer to the Subway (or T, as it is more commonly known). Take the inbound Blue Line train (direction Bowdoin) four stops to Government Center. Change to any outbound Green Line train (direction Boston College, Cleveland Circle, Riverside, or Heath Street) for one stop to Park Street Station. Change to the outbound Red Line train (direction Alewife) for four stops to Harvard Square. Follow the maps for walking directions. The subway ride costs $2 and takes about 45 minutes.

If you are driving yourself from the airport, please follow the directions "From Logan" in the "By Car" section.

By Train or Taxi

The Kennedy School is convenient to Boston’s three main Amtrak stations.

From South Station a taxi ride should take 15-20 minutes and cost approximately $20.

South Station is also convenient to Cambridge via subway. Take the Red Line (direction Alewife) six stops to Harvard Square. The subway ride should take about 15 minutes and costs $2.

From North Station a taxi ride should take 15-20 minutes and cost approximately $20.

If you wish to take public transport take any outbound Green Line train (direction Boston College, Cleveland Circle, Riverside, or Heath Street) for three stops to Park Street. Change to the outbound Red Line train (direction Alewife) for four stops to Harvard Square. Follow the maps for walking directions. The subway ride costs $2 and takes about 25 minutes.

From Back Bay Station a taxi ride should take 10-15 minutes and cost approximately $15.

If you wish to take the subway, take the Orange line inbound (direction Oak Grove) for three stops to Downtown Crossing. Change to the outbound Red Line train (direction Alewife) for five stops to Harvard Square. Follow the maps for walking directions. The subway ride costs $2 and takes about 25 minutes.

Walking from Harvard Square Subway Station
The Kennedy School is a quick walk from Harvard Square Station. As you come out of the station in Harvard Square head to your left down John F. Kennedy St. and continue down the street for three blocks. The Kennedy School is on the corner of John F. Kennedy Street and Eliot Street.

By Car

From Logan Airport

Exit Logan Airport and follow the signs to I-90 West. Take exit 20, Brighton/Cambridge. Stay right after the toll and follow Cambridge signs for Storrow Drive West. At the traffic light (Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel will be on your right) take a left onto Soldiers Field Road. Follow for approximately one-half mile. Take Harvard Square - Cambridge exit and follow it across the Charles River. Continue straight through the first traffic light. You will now be on John F. Kennedy Street. The first building on your left is the Kennedy School.

From Route 128 or I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike)

Take Route 128 to the Mass Pike East. Take exit 18, Allston/Brighton (exits left). Stay right after the toll and follow Cambridge signs to Storrow Drive West. At the traffic light (Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel will be on your right) take a left onto Soldiers Field Road. Follow for approximately one-half mile. Take Harvard Square - Cambridge exit and follow it across the Charles River. Continue straight through the first traffic light. You will now be on John F. Kennedy Street. The first building on your left is the Kennedy School.

From Route 2

Follow Route 2 East to Cambridge, it changes from a major highway to a four-lane thoroughfare. You will travel from Alewife Brook Parkway, to Fresh Pond Parkway and eventually Memorial Drive, but the road will still be marked as Route 2 East. Once you reach the Charles River, turn left onto Memorial Drive (at the Charles River). Turn left again at the sign marked "Harvard Square," which is John F. Kennedy Street. The first building on your left is the Kennedy School.

NOTE: Memorial Drive is closed to traffic on Sundays from 11a.m.-7p.m. (The closure is in effect from the last Sunday in April until the second Sunday in November.) During this time, you will need to take Storrow Drive (across the Charles River) and follows signs for Harvard Square.

From the North - Routes 95, 1 or 93

Follow Route 95 South to Route 1 South. Route 1 continues for several miles, crosses the Tobin Bridge and then merges with Route 93 South. Once on 93 South, take exit 26 and follow signs for Storrow Drive West. Stay to the right on Storrow Drive for approximately 4 miles. Take Harvard Square - Cambridge exit and follow it across the Charles River. Continue straight through the first traffic light. You will now be on John F. Kennedy Street. The first building on your left is the Kennedy School.

From the South - Routes 93, 1 or 3

Follow Routes 93/1/3 North to Mass Pike West (towards Worcester). Take exit 20, Allston/Brighton. Stay right after the toll and follow Cambridge signs to Storrow Drive West. At the traffic light (Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel will be on your right) take a left onto Soldiers Field Road. Follow for approximately one-half mile. Take Harvard Square - Cambridge exit and follow it across the Charles River. Continue straight through the first traffic light. You will now be on John F. Kennedy Street. The first building on your left is the Kennedy School.

COLLABORATORS
The Center for International Development at Harvard University is grateful to The MasterCard Foundation for generously supporting our mission through the Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM17).