Opportunism: Transforming the World Economy, One Idea at a Time

Date: 2/28/2011
Time: 8:30am - 10:00am
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map

Presented by NYU Wagner and Farrar Straus & Giroux

Please join us for a dialogue with Shraga Biran, author of Opportunism: How to Change the World One Idea at a Time and Eduardo Porter, author of The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do.

“In today’s world, opportunity can no longer be viewed as a chance occurrence or as a starting point for competition in society. Rather, it is the raw material for a new era of abundance.”  More than natural resources, an impressive portfolio, or prime real estate, innovation, entrepreneurship and opportunity are today’s currency; physical assets are trumped by social and intellectual capital.  In the groundbreaking new book Opportunism: How to Change the World One Idea at a Time, Shraga Biran (founder of one of Israel’s leading law firms and a lifelong champion of civil rights and social justice) makes clear that the challenge now to government and society is to protect the creators of this new kind of wealth and to extend to all individuals the rights and stability necessary to own whatever opportunities they create as their private property.  At this event, Biran and Porter will discuss and explore the ideas in thier books, as well as what leaders in public service can do to extend
and protect opportunty for all global citizens.

A continental breakfast will be served.