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PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership, "Economic Reform in India," Has Released Its Final Report

To read the entire PBPL 85 report regarding economic reform in India on SlideShare, please click here.

The students in Public Policy 85, the inaugural Practicum in Global Policy Leadership, have delivered their final report with prescriptions for economic reform in India. The memo lays out a series of highly detailed recommendations ranging from introducing a national Goods and Services Tax (GST) to making significant new investments in education and infrastructure. The memo was written collaboratively by the 12 students participating in the course as a hypothetical “white paper” that could serve as an economic blueprint for the next Indian government. (There will be national elections in 2014.)

Don Casler '14 shares his experiences from India class trip during Winter Break

Don Casler '14, a contributing columnist for The Dartmouth, wrote about his experience in India as a part of Public Policy 85: Global Policy Leadership: Economic Reform in India. PBPL 85 is designed to provide real world international policy experience.

Twelve rising juniors and seniors were selected to study the 2013 topic: economic reform in India. During the fall term of 2013, the participating students studied this topic in depth, as they would for any other Dartmouth class. At the end of the fall quarter, the class, accompanied by Senior Lecturer Charles Wheelan '88, traveled to India. While there, students spent two weeks meeting with local policy leaders who could help inform their topic of study.
A short segment of Casler's article:

Rockefeller Center Students Share Experiences from India Class Trip During Winter Break

Students in Public Policy 85, Global Policy Leadership: Economic Reform in India, have been documenting their experience off-campus.  Public Policy 85 is designed to provide real world international policy experience.

Twelve rising juniors and seniors were selected to study the 2013 topic: economic reform in India. During the fall term of 2013, the participating students studied this topic in depth, as they would for any other Dartmouth class.

The unique aspect of the course is that at end of the fall quarter the 12 students and Senior Lecturer Charles Wheelan '88 travelled to India, where they have spent two weeks meeting with local policy leaders: politicians, academics, journalists, business leaders, U.S. diplomats, and other experts "on the ground" who can help to inform their topic of study.

At the conclusion of the international visit in December, the participating students are responsible for producing a single collaborative 30-40 page briefing memo with specific policy recommendations.

Recap: Dartmouth Alums visit RLF

This week's RLF session was headlined by three young alumni who discussed their views and perspectives on leadership having worked for a few years after Dartmouth. The lessons focused on how to build the skills necessary to become a leader, how to reflect on one's own experiences and leadership styles, and how to lead in organizations even when you're a new employee. 

Joseph Santo '10 discussed being able to 'lead from below,' which can be done if you take ownership of your work and set a good example for others. There is also a heavy reflective component of leadership as leaders have to be able to assess their own skills and reach 'self-mastery.' 

Christabell Makokha '11 argued that awareness is the cornerstone of good leadership, as leaders need to be able to understand themselves and the needs of others. Several of the speakers discussed setting goals, both for oneself and for the organization, and then following through to make these goals a reality. Shala Burroughs '05 cited the importance of developing professional networks, and how they can influence future career paths.

The New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg and Prof. Carey discuss “Ghosts in the Machine: Our Messed-up Constitution” on Nov. 18th

To quote Hendrik Hertzberg, “Suddenly, everyone agrees that our government is ‘dysfunctional.’ But nobody agrees on who or what is to blame. Tea Party Republicans? ‘Both sides’? Partisanship itself? Or maybe it goes deeper. Maybe the fault is not in ourselves but in our constitution, the very foundation of our government and how we make decisions as a nation.”
Hendrik Hertzberg, senior editor and staff writer at The New Yorker, will explore this controversy in his public lecture this Monday titled "Ghosts in the Machine: Our Messed-up Constitution". Hertzerg and Government Department Chair John Carey plan to discuss discuss idiosyncrasies in the U.S. system, covering topics such as elections, the Constitution, the current menu of reform options, and options that are informed by how other democracies operate.

John Landrigan, Associate Director of Foundation Relations, Visits PBPL 45

On Thursday, November 7, 2013, John Landrigan, Associate Director of Foundation Relations at Dartmouth College, visited Professor Ron Shaiko's PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research class. 

Landrigan explained the various interactions that the College has with the foundation world and gave a detailed description of the grant proposal process.  He informed the students of the various online resources available through the Dartmouth Library and provided useful tips on selecting foundations and crafting strong and effective grant proposals. 

The students' final class project involves crafting a grant proposal to fund a program that addresses a real world policy problem.  Students must utilize an existing organization on campus or an off-campus nongovernmental organization as their implementing entity and then select an actual foundation that would likely fund the proposal they draft.

John Landrigan speaks to PBPL 45

RLF Recap: Filter Bubbles - How We Process and Make Decisions

RLF had the honor this week of welcoming Mr. Curt Welling '71, chair of the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors and CEO of disaster relief nonprofit AmeriCares. His presentation provided meaningful insights into how we can better understand ourselves and perceive the world around us. His session focused on a concept coined by Eli Pariser's Ted Talk “Filter Bubbles.” 

Essentially, the web is supposedly an open forum of idea exchange and knowledge acquisition, but with the implementation of market strategies like personalized searches, technology has actually filtered out the things we don’t want to see/read/hear from our online interaction space. In the real world, this translates into our group affiliations, cultures, political ideologies, self-images, etc. wrapping us in filter bubbles that prevent us from critiquing our assumptions and exploring information that is uncomfortable or contrary to our own beliefs. 

Voxmasters Recap: PowerPoint Presentations and Visual Persuasion

As part of MLDP, we encourage student participants to attend other Rockefeller Center programs in order to enrich their Dartmouth experience. Read two student accounts of a Rockefeller Center program, and for more information about MLDP, click here.

This session of VoxMaster focused on designing and delivering effective Powerpoint presentations. Student discussion group leaders Shoshanna Silverstein ’15 and Sarah Ogren ’16 began the session by explaining the “do’s” and “don’ts” of successful Powerpoint slides. I learned that slides should summarize important points succinctly, use graphics to highlight essential ideas, and avoid excessive use of animation. When delivering a presentation, it is important to avoid blocking the projector, fidgeting, or simply reading off the slides. This part of the session underscored ideas discussed previously in the “Presentation Design for the User Experience” session of the Management and Leadership Development Program, such as the importance of catering a presentation to one’s specific audience.

MLDP Recap: Developing a Global Mindset with Christianne Wohlforth

Read a student's account of our most recent session in our Management Leadership and Development program below. For more information about MLDP, click here.

On October 29th, 2013, Dr. Christianne Wohlforth, the current Director of the Montgomery Fellows Program and Associate Director of the Dickey Center, delivered a presentation entitled “Developing a Global Mindset” to MLDP.

Dr. Wohlforth walked us through the importance of displaying both willingness and a readiness to embrace and adapt to any cultural environment in which we find ourselves. She began by asking the students how they viewed a “global mindset.” By framing the concept as a way of viewing the world, we were able to better understand how to approach different cultures with respect.

Public Program with David Levy '71 "No Time to Think"

In the last 20 to 25 years, the world has experienced a full-fledged technological transformation. With over 6 billion active mobile phone subscriptions and the widespread use of social media and online educational resources, there are few limits on the amount of time one can spend interacting with the world via today’s high-tech tools.
This near-constant absorption and dissemination of information has sparked progress and collaboration on many fronts. However, this perpetual stimulation has one other important consequence: humans are left with very little time to actually think.
David Levy ‘71, a Professor at the University of Washington’s Information School, explores this phenomenon in a Rockefeller Center lecture, “No Time to Think.” Levy will explore the significance of overwhelming external stimuli and information and present tactics that are currently being explored to moderate this new technological reality. An expert in the ethics of information technology and its affect on quality of life, Levy proposes solutions to what is known as ‘overload’ through contemplative practices.


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