Steven Mandis on “What Happened to Goldman Sachs: An Insiders’s Story” – Dec 13

“Steven Mandis on What Happened to Goldman Sachs:  An Insiders’s Story of Organizational Drift and its Unintended Consequences.”

This lecture is offered by the Museum of American Finance.  An audience Q/A follows the lecture and after the Q/A, we will have a “TalkAbout” on what we heard in the atrium next door, 60 Wall St.

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12 pm       Meet at inside entrance of  Museum of American Finance
1:30 pm   Meet at 60 Wall St. Atrium for “TalkAbout”

We will meet at the museum entrance at noon.  The discounted admissions fee is $5 (normally $8).  The fee includes access to the museum.  (Attendees are welcome to tour the museum on their own before or after the TalkAbout. Bring your own lunch because we are permitted to eat lunch during the lecture as this is one of the museum’s “Lunch and Learn Series”.)


60 Wall St. Atirium


Re-Designing New York City What Are Your Ideas? – Dec 12

Re-Designing  New York City
What Are Your Ideas?
Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross
Thursday,  Dec. 12,  4:00 sharp – 5:15 pm
Gottesman Library, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th St.
(bet. Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.  North side of 120th Street — Take  the #1 train to 116th St.) 
2nd floor Conversation Lounge
Please bring a photo ID required for entry to the building.
RSVP to reserve a place.
There will be a display of relevant books, and light refreshments
(Coffee etc.are  available  for purchase 
at the Cafe on your right as you enter the Library on the first floor)
Your life in New York City will be effected by the new Mayoral administration.   Here’s your chance to have your say.  What are your ideas for helping all of us to live together more enjoyably,  healthfully, safely, and productively?
The Talking Transition Project(* has invited us to discuss our future.  Such conversations have been taking place online, in the streets, at libraries throughout the city,  and in a big white tent thrown up Canal Street and Varick after the election (now closed).  
Mayor-Elect de Blasio has shown keen interest in the ideas coming out of these conversations, saying: “If you give people a chance to offer their ideas, you’ll find an extraordinary number of New Yorkers who have positive, productive ideas.”
To continue that discussion on the Teachers College campus, we invite YOUR thoughts, ideas, and suggestions:
What changes would you like to see in the area of city living of most interest to you?….e.g., our streets, parks, schools and colleges,  healthcare, local businesses, housing, immigrant integration, environment, law enforcement, rules, regulations, and priorities for spending public funds?

Output from our Conversation will be displayed afterwards at the Gottesman Library, to stimulate on-going discussion on campus, and will be transmitted to the transitions team.

Suggested Readings (optional):  If Mayors Ruled the World, by Benjamin Barber; Happy City by Charles Montgomery; Who’s Your City? and/or The Flight of the Creative Class,  by Richard Florida; and“Invisible Child” — series of articles appearing daily this week in theNew York Times — today’s installment, “A Future Resting on a Fragile Foundation,” on p. 1)
*The project is not a part of the de Blasio administration, but is an initiative of a group of foundations led by George Soros’ Open Society Program.

For more information about the Socratic Conversations:
NEXT CONVERSATION: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.