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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

MLDP Recap: Power of Strategic Planning


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 February 28, 2012, Marty Jacobs, CEO of Systems In Sync, delivered a talk on the
importance of strategic thinking. Opening the session, Jacobs asked MLDP participants to think
about the question, "as an up-and-coming leader, why is it important for me to learn about
strategic planning?" Overall, Strategic planning allows the management leadership to think
holistically about the whole picture, rather than getting caught up in minute details. It means
results-based action plans and engaging with internal and external stakeholders.

Jacobs outlined important drivers of strategic planning (Mission, Vision, and Values) and the steps to strategic process: start with a vision, assess current reality, engage shareholders, brainstorm goals,
prioritize goals, develop action steps, and implement an evaluation plan. After presenting the
structure of strategic planning, Jacobs provided two sample strategic plans from separate
organizations and encouraged students to think about the pros and cons of each plan. As a final
takeaway point, Jacobs ended with a case study based on student interests while using the
planning tool to guide discussion. Overall, I felt that the practical application of the process was
a great way to cement and synthesize the steps and capture the core ideas of strategic planning,
and the presentation has a large amount of cross-applicability to personal life goals and
achievements.

-Betty Huang '14

MLDP Recap: Etiquette Dinner

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.

            Robert Shutt’s Etiquette Dinner, sponsored by the Management and Leadership Development Program and catered by the Hanover Inn, was an extremely effective and enjoyable event.  After spending the first half hour networking with a range of Dartmouth undergraduate and Tuck School of Business students, the approximately forty participants were presented with a range of helpful business dining guidelines, along with an excellent meal.

            Over the course of the next two hours, Mr. Shutt made manners entertaining and applicable.  From napkin and utensil placement to the proper means of passing bread and condiments, I am confident that each attendee became more confident in the nuances of mannered dining.

            Each course, from soup to salad, entrée to dessert, provided new insights into a business dining experience, as well as new challenges posed with each type of food.  We were expertly guided through many possible scenarios.  From the mundane case of dropping a napkin off your lap to the truly 
embarrassing situation of spilling a drink on someone else, I learned that any event can be navigated with poise.

            I particularly appreciated the point that business dinners should be treated separately from social dining experiences.  This was especially helpful since, as a woman, social etiquette often dictates that I be treated differently than my male peers.  It was important to me that in this business setting, I recognized that I could expect to be regarded as any other member of the organization would be.

The experience that Mr. Shutt provided us was entertaining, but more importantly it created a level of comfort for me when I inevitably dine in a business setting.  Instead of becoming nervous because of a small mistake or unforeseen circumstance, I will have a set of guidelines to fall back on.

-Victoria Tersigni '14

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

MLDP Recap: Using Social Media to Build Your Brand

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.

            Danielle Thompson, Assistant Director at the Rockefeller Center, presented about the growing importance of social media in creating a personal brand. Thompson began with a spoken self-introduction. She described her background, her experience at Dartmouth, and her journey to the Rockefeller Center. She also shared her values with the audience. However, after the spoken introduction she presented a picture of her children and a video about her grandfather’s 60th marriage anniversary. She used the image and video in order to connect to the audience and reach out to them. Moreover, she gave the audience a context from which her story developed rather than talking about. In this way, she illustrated how social media aids the formation of a personal brand.

            Thompson emphasized through example and lecture that social media enables one to build a narrative of who you are by describing who you are, what is important to you, and what you can offer to others. Furthermore, social media helps connect you to people depending what you have to offer. Therefore, she emphasized self-reflection. You must know your skills, passions, and goals. This will help distinguish you in a sea of applicants. In addition, one will be able to connect and work with people better because one can convey who they are easily.

            Social media therefore becomes critical because the more people you know, the more you are able to do. Thompson noted that a poll from 2010, indicated that the success of many organizations depended on social media. She stated that social media helps people connect and find a “tribe” or a group of people who share your interests.  She introduced the audience to the use of Google Alert, blogs, Pinterest, Twitter, and LinkedIn. She illustrated how the use of each of these social media sites/tools can help one join a “tribe”. These forms of communication enable one to read articles about their interests or simply get information pertaining to their interests. In addition, by getting involved through commenting on blogs or creating blogs and videos, one is then able to join a group and connect with people who share their passions, goals, or interests. Furthermore, using social media in these ways helps create and promote a personal brand by telling a story of who you are and what you do.  It also allows people to remember you, recall you, and recommend you. 

Thompson articulated that social media is the single most important way to establish your credibility, authenticity, and niche.  At the end of the session, she prompted all the member of the audience to find a blog, create a Google Alert, and find a blog pertaining to their interest in Pinterest or Twitter. Lastly, she encouraged members in the audience to get involved in any aspect of social media and create three action steps that will get them closer to using social media as a toll for creating a personal brand. To sum up her presentation, she asked that members of the audience reflect and refine their interests and passions in order to make them a part of their personal brand. 

-Dieymabou Barry '14

Monday, February 27, 2012

Rocky Recap: Careers in International Affairs-U.S. Intelligence

Read a student's account of our CIA Event co-sponsored with Career Services. For more information about our public programs, click here.


For students who are interested in providing information to inform the decisions of U.S. policymakers, they should consider a career in U.S. intelligence agencies. Specifically, students can work for as a Central Intelligence Agency information analyst to gather and analyze information regarding national security and then forward their findings to policymakers and members of the executive branch.

Undergraduate students can apply for paid internships that will prepare them for a career in the CIA; internships will begin in the summer and continue through a proceeding academic semester - a total of two semesters - to train as a future analyst. Internships lead directly to a job as an analyst. Careers in the CIA are secure and allow for flexibility in regards to work hours and world travel.

The prospect for becoming an analyst seemed very exciting to me - analysts get to take the most current events, gather information, and then process the information to help national security. However, this kind of a job is also suited for a very specific type of person: analysts write a lot of papers for the first few years, and then they will be perpetually traveling to different front lines all over the world without much of a choice. The selection process is very competitive, and requires a lot of commitment and complete loyalty and confidentiality. Although analysts get to experience a lot of new, military cutting- technology, their lives are not accurately portrayed in the movies, where they seem like modern ninjas. Analysts are not like agents - they just process and present information (although this may at times be from areas of violence). For students who wish to inform decisions by the executive branch, have a career of constant traveling, writing papers using critical thinking skills, then this job would fit such interests.

-Joseph Miller '14

Saturday, February 25, 2012

MLDP Recap: Developing a Global Mindset



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.
During Chris Wohlforth's session on Developing a Global Mindset this past Tuesday, MLDP participants discuss ways they way become aware of cultural differences in their interactions with clients, bosses, and colleagues. An important question Wohlforth discussed was how to consciously assimilate or not assimilate into cultures and the spectrum of cultural openness for individuals.
Dr. Christianne Hardy Wohlforth, Acting Director of Dickey Center for International Understanding led this session entitled, "Developing a Global Mindset." The goals of this session were to develop an
understanding of what a global mindset is, learn to recognize cross-cultural experiences and associate
them with learning opportunities, to explore different ways to prepare oneself to be affective in cross-
cultural experiences, and to create a customized roadmap to help on attain a global mindset. Dr.
Wohlforth opened up the session by asking what everyone remembered from their last session. She
received an adequate amount of feedback and she explained her purpose in asking this question. She
wanted to make sure that people would actually remember the information she was about to share. Dr. Wohlforth proceeded in asking everyone to think about a time when they felt different and to connect with how feeling like an outsider made them feel. She then explained that coping mechanisms used in domestic settings can also be applied to global experiences.

Dr. Wohlforth explained that skills, values and context make global leadership distinctive. She then
remarked that the eight essential skills being taught through the Management Leadership Development Program (vision, communication-personal and in teams, motivating others, problem solving, critical thinking, diversity awareness, strategic planning and systems thinking and respect) could all be culturally defined. In other words, these skills help in developing a global mindset. Dr. Wohlforth then played a video of Dartmouth students sharing their experiences of going into a new cultural context. The purpose of this video was to explore expectations vs. reality. All in all, the realities of their experiences were different from that of their expectations. From this Dr. Wohlforth explained that all experiences are learning opportunities.

The next part of the session focused on Intercultural sensitivity, which is how people experience
differences. She explained that functions of this are interest in other cultures, sensitivity to notice
cultural differences and willingness to modify behavior as an indication of respect for other cultures. Dr. Wohlforth then spoke about the Intercultural Sensitivity Continuum (Denial ‡ Defense ‡ Minimization ‡ Acceptance ‡ Adaptation ‡ Integration). She instructed that in order to move along the continuum one must work on the functions of intercultural sensitivity.

The MLDP Participants then broke into groups of roughly three and analyzed cross cultural dialogues in order to recognize cultural misunderstandings that were taking place and to learn from them. After coming back together, Dr. Wohlforth went over the dialogues and talked about dimensions to think about (status hierarchy, gender roles, cultural norms, political environments and history).  The session closed with Dr. Wohlforth distributing a handout with questions to help everyone create a personalized road map to a global mindset.

-Chauna Pervis '14

Thursday, February 23, 2012

How health care information technology can save babies; Patient Safety and Acute Kidney Injury - Recent Topics of Health Policy Faculty Workshops


On January 19, 2012, the Health Policy Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Amalia Miller, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Virginia.  Her talk was entitled, "Can Health Care Information Save Babies?".  Dr. Miller discussed the role health care information technology as it pertains to successful child-birth. 

According to Professor Ellen Meara, "Amalia Miller's talk on Health IT and neonatal outcomes spurred a lively and informative debate that helped us all think about the potential for IT to improve health outcomes, how privacy laws can have unintended health consequences, and methodological considerations that help us interpret neonatal outcomes we observe in communities around the country."



On February 3, 2012, the Health Policy Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Jeremiah Brown, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. His talk was entitled, "Patient Safety and Acute Kidney Injury.” Dr. Brown discussed his work on Patient Safety and Acute Kidney Injury with an emphasis in qualitative and quantitative health services research and improvement.

Health Policy Faculty Workshops are jointly sponsored by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

The next workshop in this series will be held on Friday, March 2 at TDI (35 Centerra, 3rd floor conference room), and will feature Samir Soneji, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.  Dr. Soneji will be discussing the topic of "Assessing Progress in the Burden of Cancer".

Panel on Saturday 2/25: "Public Lawyering: Which Paths Can I Take?" with Dinner

The Dartmouth Law Journal is a student-run organization, and they will be hosting their main event of the winter term this weekend.  This is the information about that program, as submitted by the Dartmouth Law Journal.  A great opportunity to learn about different ways you can translate a law degree into a career.

Public Lawyering: Which Paths Can I Take?
over a Yama's Dinner
Saturday, February 25th from 6-7pm
Haldeman 041

Come hear about six different career paths in public law over a Yama's Dinner.
There will be opportunities to ask questions and speak directly with the panelists afterwards!

Moderator: Sonu Bedi
Assistant Professor of Government, Dartmouth College 

1. Laurie Beyranevand
Topic: Vermont Legal Aid
Associate Professor of Law
 
2. Alex Banks
Topic: Domestic and Youth-related Issues
Staff Attorney and Assistant Professor of Law, South Royalton Legal Clinic

3. Robert B. Donin
Topic: Higher Education (student affairs, affirmative action, and intellectual property)
Dartmouth General Counsel

4. Susan Apel
Topic: Medical/Legal Issues and Family/Women's Issues
Professor of Law and Director of the General Practice Program

5. Tracy Bach
Topic: Environmental Law
Professor of Law

6. Greg Johnson
Topic: LGBT Issues and Civic Engagement
Director of Legal Writing
Professor of Law
Vermont Law School: Employment by Job Type, Class of 2010 (from their web site)

“What Is Wrong (and Right) with Congress? A Critique by Two Former Congresswomen" on Monday, Febrary 27th at 4:30 PM

With current approval ratings at 12% and partisan deadlock preventing the U.S. Government from addressing such pressing issues as budget deficits and the national debt, many Americans have become disillusioned with the members of Congress they elected and the bureaucratic institution that seems too divided to serve the country. Former Congresswomen Beverly Byron and Sue Kelly will speak about their time in Congress, and the current state of the institution.

The Congress to Campus Program was founded as an opportunity for two former members of Congress, one Republican and one Democrat, to visit colleges and interact with students, drawing from their experiences to impart wisdom and insight on the future leaders of tomorrow. As part of the visit, the former members of Congress also participate in a public forum, open to students, faculty, staff, and community members.

The Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth is proud to welcome former Congresswomen Beverly Byron and Sue Kelly.


Former Congresswoman Beverly Byron (D-MD)

Beverly Byron served as Congresswoman for Maryland from 1979-1993. Throughout her long and distinguished career, Byron was respected for her ability to reach across the aisle and make legislative compromises with members of both parties. Her specific interests focused on military policy, where she served as head of the Armed Services subcommittee and chaired the House Special Panel on Arms Control and Disarmament. 

Former Congresswoman Sue Kelly (R-NY)

Sue Kelly served as Congresswoman for New York from 1995-2007. She used her time in office to focus on corporate accountability, serving on the Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. She cosponsored the Sarbanes-Oxley Corporate Reform bill aimed at stricter corporate accountability, and in 2004 founded the Congressional Anti-Terrorist Financing Task Force to combat the financiers of terrorist cells. Kelly also served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and championed women’s rights as the chief House sponsor of the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998.

Please join us for former Congresswomen Beverly Byron and Sue Kelly’s forum, “What Is Wrong (and Right) with Congress? A Critique by Two Former Congresswomen,” in Rockefeller 001 at 4:30 pm, February 27, 2012.

Applications Due 3/1 for Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Fellowship 2012 - 2013

Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Fellowship, 2012 - 2013

For Juniors graduating in 2014 or Seniors graduating in 2013, the Deadline is:
Thursday, March 1, 2012

Applications are available online.

You can either email Jane DaSilva or deliver completed applications to Rockefeller Hall, Rm 203 by 4:00 pm on March 1st.

The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Fellowship enables one student from Dartmouth to participate in a year-long program from campus.  The selected fellow will also attend two separate conferences in Washington, D.C. to meet with some of the nation’s leading policy officials and legislatures.

It is a unique opportunity to study the U.S Presidency, the public policymaking process, and our Chief Executive's relations with Congress, allies, the media, and the American public, through on-campus research and off-campus conference participation.

At these conferences, the Fellows have the opportunity to discuss national issues with presidential scholars and White House Fellows, are briefed by senior government officials and nationally recognized policy experts, and prepare and present an original research paper on the topic of their choosing.


The 2011-2012 CSPC Fellow is Jeremy Kaufmann ’12.  You can read his biography, as well as the biography of previous CSPC Fellows at our web site.  Previous research papers are also available online.

For more information, you can visit the CSPC website.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Thursday 2/23 Events: Careers in US Intelligence, Human Rights Activism, Gun Free Zones. [Student Entrepreneurs POSTPONED to 2/27]

We hope that you will make time on Thursday, February 23rd to attend one of several exciting events listed below!

 CAREERS IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
*U.S. Intelligence*

Panelists include:
**Senior officer in the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence
**Past Dartmouth interns with the CIA
**moderated by Government Professor, Brian Greenhill

Thursday, February 23rd
4:30pm, Rocky 001

Join us to learn more about work in U.S. and international intelligence at the CIA and beyond.  Hear valuable insights about internships, scholarships, and other paths toward work in the field as well as advice on skills related to this work, tips for getting your foot in the door, and an opportunity to network with professionals in the field.


PoliTALK Presents:
PoliTalk will have a special guest on Thursday who will be talking about her experience 
as a lobbyist and a human rights activist at the United Nations.


THIS THURSDAY (NOTE TIME/LOCATION CHANGE from regular Thursday evening meetings)
7:30-8:30 PM, ROCKY 2


Amanda Pirih is the North American Director for the World Youth Alliance, a global coalition of young people dedicated to promoting and defending the human person.  She graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor's in Materials Science and Engineering.  Her presentation will highlight the need for placing the human person at the center of international developments.  She will demonstrate how solidarity at the most local level can have a global impact. She will also highlight her experience as a lobbyist working at the United Nations on behalf of global development issues. Dinner Provided (from The Orient)


"Do Gun Free Zones make places safer?"
Thursday, 7 pm
Rocky 003
John Lott will be delivering a presentation on whether gun free zones increase public safety.Co-sponsored by the College Libertarians and the Rockefeller Center.

Nobel laureate Milton Friedman once said that "John Lott has few equals as a perceptive analyst of controversial public policy issues." Newsweek has referred to Lott as "The Gun Crowd's Guru." Lott has held research positions at academic institutions including the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, and Rice.  He was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission during 1988 and 1989. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals related to his research areas, and has authored seven books, including "More Guns, Less Crime", "The Bias Against Guns" and "Freedomnomics."  Lott earned his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA in 1984. He currently has a son attending Dartmouth.


*** POSTPONED TO MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27th ***
How to be a Campus CEO
Monday, February 27th

6-7 PM, Rocky 003
Free Pizza
Panel Speakers: Riley Ennis and Gary Le
Moderator: Noah Bond, Dartmouth Chapter of the Kairos Society

Balancing school, sports and a social life is hard enough, but on top of that running a company seems impossible. Come hear from two campus CEOs about how to get your own ideas up and running and turn your post-it-note ideas into a million dollar business and still remain in school. This panel will be a relaxed discussion over some dinner, so feel free to join in if you’re curious!

Riley Ennis is the CEO of a biotechnology startup, Immudicon LLC. In high school Riley worked for three years on a cancer vaccine that teaches the immune cells of the body to recognize and remove tumors. His work caught the attention of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Sheikh Zayed Institute, the INOVA research foundation, and the former SVP of Pfizer. In addition, he worked to receive over $10,000 in initial funding to start Immudicon, which is focused on licensing the cancer vaccine platform technology. The vaccine has been recognized by the Intel International Science Fair, BIO Convention’s BioGENEius Challenge, AXA Equitable Achievement Award, National Young Inventors Gallery, and the Virginia Academy of Science.

Riley is currently a freshman at Dartmouth College. He wants to double major in economics and biomedical engineering. He is on the executive board of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Society and a fellow for the Kairos Society.

Gary Le is the founder of PowerTestPrep, a company that provides standardized test prep tutoring from top 1% SAT and ACT scorers. PowerTestPrep has served customers in 11 states, and has done subcontracting work in 4 Chinese cities. It has also launched a division in China to directly enter the foreign test prep market. His company was recognized at the Kairos Global Summit.

Gary plans on pursuing a double major in economics and computer science. He got his first taste of entrepreneurship as a freshman in high school, by creating ChineseYoYoWorld.com. It is now one of the largest distributor of Chinese yoyos and diabolos in the US. In his free time, he enjoys freestyle skiing and started a freestyle ski and snowboard club this term.

Noah Bond is a sophomore at Dartmouth College. He took a year off between his freshman and sophomore years to work for a non-profit in the Bay Area focusing on LGBT youth development and gay rights. During that time he developed an interest in social enterprise and non-profit consulting, later returning to Dartmouth to co-found The Seeds Consulting Group, a student run organization that helps other non-profits and start-ups in areas such as financial management, board recruitment, IT development, etc. Currently a Kairos Executive Fellow, he is interested in corporate responsibility, sustainable business practices, start-ups and entrepreneurial risk-taking.

Policy Research Shop, Internship Funding, and VoxMasters Public Speaking Group Featured in Recent Articles in The Dartmouth

Do you read The Dartmouth?  If not, you may have missed the following recent articles about Rockefeller Center student opportunities:

Rocky program studies policy effects
about the Center's Policy Research Shop

Students seek spring internship funds
about the Center's funding for unpaid public policy-related internships

Student group prioritizes eloquence
about the Center's student-run public speaking group, Rocky VoxMasters

You can also find articles about recent public programs and co-sponsored events.  The Dartmouth makes it really easy to use technology to keep up with news from campus and beyond.  We encourage you to check out their web site, and follow them on facebook and twitter for breaking news. 

While you are at it, don't forget to follow Rocky on Twitter, find us on Facebook, and check out our web site!

Monday, February 20, 2012

RLF in Review: January 2012 Sessions with Dartmouth Senior VP Carolyn Pelzel, Prof. Ron Shaiko, and Student Presentations


The second session of the winter 2012 term began with a presentation on the philanthropic work of Jane Goodhall, presented by Fellow Annie Saunders. The theme theme of philanthropy continued throughout the night! Session speaker, Carolyn Pelzel, Senior Vice President for Advancement here at Dartmouth, delighted fellows with a presentation on effecting change, the power of philanthropy, and how philanthropy embodies effective leadership. Pelzel centered her presentation on challenging Fellow’s assumptions about philanthropy through an interactive quiz and thoughtful discussion. Pelzel argued that when you engage in philanthropy you are learning the importance of adhering to a clear mission, employing teamwork, leveraging human capital, evaluating results, and dealing with ethical dilemmas – all important leadership qualities!
 -- Anna-Kay Thomas '12

The next Thursday evening session centered on student directed sessions given by current fellows to their peers.  During these presentations, fellows share thoughts on someone that they consider a leader.  During the January 19th RLF, the following students gave the following presentations:
  • [in the format of Fellow Name: Leader they Covered]
  • Arielle Cannon: Paul Robeson
  • Rebecca Gotlieb:  Eli Broad
  • Wills Begor: Paul Tudor Jones       
  • Jason Goodman: Michelle Rhee
  • Max Pillsbury: Bishop Bill Swing
  • Anoosha Reddy: Donald Trump
  • Michelle Shankar: Jacqueline Novogratz
  • Hikaru Yamagishi: Raichō Hiratsuka


 
In this last session of January 2012, Dartmouth Professor Ron Shaiko and Fellows discussed the interrelationships between three political and social concepts: civil society, social capital, and leadership. Shaiko discussed with fellows how leadership in the nonprofit, voluntary sector is perhaps more difficult due to the nature of follower-ship in the sector and then began to discuss how bonding and bridging social capital is manifested here at Dartmouth. Fellows engaged with each other by participating in a session activity that had them list the Dartmouth events and organizations they deemed to be bonding or bridging Dartmouth social capital. Shaiko debriefed with Fellows after this session and concluded by noting that creating and maintaining social networks and utilizing such networks for the common good are not the easiest of tasks for civil society leaders but is crucial to achieving a truly bridged social society.
 -- Anna-Kay Thomas '12

Sunday, February 19, 2012

RLF in Review: Project Management


This past week, Dartmouth alum, Karen Liot Hill '01 taught the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows about project management, which is the discipline of planning, organizing, and managing resources to accomplish a predetermined objective. Karen first discussed project management theory and then had fellows apply the theoretical structure she provided them using GANTT charts as a way to plan their own unique projects. Hill also discussed the conceptual frameworks of project management, including “traditional” (5-step model: initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, and completion) and “critical path” (determining dependencies between tasks in order to identify longest/shortest possible routes to project completion).

 - Anna-Kay Thomas '12

To learn more about the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program, click here.

Friday, February 17, 2012

PRS Students Testify to Vermont House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

PRS students Li-Ning Yang '15, Chinedu Udeh '12, and Andrew Clay '12, with Natural Resources and Energy Committee Chairman, Tony Klein in the Vermont House Chamber, Montpelier, VT.

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, three Dartmouth students, Li-Ning Yang '15, Chinedu Udeh '12, and Andrew Clay '12, from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, traveled to the Vermont House of Representatives in Montpelier to testify before the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy at the request of Chairman Tony Klein.

The PRS team testified on policy options for establishing an Office of Ombudsman in the State of Vermont.  The students presented case studies of statewide Ombudsman offices currently found in five states and implementation options available for Vermont to consider.  Following a twenty-minute presentation, the students responded to questions and comments from members of the committee. The team also enjoyed a visit to the House and Senate chambers in the state capitol building with Chairman Klein.

The Policy Research Shop is supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) program.

For more information about the Policy Research Shop, click here.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Several Spring Term Public Policy Courses Available - Includes Health Policy, Leadership and more

Looking for a spring course?  Consider one of the Center's public policy offerings below.


Brand New PUBLIC POLICY COURSE – Spring ‘12!
PBPL 10: Statistical Analysis for Public PolicyProfessor Benjamin Cole, 12S:10A

Public policy analysis involves quantitative methods and statistical methods in particular. PBPL 10 introduces students to basic statistical techniques and to the statistical software package, STATA, with a heavy emphasis on application, from the initial stages of data exploration to presentation of results. Coursework will involve “real world” policies and problems and will utilize existing datasets from the public policy sphere. The course will also consider research design and the ethics of quantitative policy research. Because of the large overlap in material covered, no student may receive credit for more than one of the courses Public Policy 10, Economics 10, Government 10, Mathematics 10, Psychology 10, Mathematics and Social Sciences 15, or Sociology 10 except by special petition. Dist: QDS

Also Available:


PBPL 26: Health Policy and Clinical PracticeProfessor H. Gilbert Welch MD, MPH, 12S: 10

Health care in the United States costs more than in other countries, but is it better? Answering this question requires understanding a wide range of subjects, including the pathophysiology of disease, clinical decision making, epidemiology, and public policy. This course provides an introduction to these tools. We will also consider additional questions: Is more screening & early diagnosis the best way to stay healthy? Does more treatment always help people feel better? And how has the "Dartmouth School" of health policy contributed to the debate? Dist: SOC; WCult: W.


PBPL 41/WRIT 41: Writing and Speaking Public PolicyInstructor Julie Kalish, 12S: 2A
Writing and Speaking Public Policy is a hands-on experience, designed for students planning for a career in leadership, government, and public policy. The course uses politics, law, popular culture, psychology, history, and theater, as well as public policy, to draw out fundamental persuasive principles and techniques. It will provide models of successful policy campaigns … as well as those that suffered from some fatal flaws. We will start to explore barriers to effective communication and work with some tools for surmounting them. Dist: ART; WCult: W.


PBPL 47: Foundations of LeadershipProfessor Timothy Ruback, 12S:10A

To evaluate political leadership one must ask: Where are we going? After all, one leads a specific population toward a desired end. With this in mind, this course has two purposes: 1) to investigate some of the most crucial texts of political philosophy, with focus on their assessments of the principles and sources of leadership, and 2) to investigate the political ideologies informing their authors' world views in order to better understand the goals to which we lead and are being led. In so doing, we will view leadership not as the masterful work of an elite few, but as the collective responsibility of informed citizenship. Therefore, this course will work to prepare students "for a lifetime of learning and responsible leadership." Dist: SOC; WCult: W.


PBPL 51: Leadership in Civil SocietyProfessor Margaret Post, 12S: 10A

This course examines the relationship between leadership and civil society. Known commonly as the “nonprofit” sector, civil society mediates the space between citizens and the state, and is often how citizens engage in public problem solving, have a direct impact on policy, and participate in civic life. This course focuses on aspects of leadership directly applicable to organizational manifestations of civil society: nongovernmental and social movement organizations, philanthropy, religious institutions, media, and public interest groups. Students will explore nonprofit and public leadership as it relates to these organizations, and critically analyze concepts of social capital, grassroots mobilization, interest group influence, organizational maintenance, political representation, and civic action. The course also looks at political parties and coalitions as aggregators of societal interests and as intermediaries between citizens and the state. Dist: SOC; WCult: W.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Young Government Leaders Offers GOLD Academy Fellowships (includes $2k/$5K scholarship) - Applications Due February 14th

Current students and alums currently enrolled in graduate programs are encouraged to apply for a great new program offered by Young Government Leaders.  According to the YGL web site:
GOLD Fellows receive individual attention designed to enhance their formal education and provide real world experiences. The Fellows will grow as leaders by following a developmental road map and develop their skills in a specialized field as they take on projects of high importance and large visibility. At the completion of the program, YGL GOLD Fellows earn a graduation certificate and a scholarship of $2,000 or $5,000.
So not only can you get to know current professionals, practice the type of skills we cover in our Management and Leadership Development Program, Policy Research Shop, and other student programs here at the Rockefeller Center, you can also earn a scholarship!

They are seeking applicants for the following positions:
  • Web Assistant
  • Research Coordinator, YGL Institute for Public Policy
  • Forum Coordinator, YGL Institute for Public Policy
  • Event Planner
  • Mentoring Program Assistant
  • Chapter Liaison - GWU, USC
Act quickly, as the deadline for your one page cover letter and resume is FEBRUARY 14th! 

Read more about the program, specific skills needed, and how to apply at the official announcement of the YGL GOLD Academy

Monday, February 13, 2012

"Healthcare Litigation: US States v. US Government" with VA Solicitor General on Feb. 15 at 4:30 PM

America’s health care future lies in the balance, and Virginia’s Solicitor General E. Duncan Getchell, Jr., is one of the key figures in the legislative battle surrounding “Obamacare.” The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the subject of numerous lawsuits; Getchell was instrumental in the Commonwealth of VA v. Sebelius case, where the State of Virginia claimed the new health care bill infringed on states’ rights.

Getchell will speak of the current litigation between the 28 states, including Virginia, and the U.S. Government, specifically:
  • The arguments against the constitutionality of the health care mandate are doctrinally modest.
  • The arguments in favor of Congress's power to require a citizen to purchase a good or service from another citizen lack principled limits and are therefore doctrinally extravagant.
  • The novelty of the claimed power gives rise to a presumption against Congress having the power.

Earle Duncan Getchell, Jr., has been serving as Solicitor General of Virginia in the Office of Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli since 2009. Mr. Getchell worked previously with the Chair Appellate Practice Group at McGuireWoods, L.L.P. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. Mr. Getchell was an invited participant in the 2005 National Conference on Appellate Justice, and was Adjunct Professor at the Marshall Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary during the Spring 2009 semester, teaching legislative redistricting. He has served as Special Counsel for: the Commonwealth of Virginia, defending the 2001 redistricting at trial and on appeal; the National Gambling Impact Study Commission; and the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. In 2007, President George W. Bush nominated him to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Please join us for VA Solicitor General Getchell’s talk, “Healthcare Litigation: U.S. States v. U.S. Government," in Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm, February 15, 2012.

Dine with Diplomats, Public Servants, and Pundits at the Rockefeller Center

Did you know...

When we bring speakers to campus for our student programs and public lectures, the Rockefeller Center tries to incorporate many different opportunities for students and speakers to engage in meaningful conversations. 

Very often, these opportunities include meals or coffee hour chats with our featured guests.  Students can sign up to attend these opportunities via our Eventbrite page.  We may also send specific invitations to a class or student group that has been identified by faculty and staff. 

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An example of a recent lunch, with the Head of the Political Department at the Royal Dutch Embassy in Washington DC, Marcel de Vink, is described in this article from The Dartmouth. The event was co-sponsored by The Dickey Center.

Hope to see you at one of our next events!

Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible? Talk by key negotiator on Monday, Feb. 13th at 4 PM

Key negotiator between the Government of Israel and Hamas reveals the truth behind secret talks.
  • Can Israelis and Palestinians ever live in peace?
  • Can Palestinians make peace amongst themselves?
  • What role do secret talks play in solving these issues?
Twenty years of peace processes between Israelis and Palestinians have proved futile. Irreconcilable differences clog the channels of diplomacy. The Palestinian house is divided into two separate regimes. A right-wing religious government rules Israel. The United States is occupied with the upcoming presidential election and Europe is focused on recovery from financial collapse, leaving Israel and Palestine alone to achieve peace. Can the two parties do it by themselves?

Founder and Chairman of the joint Israeli-Palestinian think tank, ICPCRI – Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information, Dr. Gershon Baskin attempts to uncover the answers to these questions and discloses information about his role as initiator and conductor of the secret back channel of negotiations between the Government of Israel and the Hamas to free kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilead Schalit after more than five years in captivity.

Come hear Dr. Baskin speak on Monday, February 13 at 4:00-5:30 pm in Room 003, Rockefeller Center.

 

Sponsored by J Street U Dartmouth, co-sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College.

Bruce Harlow Fellowship Available to those Interested in Career of Professional Advocacy - Deadline: April 6th


Bryce Harlow Fellows at the 30th Annual Bryce Harlow Award Dinner
Since 1985, the Foundation has awarded fellowships to highly motivated students who are pursuing a career in professional advocacy through public affairs, government relations or lobbying. The Foundation considers its Bryce Harlow Fellows to be the future of professional advocacy — those who are committed to practicing the art of lobbying with the highest level of integrity.

You are a BRYCE HARLOW FELLOWSHIP candidate if you:
  1. Seek a challenging career advocating policy positions to government officials on behalf of a client, corporation, trade association or interest group in an effort to influence legislation or a regulation;
  2. Understand that sound, truthful, and sometimes technical arguments play a vital role in the development of good public policy;
  3. Enjoy monitoring and interpreting policy developments within the executive and legislative branches of government that may be of interest in the future to your company or organization; and
  4. Believe that professionalism, honesty, integrity and compliance with the laws are the basic tenets of a successful career in lobbying.
To apply, please visit the web site.  You must be attending graduate programs at one of the participating institutions, and submit your application materials to the contact listed by April 6, 2012.

Policy Research Shop Team Underway with Projects this Winter

Members of the Rockefeller Center Public Policy Research Shop (PRS) turned out in high numbers for the group's first meeting of the Winter Term on January 5, 2012.  Student researchers met with PRS Director, Professor Ron Shaiko, and PRS Managers, Professors Margaret Post and Benjamin Cole, to discuss the progress that had been made on uncompleted projects in Public Policy 45 and a number of new projects.  The PRS team is excited to get underway.


Back Row (Left to Right): Brian Bosche, Clinton Grable, Michael Altamirano, Stephen Cheung, Elizabeth Ballantyne, Joesph Singh, Andrew Clay, David Lumbert, Professor Ron Shaiko, Professor Ben Cole, Travis Blalock

Second Row (Left to Right): Manav Raj, Li-Ning Yang, Danielle Unterschutz, Tina Meng, Paul Dellorusso, Eric Yang, Emily Clegg, Michael Berger, Yi Yang, Professor Margaret Post, Austin Major

Front Row (Left to Right): Amrita Sankar, Ayushi Narayan, Amy Couture, Nina Brekelmans

Those not shown are: Mike Danaher, Brandon DeBot, Adrian Ferrari, Marissa Greco, Stephen Prager, and Chinedu Udeh

The Policy Research Shop is supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) program.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

MLDP Recap: Problem Solving and Negotiation



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.
During John Garvey's session on problem solving, decision making, and negotiation, students split up into groups to discuss problems they each faced and how to deal with them using strategies Garvey brought up.
Professor Garvey opened his session by posing the question, "Is every decision you make a negotiation?"  He offered the example of the movie critic website Rotten Tomatoes to describe how if it is just you, you don't need to negotiate to make a decision. In order to make a small decision, we must use information to weigh the pros and cons. He stresses how critical information is. You can be by yourself, but with others you must make a decision you must use some form of negotiation. Uri describes negotiation as the back and forth conversation when some interests are shared, and some interests are posed. How do you get into a negotiation from an interest-based standpoint? Before you make a decision, you get all the relevant information and look at the pros and cons and make the decision based upon useful information. When possible, if you have solutions of relative equal value, you choose the decision that keeps the most options open. When you came to Dartmouth, you likely had options at other schools. Ultimately, it was because Dartmouth had the most opportunity available- both at the school and beyond.

There are factors that are a part of every negotiation and negotiation involves certain skills- it is an intentional practice. When you are negotiating with others, people propose interest-based negotiation as opposed to positional bargaining. If you understand what you both want out of you respective desired outcomes, there is a better chance that you will get what you need. Positional bargaining however leads to someone living and someone losing. They exist in 0 sum games, which are situations that always end up with a winner and a loser. However, interest-based negotiations can find a common ground.

After understanding clearly your interests and the interests of others and the situation behind the issue, Professor Garvey offers an example of buying a car to describe this process. Researching the actual price of the car gives you more control over the purchase price of a car. Evaluating the location as well is another standard of negotiating. Awareness of what else is out there or other market standards is critical in negotiations.  The Best Alternative to Negotiation Agreement (BATNA) can be used if you don't reach an agreement. Figuring out your walk-away is critical because you lose a lot of bargaining power.

-Andrew Longhi '14

PRS Students Testify Before NH Special Committee on Public Employee Pensions Reform

Policy Research Shop members Michael Altamirano ‘13, Brandon Debot ’14, and Steven Cheung ’13 (left to right) present their findings on cost of living adjustments to members of the NH Special Committee on Public Employee Pension Reforms on Friday, February 10, 2012.
On Friday, February 10, 2012, three Dartmouth students from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, Michael Altamirano ‘13, Steven Cheung ‘13, and Brandon Debot ’14, traveled to the NH Legislative Office Building in Concord, NH, to testify before the NH Special Committee on Public Employee Pensions Reform. 

Researchers Steven Cheung ’13, Brandon Debot ’14, and Michael Altamirano ’13 (left to right) field questions from members of the NH Special Committee on Public Employee Pension Reforms after presenting their findings
At the invitation of Chairman Ken Hawkins, the PRS team presented their analysis of policy options for reforming the way in which the state of New Hampshire awards cost of living adjustments (COLAs) to its retirees. The students discussed the ways in which other states and the federal governments issue COLAs, including detailed analysis of various measures of inflation, and presented the likely cost/benefit outcomes for NH should it choose to move away from its current system of awarding COLAs on an ad-hoc basis. After a fifteen-minute presentation, the students responded to detailed and highly-technical questions from the committee. The team enjoyed a tour of the NH State House before heading back to Dartmouth.

The Policy Research Shop is supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) program.

Friday, February 10, 2012

RLF in Review: Prof. Sonu Bedi on Multicultural Dilemmas


Assistant professor of Government at Dartmouth, Sonu Bedi, joined the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows this week. Bedi teaches courses in law and political theory. For this session, entitled “Multicultural Dilemmas: Adjudicating Hard Cases,” Bedi discussed how societies must contend with those who do not ascribe to its norms. Bedi asked Fellows to consider how people should be treated if they come from distinctive, minority cultures or religions through the use of three very interesting federal court decisions regarding religious exemptions and indigenous rights as well as the recent decision by France to ban the wearing of religious symbols in public schools. Fellows worked in groups to talk about the cases and afterwards Bedi led a group discussion focused on the importance of looking beyond hard facts and encouraged Fellows to embrace inclusivity when making hard decisions.

- Anna-Kay Thomas '12

To learn more about the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program, click here.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

PRS students testify at NH Legal Advice and Referral Center

Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop students Zheng-Yi Yang '14, Danielle Unterschutz '14, and Ayushi Narayan '14 posing with Connie Rakowsky, Director of the New Hampshire Legal Advice and Referral Center in Concord, NH on February 8, 2012.
On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, three Dartmouth students from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop (PRS), Zheng-Yi Yang '14, Danielle Unterschutz '14, and Ayushi Narayan '14, traveled to the headquarters of the NH Legal Advice and Referral Center, in Concord, NH, to present their findings of a months-long analysis of complex data from the center's phone system. At a meeting of the entire LARC staff and Director Connie Rakowsky, the team discussed the challenges they face in the analysis and their research methodology, provided summary statistics of the center's call intake data for one week, and made recommendations for strengthening their call intake process to reduce hang-ups, wait times, and to improve client service overall. Based on their findings, the team recommended altering staff assignments to match high-call-volume days, altering the center's automated phone answering system to direct clients to the center's website, providing more information during clients' waiting period, and making significant improvements to the center's website.

The Policy Research Shop is supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) program.

To learn more about the Policy Research Shop, click here.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Former Obama OMB Director Peter Orszag To Discuss New US Political Economy on 2/8 at 4 PM

Dr. Peter Orszag, Former Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama Administration and of the Congressional Budget Office, and currently Vice Chairman of Global Banking, Citigroup, Inc., to provide his unique insights into the new U.S. political economy.


  • What are the macroeconomic trends in the United States?
  • What can we learn from the nation’s fiscal trajectory?
  • Despite the need for a unified resolution to economic troubles, why has the nation’s policymaking become so polarized?

Peter R. Orzag shares his knowledge from his vast experience in both the public and private sector. In addition to his current role at Citigroup, Inc., he is a Contributing Columnist at Bloomberg View and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Before joining Citigroup, he served as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Contributing Columnist at the New York Times. Dr. Orszag previously acted as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama Administration from January 2009 until July 2010, and was the Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) from January 2007 to December 2008, supervising the agency's work in providing objective, nonpartisan, and timely analyses of economic and budgetary issues. Under his leadership, the agency significantly expanded its focus on areas such as health care and climate change.

Prior to CBO, Dr. Orszag was the Joseph A. Pechman Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he also served as Director of The Hamilton Project and of the Retirement Security Project, and Co-Director of the Tax Policy Center. During the Clinton Administration, he was a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and before that a staff economist and then Senior Advisor and Senior Economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisers.

Dr. Orszag’s breadth of knowledge and experience is sure to make this lecture, “The New U.S. Political Economy,” both informative and thought-provoking. Please join us on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at 4:00 pm in Silsby 028.

See also the related Dartmouth Now article about this public program.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

International Relations and Foreign Policy Faculty Workshop hosts security expert Dr. Erica Chenoweth

Dr. Erica Chenoweth
On February 3, 2012, Dr. Erica Chenoweth, Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University and Director of Wesleyan’s Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research, was our guest at the International Relations/Foreign Policy Faculty Lunch, discussing her public talk entitled,  "Why Civil Resistance Works: Nonviolence in the Past and Future,” which took place later that afternoon.

The International Relations/Foreign Policy Faculty Workshop is joint enterprise with The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and the John Sloan Dickey Center, and provides a venue for faculty to receive feedback on their manuscripts and to debate new work in the field of security studies.  

It is convened by Christianne Hardy Wohlforth, Acting Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Government.

Friday, February 3, 2012

RLF in Review: Leadership in Higher Education


This week, Carol L. Folt, Acting Provost and Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College joined Rockefeller Leadership Fellows for an engaging session on Leadership in higher education. Folt discussed the changing role of women in academia and shared her personal story of how she became a Biology professor and Acting Provost at Dartmouth. One of Folt’s main takeaways was the idea of exhibiting leadership at every level and how mastering skills at one job level actively prepares you for the next job level. Carol Folt also described how higher education is similar to business, but one key difference is that higher education benefits from having shared governance. Folt discussed different roles of leaders in higher education and had an open Q&A session with Fellows about what leadership in higher education had to offer.

- Anna-Kay Thomas '12

To learn more about the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program, click here.

Environment and Development Faculty Workshop explores issues of land ownership and activism

Cesar Chavez Fellow Christopher Loperena
On February 2, 2012, the Environment and Development Faculty Workshop hosted Christopher Loperena, Cesar Chavez Fellow, Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies, Dartmouth College.  In his presentation, "Nuestra Lucha: Garifuna Women’s Activism, Land, and the Politics of Survival in Triunfo de la Cruz, Honduras," Loperena discussed the concepts of land ownership and political and social activism, of Garifuna’s women in Honduras.

The Environment and Development Workshop provides an interdisciplinary forum devoted to issues related to the interaction between human development and the environment. Since the environment is strongly influenced by the course of development worldwide, understanding changes to the global environment therefore requires an investigation of the social, political, economic, and cultural factors driving development. This workshop draws from various disciplinary backgrounds to advance knowledge in this important research area. The group has been convened by Christopher Sneddon, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Geography, and Sharlene L. Mollett, Assistant Professor of Geography, since 2003, funded by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences.

For more information about the workshop, click here.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Chenoweth to Speak at Dartmouth about "Why Civil Resistance Works: Nonviolence in the Past and Future"

Internationally recognized authority on terrorism, nonviolent resistance, and counterterrorism to speak on the impact of nonviolent versus violent strategies to revolutionize a political system.


According to Professor Erica Chenoweth of Wesleyan University’s Department of Government and Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research, history shows nonviolent resistance trumps violent tactics by transforming the political environment into durable, internally peaceful democracies.
  • How does non-violence enhance resilience and innovation?
  • How does resistance without violence cause civil disruption?
  • How can one change his or her opponent’s loyalty without force?
  • How does one transform current attitudes that non-violent protest is ineffective and ideologically unrealistic?
Erica Chenoweth, Ph.D., is currently a Visiting Scholar at both the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley and the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Her books include: Why Democracy Encourages Terrorism (under contract with Columbia University Press); Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Columbia University Press, 2011) with Maria J. Stephan of the U.S. State Department; and Rethinking Violence: States and Non-State Actors in Conflict (MIT Press, 2010) with Adria Lawrence of Yale.

Prof. Chenoweth hosts a blog called Rational Insurgent and is an occasional blogger at The Monkey Cage and Duck of Minerva. Chenoweth teaches courses on international relations, terrorism, civil war, and contemporary warfare. She was honored as the 2010 recipient of the Carol Baker Memorial Prize for junior faculty excellence in teaching and research at Wesleyan.

Please join us for the final 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration event, Prof. Chenoweth’s talk, “Why Civil Resistance Works: Nonviolence in the Past and Future,” at Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm, February 3, 2012.

TONIGHT @ 6:30 PM: "Learning Public Policy - In Hanover and Washington" at PoliTalk Dinner

This Thursday, PoliTalk will host Professor Andrew Samwick, an Economics Professor and the Director of the Rockefeller Center.


TOPIC: "Learning Public Policy -- In Hanover and Washington"

He will talk about what he learned in his tenure on the President's Economic Affairs Council in the Bush Administration.  He will also share about how we have designed programs at the Rockefeller Center to help students become knowledgeable and engaged in Public Policy in and out of the classroom.

He is a very dynamic and gifted speaker and certainly someone you would want to meet if you are thinking about public policy, economics, political science and etc.

THURSDAY, February 2nd
6:30 PM
MORRISON COMMONS IN ROCKY
FREE FOOD


-- submitted by PoliTalk

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

MLDP Recap: Design For The User Experience

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.
This past Tuesday, MLDP students participated in a session set up by David Uejio on Presentation Design. This session introduced a design approach to presenting information and gave students the opportunity the practice the techniques David Uejio spoke about.


What goes into making an effective PowerPoint presentation? Today in MDLP, speaker David Uejio answered this question in his presentation about “Design for the User Experience.” People rely on PowerPoint for communicating ideas and presenting material in both classroom and work, however, simply typing words on slides is not enough to create an effective presentation. Uejio opened the seminar by discussing 3 key steps to designing a presentation:

1)    Design for them.
2)    Design for you.
3)    Mindhacks.

When making a presentation, it is important to begin by designing for the audience and caring about their experience. Uejio used Disney and Apple as examples of businesses that put a lot of energy into designing a complete user experience.  Make sure you know whom your audience is and why they are listening to you. Ask yourself, “Why are you here?” because that is exactly what your audience will be asking at first. Think of ways to deliver your message and important information in a way that will be remembered by your audience.

Designing for yourself is often underrated, yet just as important as designing for your audience. Set up your slides in a way that you can navigate. Identify how many key points you want to cover to make sure that you will be able to successfully convey the most important information of your presentation. Organize your presentation so that you have a defined beginning, middle, and end. And always keep in mind, that part of designing for yourself is making sure that you do not pick things that are super complicated (ie, if you include a video in your presentation, make sure you know how to work it).

After designing for your audience and yourself, think of “mindhacks” that you can incorporate into your presentation. For example, everybody loves quotes! If someone else can say something well or better than you would say it, then just take his or her quote and site it. Stories are also a great tool because they are much more compelling than listing boring data that your audience will tune out. While stories are not generally used in presentations, you may want to consider using one as a way to connect the message you are trying to convey on a more personal level, when applicable. Images are also great means of using similes and metaphors to make your point. However, the problem with images is that people use them inconsistently; make sure your images have high resolution and are sized properly. And lastly, video is becoming a more and more popular to incorporate in presentations. [Note: check out Prezi.com for a high technology alternative to power point].
Next, Uejio talked about both graphic and narrative design. Uejio reminded us, “Just because you do not go to school for it, doesn’t mean you can’t do it.” Everyone is capable of making effective graphic design in his or her PowerPoint presentation, as long as time is put into it. Some key considerations when thinking about graphic design are font, palette, whitespace, and images. Pick a font that makes sense for you (not a crazy one!). Nothing is wrong with black and white, but try checking out kuler.adobe.com for some cool palates. In regards to whitespace, remember it is sometimes more effective to have fewer words, and more white space to give your audience space to breath. Also, bullets might help eliminate words. Things to avoid for graphic design: animation, clip art, vertigo inducing transitions, and Comic Sans Ms.
Narrative design is as important as graphic design because it is how you are going to convey your message. Successful narrative design is a result of being succinct, articulating, being minimalist, storytelling, and sequencing. Failure in narrative design results from using too many words on slides, rambling, and reading off slides while presenting. Great presentations come back to great writing. Think about the greatest speeches ever written (for example, The Gettysburg Address)—they were not delivered with a PowerPoint. PowerPoints are not necessary to convey a message, thus make them add something to your presentation if your are going to use them!
Lastly, Uejio recommended some great resources to get you thinking about both graphic and narrative design:
·      Presentationzen.com –Blog from a pro that gives free advice on presentations
·      Guardian datablog—Stylized charts that are interesting to look at; shows cool ways to look at information being presented
·      Slideshare—Tons of slide shows
o   You can look and see what you like and don’t like to form opinions about what works for presentations
All of these resources will help get you going to design for the user experience by yourself!

-Rachel Bornstein '14