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American Competitiveness: What Works

Leaders from around the country convened at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium to discuss American competitiveness and share examples of excellence and innovation. 

Videos

Andres on the emergence of small plates

Andres on the emergence of small plates

Chef Jose Andres explains what makes small plate dining so appealing.
Wince-Smith says innovation is essential

Wince-Smith says innovation is essential

Deborah Wince-Smith said that an original idea is an important foundation for a new small business.
Goldman on the economy

Goldman on the economy

Seth Goldman on how young people's negative feelings toward the economy can ultimately lead to a solution.
Andres on the importance of the Food Movement

Andres on the importance of the Food Movement

Chef Jose Andres explains how the Food Movement can improve all aspects of the culinary experience.
Spector on Google's business model

Spector on Google's business model

Alfred Spector explains how Google's bottom-up business model helps breed innovation.
Wince-Smith on the importance of vocational training

Wince-Smith on the importance of vocational training

Deborah Wince-Smith said that improving vocational training is an important part of America's manufacturing future.
Dugan on the future of technological breakthroughs

Dugan on the future of technological breakthroughs

Regina Dugan remembers the past, then looks forward to what the next technological breakthroughs could be.
Dunkelberg On Over-Regulation

Dunkelberg On Over-Regulation

Bill Dunkelberg says that over-regulation and complicated tax laws are large issues in the small business world.

 

Jose Andres

Jose Andres

Top chef talks about culinary innovation.
Ideas and Innovations

Ideas and Innovations

DARPA director, Google VP and CEO talk about the big idea.
Robert Rubin on the economy

Robert Rubin on the economy

The Economist editor and former treasury secretary talk about the outlook.
Rubin on the United States Economy

Rubin on the United States Economy

Robert Rubin claims that the outlook for the U.S. economy is as "uncertain" as he has ever seen.
Winning Formula for Entrepreneurship

Winning Formula for Entrepreneurship

Seth Goldman and others talk about what works.
Minton Beddoes on the Euro

Minton Beddoes on the Euro

Zanny Minton Beddoes on whether the European market is susceptible to a recession similar to the one the U.S. experienced.
Chi on his education

Chi on his education

Timothy Chi on the importance of his education and the need for more students to stay in school.
Rubin and Minton Beddoes on the role of the state

Rubin and Minton Beddoes on the role of the state

Robert Rubin and Zanny Minton Beddoes discuss how the two political parties feel about the role of the state in the economy.
Rubin on potential inflation in the ECB

Rubin on potential inflation in the ECB

Robert Rubin discusses how the European Central Bank is dealing with potential inflation.

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American Competitiveness: What Works

Washington Post Live hosted four sessions focusing on manufacturing, innovation, and global competitiveness.

Stories from the Special Report

A path back to competitiveness

A path back to competitiveness

Corporate executives, political leaders, economists and other experts met in Washington to chart a path for U.S. competitiveness. They found big obstacles — and reasons for optimism.

A school system for the 21st century

A school system for the 21st century

There is one point of agreement in the debates over education’s future: American schools must modernize for this high-tech, globally competitive century.

U.S. competitiveness: The view from Europe

U.S. competitiveness: The view from Europe

European tech entrepreneurs see the United States remaining a giant in innovation — but hobbled by lack of attention to workforce training, infrastructure and manufacturing.

Speakers

José Andrés

José Andrés

Chef/Owner, ThinkFoodGroup

Deborah Wince-Smith

Deborah Wince-Smith

President and CEO, Council on Competitiveness

Alfred Spector

Alfred Spector

Vice President of Research and Special Initiatives, Google

Bill Dunkenberg

Bill Dunkenberg

Chief Economist, National Federation of Independent Business

Tom Sietsema

Tom Sietsema

Food Critic, The Washington Post

Seth Goldman

Seth Goldman

President and TeaEO, Honest Tea

Regina Dugan

Regina Dugan

Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Timothy Chi

Timothy Chi

CEO, Wedding Wire Inc; Co-founder, Blackboard Inc

Robert Rubin

Robert Rubin

Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations and Former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury

Mary Jordan

Mary Jordan

Editor, Washington Post Live