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Financial Innovation: A Risky Business?

We are pleased to announce that "Financial Innovation: A Risky Business?" aired on Sunday, March 24 at 7 PM on WNET/THIRTEEN!

This event was presented by Fred Friendly Seminars in partnership with the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics, and was part of Columbia Business School’s Individual, Business and Society (IBS) curriculum. This interactive discussion explored the value of financial markets, the interaction between government and innovation, and what role markets should play in society.

Moderated by Professor Robert Jackson of Columbia Law School, the recipient of the 2012 Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching.


David Abrams, Managing Member, Abrams Capital

Caroline Baum, Columnist, Bloomberg

Ed Conard, former Managing Director, Bain Capital

Wilson Ervin, Senior Advisor to the CEO, Credit Suisse

Representative Barney Frank, US Congress and former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee

Gary Gensler, Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor of New York City

Robert Solow, Nobel Prize Laureate

Alicia Glen, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, and adjunct professor, Columbia Business School

Bruce Greenwald, Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management, Columbia Business School

Blythe Masters, Head of Global Commodities, JPMorgan

Andrew Ross Sorkin, Co-anchor of CNBC's Squawk Box, and Financial columnist for The New York Times

Peter Stringham, CEO, Young & Rubicam Brands

About the Socratic Dialogue Method

The unique Fred Friendly Socratic Dialogue format, devised by the late president of CBS television news and producer for Edward R. Murrow, uses hypothetical scenarios and role-playing to explore how decisions are made and what their impact will be on a variety of constituents. The moderator guides the panel through a scenario that, as it unfolds, reveals the dilemmas, the choices and the decision-making processes confronting all sides in concrete situations. To watch “Anatomy of a Hostile Takeover”, the 1987 video featuring industry leaders such as T. Boone Pickens; chief executives from James Bere (Borg-Warner), Robert Mercer (Goodyear), and Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway); Sir James Goldsmith; Rudy Giuliani (former US Attorney, Southern District of NY); Frederick Joseph (Drexel Burnham Lambert); John Gutfreund (Salomon Brothers) and others, that inspired this event please click the VOD link here.

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Program Brochure

View the Bernstein Center brochure, Ethical Challenges in Business