Business Day: March 1

All Business Day events will take place at the Humphrey School for Public Affairs on the University of Minnesota West Bank campus.

8:00 -9:00 A.M.              Registration (Humphrey School of Public Affairs)

9:00 – 9:45 A.M.            Nobel Peace Prize Forum Opening Ceremony (Cowles Auditorium)
                                     Dean Eric Schwartz, Welcome
                                     President Paul Pribbenow, Master of Ceremonies
                                     Governor Mark Dayton, Greetings

9:45- 10:45A.M.             Keynote Speaker: Alf Bjørseth, SCATEC: 
                                     Renewable Energy: The Business of Renewing Peace and Stability 

10:45- 11:00 A.M.          Networking Break

11:00 – 12:15 P.M.         Morning Workshop Sessions

Trade Brings Peace
John L. Graham, Professor of Political Science, University of California Irvine-Merage School of Business
It’s an axiom of international relations that trade between countries delivers peace through mutual interdependence and understanding. This fundamental truth is easy to forget when the conversation turns to notions such as “blood for oil,” the global trade in weapons, and the exploitation free enterprise often allows or even promotes. The focus of this workshop will be how commerce can continue bringing peace to some of the tough spots around the world today and long into the future.

Business Innovators as Pillars of Peace
Robert Sicina, Professor of Business, American University-Kogod School of Business
Business innovation creates economic opportunity as a pillar of the stabilization and peace processes. This workshop presents a project in which business students developed business plans for projects in Tunisia and Jordan. Then it focuses on two programs examining the role of multinational corporation executives doing economic development projects in difficult locations. Finally it presents a new line of thinking that fuses competitiveness and innovation with sustainability and social justice that can bring about greatest long-term results.

Achieving the Impossible: Leadership Challenges of Mandela & De Klerk in Ending Apartheid in South Africa
Kevin Kelley, Professor, National Security Affairs Department, Naval War College
Ron Ratcliff, Professor, National Security Affairs Department, Naval War College
Two professors, who teach leadership to senior U.S. and international officers at the U.S. Naval War College, examine the challenges faced by Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk as they brought their constituents to the negotiating table in order to end apartheid in South Africa… a seemingly impossible task.  This study of two Nobel Laureates, working under extreme conditions, informs senior leaders in both the civilian and military who face negotiation challenges today.

Social Entrepreneurism: the Bridge to Peace
Alexander Gonzalez, Thrivent Financial
This workshop explores the role of social entrepreneurism in building peace. Lessons learned by Thrivent Financial from a 2010 college case study competition about micro-finance will be addressed. The workshop will be led by Alexander Gonzalez, a member of the Augsburg College Board of Regents, and a liaison to Augsburg College’s team at the competition.

Social Impacts of Electricity in Rural Areas
Anders Elverhøi, University of Oslo
An interdisciplinary group of social scientists and natural scientists dealing with renewable energy, computer sciences and telecommunication at the University of Oslo has studied how everyday life changes when electricity becomes available to people in rural communities in Kenya, Tanzania, South-Africa, India and Bangladesh. Life speeds up, social relations change, and new dilemmas emerge. How can renewable electricity be implemented in socially, economically and environmentally sustainable ways?

12:15 – 12:45 P.M.          Lunch

12:45 – 2:00 P.M.            Plenary Panel: Globalization and the Price of Peace (Cowles)

Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Republic of South Africa
Stephen B. Young, JD, Global Executive Director of the Caux Round Table moderates this panel discussion of the role of business in stabilizing the wider world and local communities as well.

2:00 – 2:30 P.M.             Networking Break

2:30 – 3:45 P.M.             Afternoon Workshop Sessions

The Price of Peace and the Costs of War: How War and Wall Street Hijack Our Future and What We Can Do About It
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, Professor of Political Science, University of St. Thomas
This workshop will examine links between U.S. economic and social decline, Wall Street profiteering, the distorted priorities of the Military Industrial Complex, and the erosion of democracy. It will also examine the emergence of social movements (including Occupy Wall Street, 350.org, Move to Amend, and the Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project) that are forging solutions, including building a culture and economy of peace.

Achieving the Impossible: Leadership Challenges of Mandela & De Klerk in Ending Apartheid in South Africa
Kevin Kelley, Professor, National Security Affairs Department, Naval War College
Ron Ratcliff, Professor, National Security Affairs Department, Naval War College
Two professors, who teach leadership to senior U.S. and international officers at the U.S. Naval War College, examine the challenges faced by Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk as they brought their constituents to the negotiating table in order to end apartheid in South Africa… a seemingly impossible task.  This study of two Nobel Laureates, working under extreme conditions, informs senior leaders in both the civilian and military who face negotiation challenges today.

Feeding 9 Billion
Carol Kitchen, Senior Vice President & General Manager- Global Ingredients, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Food security (or insecurity) is a tremendous stabilizing (or destabilizing) force. In many places in the world, food security is “the price of peace.” This workshop discusses how international food companies conceive of their role, structure their business, and face the challenges of this most pressing human issue.

Social Impacts of Electricity in Rural Areas (same as morning session)
Anders Elverhøi, University of Oslo

4:00 – 5:00 P.M.             Keynote Speaker: Saki Macozoma 
                                     Business and the Price of Peace in Post-apartheid South Africa