Rules Change: The DC Gathering

Rules Change gatherings: “Time Out on the Playing Field for Corporations, People and Democracy”

A Rules Change gathering involves  presentations, circle-round discussions and workshops. We aim to promote cross-silo knowledge, ideas and collaboration about change in our economic system affecting corporations, people, markets and democracy. It’s for executives, public officials, scholars, researchers, policy activists, students and engaged citizens.

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  • Join a public unveiling of the Civic Stewardship Mapping Project.
  • Hear from and chat with noted authors and activists.
  • Assess two decades of mainstream thought on corporate regulation, governance and global-resources impact.
  • Understand what common ground exists for changes in public policies, marketplaces, communities — and how we trust each other — from Main Street to Wall Street.“Rules Change: The DC Gathering” is a learning initiative of the Rules Change Project ( ), an open coalition to spotlight and amplify existing efforts at economic “rules change.” It is an informal, non-partisan collaboration of individuals and independent groups helping to launch a national conversation among media, politicians, scholars and engaged citizens.


The rules of American capitalism have evolved from a shared circle of prosperity. Business and government leaders once saw four key stakeholders — communities, employees, the environment and customers — as team members along with stockholders. That’s less and less true. America’s economy cannot fairly go on the way it has.  It’s time to examine what rules change – policy, marketplace, social, ethical — can restore balance among all stakeholders.


  • In his book “Who Stole The American Dream?, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Hedrick Smith reports how America’s business elites systematically engineered over 40 years a massive wealth transfer from America’s middle class to a new super-rich class. He outlines 10 steps concerned citizens can take to redress the influence of money on elections and politics. The best way to get homework help fast!
  • A recent study by the Transatlantic Academy, “The Democratic Disconnect – Citizenship and Accountability in the Transatlantic Community, describes the cumulative and accelerating impact of globalization, technology and markets on democratic accountability and concepts of citizenship, resulting in a loss of public trust in democratic institutions.

Average citizens need to (a) better understand such developments that threaten the future of democratic governance and (b) become more engaged in encouraging political leaders and the media do a better job of serving the public good. Critical topics on the table may include:

  • Non-partisan election redistricting
  • Changes in “too-big-to-fail” banking system
  • Corporate governance and sustainability
  • Alternate success indicators besides GNP
  • Reducing influence of money on Washington
  • Economic policies to rebuild a middle class

Bill Densmore, Co-convener, Rules Change Project    617-448-6600 John Boyer,  Co-Founder, Media Stewards Project      703-980-3337

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