Join us for “Innovation and the Global Marketplace”

by Editor@TheInnovationEconomy  | December 2, 2011

Editor@TheInnovationEconomy The Innovation Economy

Over the next 20 years, the size of the global middle class is set to grow dramatically from 1.8 billion (today) to potentially 5 billion people in 2030, according to a 2010 Brookings Institution report.


In light of our increasingly interconnected world and expanding global middle class, The Innovation Economy conversation this year has focused on the vital role of innovation in the global marketplace, specifically – the critical connections between American jobs, the exchange of ideas, global trade and U.S. relationships around the world.


Earlier this year, we hosted a conversation at The Aspen Institute with Ambassador Ron Kirk, United States Trade Representative, on how best to access the promise of global markets, the connection between open markets and the innovation economy, and the priority of saving and creating American jobs as we pursue economic growth.


Next week, we will continue that conversation with a discussion about how both the global and American innovation economies will be impacted as markets and the global middle class expand.  In particular, how does this expansion influence competition, education and innovation within and between nations?


As the culmination of this year’s discussion on the global innovation economy, we invite you to join The Aspen Institute, PBS NewsHour and Intel Corporation on Wednesday, December 14, at 8:45 a.m. EST to watch the LIVE webcast of:



A Discussion on American Innovation, Trade and the Next 10 Million Jobs


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, interviewed by Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor, PBS NewsHour


The event will explore the critical connections between American jobs, economic growth and U.S. relationships around the world, through issues like trade agreements, public diplomacy, global innovation patterns and policies, the impact of technology on international relationships and geopolitics, and the rapidly changing global marketplace.


This half-day event will be webcast live on 


Follow The Innovation Economy on Twitter (@InnovationEcon) for real-time event updates and check out the official event hashtag #IEglobalmkt for LIVE tweeting from the event.



Innovation, Trade and Creating the Next 10 Million Jobs

A discussion on the intersections among innovation, economic growth, job creation and global trade.

  •  C. Fred Bergsten, Director, The Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Myron Brilliant, Senior Vice President, International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Thea Mei Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL-CIO
  • Karen Mills, Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Moderated by Jeffrey Brown, Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour 


A Zero-Sum Game? The Expanding Global Marketplace and the Innovation Economy

A conversation on the impact of the burgeoning middle class in China, India and around the developing world.

  • Lael Brainard, Under Secretary for International Affairs, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director, Center on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society
  • Robert J. Shapiro, Co-Founder and Chairman, Sonecon, LLC
  • Moderated by Paul Solman, Business and Economics Correspondent, PBS NewsHour


Innovation and American Jobs

Insights on the policies that will enhance American technological innovation and facilitate job creation.

  • Tom Connelly, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, DuPont
  • Jim Rogers, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Duke Energy
  • Andy Stern, President Emeritus, Service Employees International Union
  • Moderated by Vijay Vaitheeswaran, China Business, Finance & Technology Editor, The Economist