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Bold Thinkers Series

bold thinkers series

The series brings together thought leaders to share forward-looking perspectives in the areas of health, social and environmental policy, and international development.

Opioid Response: What Will It Take to Solve the Crisis?
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Nearly 200 Americans die from opioids every day. This number, based on federal data, illustrates one devastating aspect of the growing public health emergency affecting families, communities and states. What will it take to solve this crisis? And, is evidence driving the national response?
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Coastal Restoration: Will we know it when we see it
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Newseum, Washington D.C.

Mega storms pounding the coasts. Huge oil spills disrupting marine ecosystems. Local economies challenged. How do we restore and protect fragile coasts while balancing the needs of affected communities? What does the science say? What actions are needed now?
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Institutions: Can Development Wait that Long?
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Speakers and panelists addressed the issues: "Thinking and Working Politically: Yin and Yang," and "Effective Governance: Lessons in Transparency and Accountability."
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Global Health Security Threats: Are We Prepared?
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Abt Global and distinguished speakers discussed the causes and consequences of infectious disease pandemics.
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ACA at Five Years: Do Americans Have Better Access to Quality Care?
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Created to expand healthcare coverage, lower costs, improve health and give Americans more choice, has the Affordable Care Act (ACA) fulfilled its promise? Distinguished speakers joined in a dialogue on lessons learned and what it means for the future of healthcare.
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Road to Paris: What's at Stake and How Do We Pay for It? Cities and the Role of Finance in Addressing Climate Change
Monday, November 16, 2015
This forum explored some of the innovative global actions being taken to build low-carbon, climate-resilient cities. The event focused on the evolving global landscape for climate change finance, including the role of co-benefits in securing funds to mitigate and adapt to climate impacts.
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Is Housing Stability Essential for Family Well-Being?
A Forum on the Implications of the Family Options Study
Monday, September 21, 2015
This event featured a dialogue prompted by new evidence from the Family Options Study on the effects of providing permanent housing subsidies to homeless families. The forum addressed the results of the study, the effects of stable housing on child and family well-being, and the policy implications.
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Collaboration Post-2015: Where Can Partnerships Take Development?
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Abt Global convened the first event in its Bold Thinker Series by holding a panel discussion focusing on the increasingly important role public-private partnerships are playing in improving health and economic well-being on a global scale. A diverse group of thought leaders explored the future of public-private partnerships beyond 2015, and how to create an environment that encourages innovation from local private sector entities.
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