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[February 19, 2014]

GMU Hosting Public Summit on Changing the Playing Field for Corporations, People and Democracy

ARLINGTON, Va. --(Business Wire)--

A unique, non-partisan public summit to foster common ground among groups seeking changes in how corporations and government work for the public interest is being hosted March 14-15 at George Mason University's Arlington campus. The discussion-oriented event, "Rules Change: The DC Gathering" is for executives, public officials, scholars, researchers, policy activists, students and engaged citizens.

The gathering is aimed at promoting cross-silo knowledge, ideas and collaboration on issues like election reform; corporate personhood; success measures and accountability; money and politics; media responsibility; and environmental sustainability. Attendees will look at the rules that govern our economic system - from laws and regulations to consumer behavior, participatory government, corporate governance and more.

"It's time to cross lines, exit silos and listen," said Bill Densmore, an ex-journalist and researcher who is one of the event's organizers. "We want to look at how government and business can collaborate to meet the needs of all stakeholders - employees, customers, citizens, communities and the environment - not just stockholders."

Public registration is now open athttp://www.ruleschange.org. Special rates and stipends are available for students, groups and people of limited means.


Rules Change will feature some presentations, but will emphasize workshops and circle-round discussions across two days. It will close with the first DC-area screening of a new documentary, "Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes" and a sneak preview of a 20-city effort, "The 28th Amendment National Road Show."

"Rules Change: The DC Gathering" speakers include former U.S. Rep. Thomas W. Davis, co-founder of NoLabels.org; political strategist Celinda Lake, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Hedrick Smith and Steven Pearlstein, a GMU Robinson Professor; and Cornell law professor Lynn Stout, author of "The Shareholder Value Myth."

The event is co-convened by the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and the Media Stewards Project, with support from The F.B. Heron Foundation and program advice from the Aspen Institute's Business & Society Program.

The two-day summit is a learning initiative of the Rules Change Project, an open coalition to spotlight and amplify existing efforts at economic "rules change." More information on the effort is available at www.ruleschange.org.


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