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ANNOTATED AGENDA
U.S. Programs Advisory Board Meeting
Open Society Foundations, New York, NY
May 7-8, 2015
With growing national attention to both economic inequality and criminal justice reform, our board
meeting will delve into our evolving strategies in both areas recognizing that we will more fully
refine our strategic plan in 2016. In addition, as we do each meeting, we will hold the board-led
session about current opportunities and review a selected portfolio, in this case the Soros Justice
Fellowships.
With regard to economic advancement, where we are just beginning to develop our strategy, we will
recap what we have done to date and identify core issues to be considered moving forward. Notably,
we will focus on the results of the inquiry into the Future of Work. To inform our criminal justice
conversations, we will hold a session on police reform, preceded by a lunch briefing and discussion
of the recent events in Baltimore.
THURSDAY, MAY 7:
9:00 - 9.15 a.m.

Welcome and Approval of Minutes
Steve Coll, Chair

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.

USP and Economic Advancement: Stage-setting
Chris Stone; Ken Zimmerman, Director; Eric Halperin, U.S. Programs Senior Advisor
In adopting a goal to promote economic advancement in USP’s four-year
strategy, the board recognized that the issue was of increasing importance in
the United States. This session is intended to introduce the work we are
already doing, in areas from housing and credit to the minimum wage, and to
set up the subsequent discussions by outlining a set of premises, observations
and insights from our experience and our analysis of the external landscape.

9:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Learnings and Implications from the Future of Work Inquiry
Andy Stern; Yochai Benkler; Bill Vandenberg, Director, Special Initiatives and
Partnerships
Guests: Andrew McAfee, Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management
Larry Mishel, President, Economic Policy Institute
Felicia Wong, President, Roosevelt Institute
Whether technology will fundamentally change the way work is undertaken
and conceived in the coming decades has been the subject of a board-led
inquiry over the past 18 months. The nature of employment is changing, and
with it a set of assumptions and conceptions about how to advance open
society interests. This session will be organized in three parts: (1) an
introduction to the research we have undertaken, (2) a discussion facilitated
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