Austin is home to South by Southwest (SXSW), a convergence of the interactive, film and music industries from March 8-17. LBJ School faculty, students and alumni were among the speakers, panelists and participants bringing innovative ideas, hard questions and creative solutions to a community of leaders and engaged stakeholders.
Another great panel on racial disparities in health. Feel so lucky to be an intern at the sponsoring org @StDavidsFDN & one that chooses to bring these important discussions to the #SXSW crowd #LBJatSXSW pic.twitter.com/aQNNaPX3IL— Annie Henson (@anniethenson) March 9, 2019
March 9 — LBJ students participated in an interactive hack-a-thon that tasks teams of policymakers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and students, along with a coach, to design solutions to policy challenges faced by entrepreneurs running growing businesses. Following the hack, teams pitched their ideas to a panel of experts including members of Congress as well as the wider audience attending the event. Teams tackled policy problems surrounding emerging technologies and workforce development in underrepresented communities.
"I decided to be a part of the Dell Policy Hack at SXSW as a way to apply some of the skills I have learned at LBJ and get experience pitching a policy solution to a member of Congress," said Abby Attia, a dual Master of Global Policy Studies and Master of Middle Eastern Studies student. "From being in several crisis simulations at LBJ, I know that I enjoy the experience of working on current policy challenges with a team."
Amie Tran, a dual Master of Public Affairs and Master of Public Health student, said a policy challenge on emerging technologies was a good learning experience.
"I think the use of updated technology is going to be essential in policy work for the future, so participating in a Dell-sponsored event was a nice dip into the waters," Tran said.
Russell Bellande, a Master of Global Policy Studies student, said he enjoyed applying knowledge to work outside of the classroom.
"The experience showed how helpful policy and case study training in our graduate program can be," Bellande said.
See LBJ students at the 2018 Dell PolicyHack.
Charlee Garden on “The Performance Paradox: Mistakes are Okay”
Clinical Associate Professor of Leadership
March 9 – As individuals, we are hard-wired to avoid making mistakes at all costs. Companies talk about failing fast but don’t always practice what they preach – which is unfortunate. Some of the most successful outcomes happen as a result of being vulnerable enough to take risks in the workplace. This panel explored what research tells us about companies with cultures where mistakes are OK, and focus on how to overcome the performance paradox to deliver breakthrough experiences better and faster. Learn more.
Professor Charlee Garden from @TheLBJSchool partners up with @CapitalOne and @girls_inc to discuss the power and importance of making mistakes in the workplace #LBJatSXSW #CapitalOneHouse pic.twitter.com/WyGhDcNzLu— Missy Bellin (@MissyBellin) March 9, 2019
"You can change the way someone experiences failure, mistakes by changing the context. Ask different questions. Create safe-to-fail experiments." —Charlee Garden
Patrick Bixler on "The Sharing Democracy"
Associate Professor of Practice
March 10 – Platforms like Uber, Airbnb and TaskRabbit have transformed the way we connect with people and services. What if we brought a similar platform approach to the future of public service? Bixler discussed a new vision for the future public service to improve the citizen experience for everyone. Learn more.
Robert Hutchings on "EU-U.S. Relations: The State of Play"
Walt and Elsepth Rostow Chair in National Security, Professor of Public Affairs
March 10 — Sharing values and interests, the EU and the U.S. have multiple political and economic ties and have remained close allies for almost 70 years. This transatlantic partnership — arguably the most important bilateral relationship in the world — has had its highs and lows. What is the current state of play? How important is the successful cooperation of the two superpowers for them and for the global order? Learn more.
See what students learned during a policy research project led by Hutchings.
Lorinc Redei on "The EU in 2019: Challenges and Opportunities"
Lecturer; Graduate Adviser, Master of Global Policy Studies
March 11 — 2019 is shaping up as another important year for the European Union. In May, a new European Parliament will be elected. This year will also see a new European Commission along with a new European Commission president and new presidents of the European Central Bank and the European Council. This is the first time in EU history that so many posts and seats will have to be filled in the same year. The EU will have to find its way forward in a new configuration and define its priorities for the coming years. The panelists explored these and other challenges ahead, as well as the opportunities they present for shaping the future of the European Union. Learn more.
LBJ Prof Lorinc Redei is at #SXSW discussing possible scenarios for the EU’s future, covering Brexit, rising populism in Europe and the upcoming European elections. #LBJatSXSW pic.twitter.com/jMuNn2YKLM— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) March 11, 2019
Learn more about the biennial crisis simulation that Redei orchestrates to give students firsthand diplomacy experience.
"On this panel organized by the European Union Delegation in Washington, DC, I'll be talking to both EU and national diplomats about the possible scenarios for the EU's future. We will tackle Brexit, rising populism in Europe, and the upcoming European elections." —Lorinc Redei
Bobby Chesney on "Safeguarding the Crown Jewels of U.S. Innovation"
Director of the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, Professor
March 11 — In an era of great power competition, U.S. national security depends on the military having access to commercial innovation. The line between commercial vs. military technology is blurring rapidly as investment in commercial R&D outpaces investment in defense R&D by a factor of three to five times. Panelists discussed how the government is building a National Security Innovation Base to tap into this technology and safeguarding the crown jewels of U.S. innovation. Learn more.
See Chesney at the Intelligence Studies Project Symposium.
Virginia Cumberbatch on "A Force of Nature" and "The Rebels' Resistance Conversation"
Co-founder, Rosa Rebellion, MPAff '16
March 8 — A part of the Official SXSW International Women's Day Celebration. Learn more.
I'll also be interviewing Strong Female Lead(er)s @vacumberbatch & @meagantharding who were already doing a million amazing things to combat racism & systemic bias in the community, & will be launching @RosaRebellion at @sxsw as a platform for other WOC creative activists pic.twitter.com/vRnV2DVhHy— Meghan Ross (@MeghanRRoss) March 8, 2019
Thanks for the love @TheLBJSchool. Next Tuesday’s event is open to nonbadge holders / the public. But first come, first serve. Would love to see some LBJers there learning from policy / activist voices like @MsPackyetti @BarefootEmprss and @meagantharding more! https://t.co/hyCPYKOC7E— Virginia Cumberbatch (@vacumberbatch) March 9, 2019
March 12 — The Rebels' Resistance Conversation will invite highly visible activists, mental health professionals and the Rebel+Rest co-founders to offer perspective, wisdom and tangible steps on combating the impact of racism, systemic oppression and the trauma of online brutality on mental wellness. Attendees will gain insight from lived experience, expertise and engagement from the perspective of local and national voices working to elevate important discourse around social-political resistance and community rejuvenation for communities of color. Learn more.
Shamina Singh on "Can Business Defend LGBTI Rights Under Fire?"
Executive Vice President of Sustainability and President of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, MPAff '97
March 9 — Business and government, respectively, have played leading roles in advancing LGBTI rights at different times and in different countries. In recent years, state actors and government entities have driven significant progress, but we've also seen a "progress recession" as politics shift right and government administrations change. Progress is either stalling or receding in many parts of the world. Today, the government is dropping the ball. Can the private sector pick it up again, and lead in the human rights space? Are global businesses up to it? How can technology drive and empower their progress and what are the biggest pitfalls for both democracy and the private sector? Learn more.
Jessica Cassidy Katz on "Privacy by Design and by Directive"
Privacy Counsel, MPAff/JD '09
March 10 — Attendees learned what CCPA and GDPR mean for business, and how to build in the required safeguards for the personal info you process — even when you may not realize you are processing it. (*Spoiler alert — IP addresses and device IDs qualify.)
This interactive workshop unpacked the processes and strategies to navigate the evolving privacy landscape. Note: Presenters do not speak on behalf of, or about, Whole Foods Market, Amazon, Kargo or WSP Global. Learn more.
Stacey Abrams on "Lead from the Outside: How to Make Real Change"
Author, former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, 2018 Democratic candidate for Georgia Governor, MPAff '98
March 11 — National political trailblazer Stacey Abrams served 11 years in the Georgia House of Representatives — seven as minority leader — and in 2018, she became the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, winning more votes than any other Democrat in the state's history. She was the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States. At SXSW, she discussed her book Lead from the Outside, an invaluable guide for outsiders, written with an eye toward the challenges that hinder women, people of color, the working class, members of the LGBTQ community, and millennials ready to make change. The book candidly discusses what Abrams has learned over the course of her impressive career in politics, business and the nonprofit world: that differences in race, gender and class provide vital strength, which we can employ to rise to the top and create real and lasting change. Learn more.
In #LeadFromTheOutside, I explore how to be intentional about plans, but flexible enough to adapt. 20 years ago, I never thought I’d be ready to run for POTUS before 2028. But life comes at you fast - as I shared in Q&A w @Yamiche at @sxsw. Now 2020 is definitely on the table...— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) March 11, 2019