E PLURIBUS UNUM?: POLARIZATION AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
Thomas Gilligan, Director, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution & Peace
In 1782 Congress adopted a seal and a motto “E Pluribus Unum” (Out of many, one”) to represent our nascent republic. Both the seal and the motto conveyed the resolve of a new nation forged from the diversity of separate colonies to work towards independence.
Since our founding, America has struggled to harness diversity to achieve common goals. However, some contend that the increasing polarization of the electorate is dooming America’s chances for an effective democracy.
Are such claims true or prophetic? Are Americans now incapable of bridging the divide of distinct visions and values to achieve common objectives? Are there institutions, like social media and modern American political parties, that contribute to this polarization and democratic dysfunction?
And, if so, what can individual Americans do to restore our faith in government and the democratic experiment. This session will present a non-partisan exploration of these and related topics.
WORKERS' COMP FOR ROBOTS - THE FUTURE OF CALIFORNIA WORKERS
Dave Bellusci, Executive Vice President & Chief Actuary, WCIRB
Robotics, artificial intelligence, the “Gig Economy”, wearable devices, preventive care, medical marijuana, 3-D printing, genomics and tele-medicine are just some of the factors that may transform the workforce and how workplace injuries may be prevented and treated. Dave Bellusci will discuss these phenomena and how they might impact the $25 billion California Workers’ Comp system now and in the future.
FIVE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS ASKED OF US EVERY DAY
George Dom, Retired Naval Officer & Flight Leader of the Blue Angels
When Captain George Dom, former Commander and Flight Leader of the Blue Angels, flew military jet formation aerobatics 2-3 feet apart at high speeds and very low altitude, he came to understand that his wingmen were unconsciously asking five simple questions about him every day.
These five questions are being asked about all of us by everyone we care about. Fundamentally, they want to know if they can believe and depend on us. How much does this matter to you? Are you here only for yourself or the team?
Trust is the crucial element in all relationships — professional and personal. When a high level of trust is achieved and sustained, the relationship is strong and vibrant, with increases in engagement, collaboration, productivity, agility, and resilience.
THE OMNIPRESENT THREAT FROM SACRAMENTO: LEGISLATIVE, REGULATORY & POLITICAL CHALLENGES IN 2018 (1 CE Credit)
John Norwood, Lobbyist, IIABCal
Steve Young, General Counsel, IIABCal
Clark Payan, Chief Executive Officer, IIABCal
The California Legislature is considering scores of new bills, and the California Department of Insurance continues to respond to widespread total losses emanating from last year’s residential wildfires, in ways that have the potential to significantly affect the business of independent insurance agents and brokers.
This session will briefly survey the impact and prospects for pending bills, regulations, court cases, and upcoming elections on the business of insurance in California.