Joseph E. Stiglitz received his PHD from MIT in 1967, became a full professor at Yale in 1970, and in 1979 was awarded the John Bates Clark Award, given biennially by the American Economic Association to the economist under 40 who has made the most significant contribution to the field. He is now a University Professor at Columbia University in New York and Chair of Columbia University's Committee on Global Thought. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia. In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his analyses of markets with asymmetric information.
Stiglitz was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers from 1993-95, during the Clinton administration, and served as CEA chairman from 1995-97. He then became Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank from 1997-2000. Recognized around the world as a leading economic educator, he has written textbooks that have been translated into more than a dozen languages. His newest book, Making Globalization Work,, was published by WW Norton and Penguin/ Allen Lane in September 2006.
Robert Fuller earned his Ph.D. in physics at Princeton University and taught at Columbia, where he co-authored the text Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics. He then served as president of Oberlin College, his alma mater. For a dozen years, beginning in 1978, he worked in what came to be known as "citizen diplomacy" to improve the Cold War relationship. During the 1990s, he served as board chair of the non-profit global corporation Internews, which promotes democracy via free and independent media. With the end of the Cold war and the collapse of the USSR, Fuller looked back reflectively on his career and understood that he had been, at different junctures in his life, a somebody and a nobody. His periodic sojourns into "Nobodyland" led him to identify and probe rankism—abuse of the power inherent in rank—and ultimately to write Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank (New Society Publishers, 2003). Three years later, he has published a sequel that focuses on building a "dignitarian" society titled All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity (Berrett-Koehler, 2006).
Melanie Greenberg is the President and co-founder of the Cypress Fund. She was a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, focusing on issues of justice in post-conflict peace building until from 2003 until 2004. From 2000 – 2002, Ms. Greenberg was director of the Conflict Resolution grant-making program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She served as the associate director of the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation, and deputy director of the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation. In her work on international conflict resolution, Ms. Greenberg has helped design and facilitates public peace processes in the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has taught courses in international conflict resolution, multi-party conflict resolution and negotiation at Stanford Law School and Georgetown University Law Center, and she was lead editor and chapter author of the volume Words over War: Mediation and Arbitration to Prevent Deadly Conflict (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000). Ms. Greenberg until recently served as board chair of the Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution, and sits on the board of directors of Women in International Security, Lawyers Alliance for World Security, and Partners for Democratic Change. She is a member of the Council of Advisors for the United States Institute of Peace, and serves on the editorial board of Dispute Resolution Magazine. Ms. Greenberg holds an AB magna cum laude from Harvard, and a JD from Stanford Law School.
Dr. Hornstein operates a private consulting practice and has been a consultant to senior management groups in more than thirty firms in various businesses including communication, banking, life insurance, air travel, chemicals, agriculture, entertainment, and oil. As a management educator he has worked with thousands of men and women from dozens of organizations. He was Director of the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science's Division of Professional Development and has trained organization consultants in many countries throughout the world. For the past decade he has served as director of two Columbia University continuing education programs: Organization Development and Human Resources Management and Principles and Practices of Organization Development. Dr. Hornstein is also a licensed psychologist and maintains a psychotherapy practice in New York City. He is the author of Brutal Bosses and Their Prey: How to Identify and Overcome Abuse in the Workplace.
Massey Lecturer and Founding Director of the McGill Center for Medicine Ethics and Law, Margaret Somerville, joined the Collaboration at Work forum on November 3, 2006. Somerville, noted international ethicist and author of The Ethical Imagination, presented the 2006 Massey Lectures.
The Massey Lectures are a prestigious annual event in Canada in which a noted Canadian or international scholar gives a week-long series of lectures on a political, cultural or philosophical topic. Some of the most famous Massey Lecturers have included Northrop Frye, Noam Chomsky, Jane Jacobs, John Ralston Saul, and Martin Luther King, Jr. They were created in 1961 to honor Vincent Massey, Governor General of Canada.
On May 5th 2006, Collaboration at Work, the emerging think-tank on ethics, dispute resolution and workplace justice, convened 35 experts to explore theory to practice applications for workplace issues.
Special guests included:
David Callahan, author of The Cheating Culture
Ellen Langer, professor at Harvard and author of Mindfulness
Noa Davenport co-author of Mobbing: Emotional abuse in the workplace.
The group grappled with ongoing workplace issues raised by these guests and other participants. Particular emphasis focused on the issues of bullying and mobbing in the workplace. Discussants explored the phenomenon as it occurs internationally and grappled with the potential positive and negative impacts of labeling such behavior and strategies that might curb such behavior.