2 Events

Special Series - Open to the Public

Public & Business Risks: Planning for Public Purpose in Venture Capital

Wed., Apr. 28, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Join Technology and Public Purpose fellow Liz Sisson for an overview and discussion of her research on evaluating early-stage startups for business and public risks related to the environment, economic inequality, labor, privacy and more. She will also demonstrate her team’s Public Purpose Indicator tool, built for venture capital groups and startups to be used in diligence.

Bob Workman, a board of directors member at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1018

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Special Series - Open to the Public

A Year Like No Other: Technology and Public Purpose in 2020

Mon., Apr. 26, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

The past year was unlike any other. The COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter movement, and Capitol riots were all extraordinary events--ones that forced us to confront long standing issues of race, equity, accessibility, democracy, and more. We also confronted the role of technology in both helping and harming public causes. 

These past 12 months serve as a case study for technology and public purpose, forcing us to examine the immense benefits and critical harms of technologies in our daily lives. As the kickoff to the Perspectives of Public Purpose Week, Belfer Center and TAPP Faculty Director and the 25th U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will moderate a discussion with our inaugural cohort of TAPP fellows on how tech has both helped and hindered progress in 2020, and what lessons we’ve learned moving forward.