Michael Kinsley is a columnist for The Washington Post. For many years he was the editor of The New Republic. He was host of CNN’s Crossfire and founded Slate, the nation’s first online magazine. He also served as the editorial page editor for The Los Angeles Times, and American Survey editor of The Economist. He has written for many publications including The New Yorker and Conde Nast Traveler.
At the 2008 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Bill Gates delivered a path-breaking speech in which he challenged fellow entrepreneurs, non-profit pioneers, economists, and other scholars to pursue the idea of “creative capitalism” to address the growing gap between the rich and the poor in the global economy. Edited by Michael Kinsley with Conor Clarke, Creative Capitalism (Simon and Schuster) grew out of a blog set up purposely to produce a book that would take up Gates’ challenge. It is a provocative and absorbing response from over 40 of the most influential thinkers in the world of business, including three Nobel laureates and two former U.S. cabinet secretaries.
The book starts with Gates’ speech, proceeds to a conversation between Gates and Warren Buffett, who doesn’t hesitate to express some amiable skepticism, then continues with discussions, arguments, challenges, and analyses over email. Some of the 43 participants include:
· Lawrence Summers, Former Treasury Secretary and president of Harvard
· Richard Posner, noted founder of the school of “law and economics” and now one of the most influential Federal Appeals Court judges
· Three Nobel Prize winners: Edmund Phelps, Professor of Political Economy at Columbia, Gary Becker of the University of Chicago, and Vernon Smith of Chapman University
· Martin Wolf, associate editor and chief economics commentator at the Financial Times
Creative Capitalism is a book that challenges the conventional wisdom about our economic system. It is a roadmap for the new global economy that is emerging as capitalism continues to adapt itself to a changing world.
Michael Kinsley was interviewed at Kentucky Author Forum by James Surowiecki, staff writer of “The Financial Page” at The New Yorker. Surowiecki’s writings have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Motley Fool, Foreign Affairs, and Slate. Before joining the staff of The New Yorker he was a contributing editor at Fortune. In 2004 he published The Wisdom of Crowds which explores the deceptively simple idea that large groups of people truly are smarter than an elite few — better at solving problems, fostering innovation, and coming to wise decisions.