Commonwealth Forums

The Commonwealth Forums are a series of public events based on the reporting in MassINC`s quarterly magazine, CommonWealth. The Forums are a joint project of The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC), an independent, nonpartisan think tank, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. The Forums take place quarterly at the Omni Parker House in Boston.

Past forum topics include (for transcripts of the forums, download transcript when pdf icon is available):

Forum Topics
No Ordinary Time: Advice for the New Governor in a Changed and Challenged Commonwealth, November 22, 2002 pdf download
The State of the Union: Understanding Marriage in Massachusetts, June 18, 2002 pdf download
The Political Gender Gap: Women in Massachusetts Politics, April 9, 2002 pdf download
East Meets West: Bridging the Politics, Economies and Histories of Eastern and Western Massachusetts, January, 2002 pdf download
Challenge of Change: The Future of Government Reform, October, 2001 pdf download
Looking Forward: Leading Commentators on the Future of Massachusetts, June, 2001 pdf download
New Economy, New Philanthropy? The Future of Giving in the Bay State, March, 2001   
A Republican Rebirth? The Future of the GOP in Massachusetts, December, 2000 pdf download
Beyond the Ivory Tower: The New Politics of Campus and Community in Massachusetts, September, 2000 pdf download
Public Trust/Private Profit: The Future of Community Newspapers in Massachusetts, June, 2000 pdf download
Values & the Public Debate: The Role of Religion and Morality in Massachusetts Politics, March, 2000 pdf download
Causes & Consequences: A Discussion of Youth Violence in Massachusetts, December, 1999  
Conflict or Consensus? The Renewed Debate Over Land Use Planning in Massachusetts, September, 1999 pdf download
A New Century of Work: The Future of Organized Labor in Massachusetts, June, 1999  
Teaching in Massachusetts: Recruiting, Training and Retaining the Next Generation of Teachers, March, 1999