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March 2018

Business Spotlight: Kristiansand (Norway) & Austin (Texas)

The World Affairs Council of Austin, along with the City of Austin, Business Region Kristiansand, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Kristiansand are pleased to present this informative business opportunities briefing.  American corporate executives are encouraged to explore and leverage the existing trade relationship between Central Texas and the Agder Region of Norway. This interactive program will provide attendees with information about the resources available to companies considering a trans-Atlantic expansion.  Attendees will learn how Kristiansand provides a…

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Conversation with Leo Varadakar, T.D. Prime Minister of Ireland

SXSW, the Consulate General of Ireland in Austin and the World Affairs Council of Austin are pleased to announce a conversation featuring Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, with Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune.  During the event attendees will learn how tech made Ireland become one of the most open and globalized economies in the world. Mr. Varadkar will also discuss Irish innovation at this year’s SXSW and how the Irish tech sector is increasingly impacting the US economy. Leo Varadkar was…

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Cities without Borders: From Austin to Bologna and the EU to Central Texas

Join the European Union, the City of Austin, and the World Affairs Council of Austin for a gathering of those working in and with cities interested in exploring the growing opportunities available for international city-to-city cooperation. The meetup will showcase Austin’s partnerships with Bologna, Italy and Lulea, Sweden around sustainable development, economic development, and cultural relations. We’ll also introduce EU and Central Texas trade reps working to expand their respective international trade relationships. In addition to a sandwich lunch and…

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Sustaining High Tech and Creative Industries

Agile cities with populations below 1 million are becoming global leaders in creativity and innovation. Norwegian cities are leveraging these attributes and providing a foundation for entrepreneurs to launch successful companies. Learn more about the diverse and imaginative ways cities and regions in Norway are impacting and redefining the meaning of a sustainable community. Moderator: Jaya Tomlinson, City of Trondheim Program Welcome and Introduction Øyvind Laderud, Business Advisor, Business Region Kristiansand Jim Butler, Creative Industries Manager, City of Austin Leveraging…

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  • 29th March 2018 - Thursday
  • Neill-Cochran House Museum
  • 2310 San Gabriel Street, Austin, TX.

World Spins Series: Will Blockchain Disrupt World Trade?

The World Economic Forum estimates that 10% of the world’s GDP will be recorded in blockchains by 2027. So it’s something that everyone in business needs to know about! But what is blockchain, why is it so special, and what is its real promise for global business? This presentation will cut through the considerable hype and FUD that is associated with this transformational technology, provide a plain English overview of its architecture and its benefits, and explain some of the…

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Winning, Losing, and Values—from 2 Guys on Your Head at KUT Radio


The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, is proud to present the Texas Enterprise Speaker Series. Values matter in the workplace, because they determine the frame that we place on the interactions that we have with others.  To put this into context, it is important to understand the psychology of values and the role that these values play in the way people interpret the world.  We discuss this…

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April 2018

World Spins Series: National Security and Climate Change

    The second in a two-part series on the impact how changing weather patterns and public policy Despite President Trump’s stated intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, there is a consensus among U.S. military leaders included Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and even Chief of Staff John Kelly, that climate change poses a serious threat to national security. What are the implications — and who’s leading the charge? Dr. Josh Busby is an internationally-recognized expert on climate change…

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  • 17th April 2018 - Tuesday
  • St. Edwards University, Jones Auditorium
  • 3001 South Congress, Austin, TX.
  • http://NoRSVPneeded

Challenges to the Western Liberal Order

The Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University, in collaboration with the World Affairs Council of Austin, is  offering a series of sessions titled “Challenges to the Western Liberal Order”.  The session on Tuesday April 17th will feature leading policy officials and academics representing nations of the transatlantic community, Russia and China to discuss challenges to the rules and traditions and values of the existing Western liberal order.  Forum participants will explore the pressures on domestic and international political and financial institutions…

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The U.S. Exchange Visitor Program: Opportunities for Non-USG Entities to Host Their Own International Exchange Programs

The U.S. Exchange Visitor Program has 13 categories for privately-funded, non-USG exchange programs. Join us to learn from Ms. Karen Hawkins, Director, Office of Private Sector Exchange Designation, U.S. Department of State, will highlight the size, scope, and profile of the program! Karen Hawkins has been with the Department of State and the Exchange Visitor Program for over twenty-five years. Karen has worked on all aspects of the Program, including program analyst for the secondary school student, teacher, post-secondary student,…

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Rethink Health Care Spending: Are You (and Your Employees) Getting Your Money’s Worth?


The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, is proud to present the Texas Enterprise Speaker Series. Join us on 20 April for a presentation by Elizabeth Teisberg, Ph.D.Executive Director, Value Institute for Health and Care at Dell Medical School, McCombs School of Business.  Does health care spending seem uncontrollable and ineffective? Are you and your employees adrift in an ever-shifting landscape of legislation, mergers, rising costs, and ineffective…

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