Nicholas Gruen on Government as Impresario: Emergent Public Goods and Public Private Partnerships 2.0 [AUDIO]

January 14th, 2014

We’re used to thinking that public goods must be produced by governments. But there’s a fundamental and growing class of public goods that emerge from private interaction. Today emergent public goods — Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia — burgeon on the internet ushering in a new age. But there must exist a panoply of public goods which could be brought into existence by the right kind of partnership between private and public endeavor.

In this talk, Nicholas Gruen — a widely published policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator who has been a regular columnist in the Courier Mail, the Australian Financial Review, the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald — explores the economic basis for public/private partnerships, and shares examples of innovative partnerships that thrive in the internet age.

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