Just back from one of the Kauffman Foundation’s “liberaltarian” dinners, organized by Brink Lindsay and Steve Teles. Steve talked about his new project on what he calls the “kudzu sectors” of the economy: finance, law, and consulting. I’m jealous of the fact that Steve keeps opening up new topics while I keep ploughing the same ground.
As is often the case, Megan McArdle made one of the most insightful comments of the evening, about why bright B.A.s prefer consulting to working for “real” companies or governments. Before the formal event started, Megan updated me on her book-in-progress, on failure and how to arrange social institutions to make it appropriately painful but not catastrophic.
No doubt there’s an equivalently exciting dinner series in L.A., but I haven’t found it.