From time to time I go looking for events where I might learn something new and get a different perspective. I also try to combine going to these events with meeting a friend, so we can discuss the subject. The LSE provides some great events and attracts interesting speakers. I try to avoid famous politicians as they tend to only say what we have already heard. I look out for people with expertise and something to say. Especially if it is about something I know little about.
Last night I went to hear Timothy Massad who has been on the front line of the U.S. effort to combat the financial crisis and reform the international financial regulatory system. He was appointed by President Obama as Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and was formerly as Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability at the U.S. Treasury. However, President-elect Trump will replace him as is customary with a new president.