The Greene Institute’s Managing the Disruption Conference is an annual event bringing together thought leaders in business, academia, government, and non-profits to create new opportunities that can combat a rapidly changing economy where automation continues to threaten the sustainability of the blue-collar workforce.

Jeff Greene was born in 1954 in Worcester, Massachusetts to middle-class parents who taught and instilled in him a strong set of moral and economic values that would become the basis of a long and fortuitous career in real estate investment and development.

After being admitted to The Johns Hopkins University, Greene worked his way through with a variety of jobs and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and sociology in just two and a half years. After 3 more years working as a telemarketer, Greene saved up enough to attend Harvard Business School and began to build his real estate portfolio as he earned his MBA. 

 By the time he completed his second year at Harvard Business School, Greene had accumulated 18 properties and a net worth of over a million dollars.  By 2006, Greene had built a real estate portfolio of over $1 billion.  In 2010, Greene decided to seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in Florida.  As a Floridian and a father Jeff ran a solutions focused campaign.

Today, Greene manages a vast portfolio of financial investments in real estate, hospitality and energy.  He is an active philanthropist supporting a variety of charities and is a signatory to the Buffet-Gates Giving Pledge. He and his wife, Mei Sze, are the founders of The Greene School, dedicated to empowering high-performing students to be adaptive, confident and productive stewards of an evolving world.


Technological and cultural change no longer evolves in a measured pace over several generations. The velocity of the rate of change is now exponentially greater than at any time in human history.

Although we all feel the visceral effects of these changes, what is less evident is an understanding of the limitations of our collective and individual capacity to perceive, understand and adapt to the changes that are happening all around us. 

The tools, paradigms, worldviews, and strategies that worked in past generations now no longer work, and we find ourselves adrift in a sea of dislocation and disruption. Volatility is the new normal as we see the rise of nationalism, populism, and extreme political polarization here and in Europe. Add to this the wide spread destruction of blue and now white collar jobs as artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data and robots continue to advance at lightning speed and we see a scenario that is dangerous at best and catastrophic at worst.

Thomas Friedman, in his book Thank You for Being Late expressed this idea very succinctly:

"Indeed, there is a mismatch between the change in the pace of change and our ability to develop the learning systems, training systems, management systems, social safety nets, and government regulations that would enable citizens to get the most out of these accelerations and cushion their worst impacts. This mismatch, as we will see, is at the center of much of the turmoil roiling politics and society in both developed and developing countries today. It now constitutes probably the most important governance challenge across the globe."

How do we, as a nation and citizens, adapt to this rapidly shifting environment? What steps do we need to take long-term to ensure our future and the future of our children and grandchildren?

We believe that we urgently need to address these important questions:

  • At what point does the gap between the velocity of the rate of change and our adaptive capacity become catastrophic?
  • At what point is the dislocation caused by this mismatch so extreme, the divisions and polarizations so pronounced, that the center can no longer hold and our society is literally ripped apart?
  • And finally, and most importantly, what can be done to begin to manage the disruption, to accelerate our adaptive capacity to rethink and reinvent our political systems, our businesses, our educational institutions, and our philanthropic organizations so that they are truly effective in this emerging future?

From April 2-3 2017, Managing the Disruption will convene world-class thinkers and doers from business, academia, government, foundations and nonprofits to chart a path forward to create opportunities for all of society and protect the American dream for the next generation.


We need brilliant and influential people to work together to address the dramatic problems that confront us as what will prove to be an exciting but extremely dangerous future. The need to create impactful strategies and to take meaningful action is top of mind for many individuals, corporations, non-profits, and foundations.

By becoming a sponsor, you can help us to shine a light on the ideas and people who will help us create a positive and productive future, while at the same time working to mitigate the challenges created by the rapid pace of technological disruption and globalization.

Managing the Disruption sponsorship benefits include:

  • Ability to showcase your company and gain visibility with executives, industry experts and professors

  • Position your expertise and experience among peers.

  • Craft a working relationship with The Greene Institute that is mutually beneficial.

We offer various levels of event sponsorships allowing you and your company to customize your level of support.

Please contact Sarah Nilsen at sarah@pbifunds.com for more information.



You can also view the Managing the Disruption official press release here.




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April 2 - 3, 2017


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