Policy makers, development experts and academics gathered at the Harvard Kennedy School in late October to develop “Trillion Dollar Ideas to Build Prosperity,” which was the theme for this year’s Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM12), sponsored by the Center for International Development (CID).

The fifth in a series, GEM12 continued last year’s discussions on new strategies for accelerating growth and unlocking the economic potential of developing countries. It offered a platform for engaging new ideas while promoting direct interaction between those who create the ideas, and the implementers and supporters necessary to give the concepts “legs.”

Meeting topics ranged from “Building a State Capability: The PDIA Approach” to “Emotion, Reason and Moral Progress.” Each expert presented a synopsis of their ideas and the sessions concluded with an open discussion between panelists and audience members.