Sunday Session: Looking to the Past to Inform the Future

Seminar Network Chairman Brian Hooks set the tone of Sunday’s session of The Seminar Network’s winter meeting by asking members to look to the social entrepreneurs “who refuse to let division and problems consume them,” and instead ask “how do we solve these problems?” The answer, he said, was to unite with anyone to help …

The Next Step in Getting Felons on the Right Path and Into the Workplace

The biggest feather in the Koch network’s cap from 2018 was the passage of the First Step Act, a long-debated package of criminal justice reforms and prison anti-recidivism programs. The legislation aimed to ensure that a felon’s first trip to prison would be their last, and that felons can get education and training behind bars, …

Unlikely Alliance Gets Results on Criminal Justice Reform

“Unite with anyone to do right” is the attitude that forged an unlikely – but ultimately successful – alliance to reform our federal criminal justice system, culminating in a strong bipartisan vote in the U.S. House and Senate for the First Step Act. This landmark law is already helping federal inmates reconnect with their families …

Seminar Network, SHRM Unite to Help Businesses Hire Those with Criminal Records

Charles Koch, chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, today challenged business leaders attending The Seminar Network’s winter meeting to build on the momentum of the recently passed First Step Act by utilizing tools and best practices to open opportunities for individuals with criminal records who are pursuing a second chance. “As business people, we have …

Can Researching the Brain Bridge Ideological Divisions?

Can psychology and neuroscience play a role in bridging the partisan and ideological divides in America? One of the Koch network’s lesser-known operations is the Charles Koch Foundation’s Courageous Collaborations Initiative, which supports “supporting interdisciplinary research to overcome intolerance, new models for peaceful interactions, and experiments that can heal fractured communities” – in short, studying the …