View Past Events


The Boston Globe’s ‘Building a Better Commonwealth’ is an initiative designed to convene experts and innovators to engage in thought-provoking dialogue about issues and opportunities that exist in Massachusetts.  Through an ongoing series of dynamic events and constructive conversations on digital, mobile and social media platforms, the Globe invites participants and audience members to share fresh ideas and recommendations for making MA a better place to live and work.

View past events.

Related Articles Casino bid in Taunton spurs tribal turf fight

In choosing Taunton for a proposed tribal casino, the Mashpee Wampanoag figured they had the ideal location: close to the … Continue reading

Published April 20, 2012

Wynn shows his hand to Foxborough

Casino mogul Steve Wynn promised to design a gambling resort nestled into the landscape of Foxborough, in keeping with the … Continue reading


Menino reiterates support for Suffolk Downs

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino reiterated his support for construction of a casino at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, saying … Continue reading


Political veteran to head casino panel

Governor Deval Patrick yesterday appointed Stephen P. Crosby, who has worked for both Democrats and Republicans over the past three … Continue reading


The Talent Zone: Vertex, The Innovation District and Boston

The Innovation District in Boston is new and growing. Mayor Menino has supported its development to add to the world … Continue reading

Published October 26, 2011

Recent Events
  • Apr


    The debate over whether to legalize casinos was only the first step. The state must now decide how many and what kind of casinos to license and where to put them — a process that will be contentious and could significantly change the character of many communities.
  • May


    Loosen Up, Boston?
    Risqué movies are no longer “banned in Boston,” but proposals for new buildings, liquor licenses, and late operating hours often meet with great skepticism in many neighborhoods. To outsiders — and many local business owners and developers — efforts to protect neighborhoods come across as NIMBYism, nannyism, and resistance to a more active nightlife.
  • May


    The Hub of Startup Universe
    Everyday a new startup launches in Greater Boston. We boast of the highest venture capital per capita in the world, the largest business plan competition, the best and well-resourced universities, and the densest concentration of startups in the world. Yet are we doing enough to develop, attract and retain our best entrepreneurs and startups?