Mary Jo Bane served under President Clinton as assistant
secretary for children and families in the Department of Health and Human Services from 1993-1996. She is currently the Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy school of government and is the co-author of Lifting Up the Poor: A Dialogue on Religion, Poverty, & Welfare Reform.
Benjamin Barber is the Gershon and Carrol Kekst Professor of Civil Society at the University of Maryland and a principal of the Democracy Collaborative, with offices in New York, Washington, and the University of Maryland. He is the author of many books, including Jihad vs. McWorld, Fear's Empire: War, Terrorism, and Democracy and the forthcoming Consumed: The Fate of Citizens under Capitalism Triumpant.