On March 17th I attended a design talk called Making It, the second talk in the series Home Front: American Furniture Now, at MAD curated by Dan Rubenstein.
No one cares more about the plight of the independent designer in America than I, and bravo to everyone involved in The Home Front for instigating a dialogue, but the conversation on the 17th was very basic.
I wish these talks well, but I have yet to attend a panel discussion about design that actually forges new ground, or offers real solutions to our predicament here in the USA. I will try to make it to the other talks, to lend support and see if discussions get more interesting, but ultimately I do not think discussing it will change anything.
There are three more presentations in the series at the MAD on Columbus Circle in the cute little theater in the basement (I'm pretty sure its from the original building design).