Samuel Gregg shares during this interview his work and how he became the director of research at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids. He starts by revealing what got him interested in natural law, economics and pursuing Ph.D. studies.
Gregg exposes how Aristotle, Cicero, Adam Smith, and Michael Novak have influenced his work and, in a way, his beliefs. He also explains how he ended up working in a think-tank, the transition from the academic world after getting the Ph.D. and then going to the Acton Institute.
Doing focus research, you just can't do whatever you want, you have to very focused on what you're working on.”
For Samuel, the think-tanks allow opportunities for educational formation and compensate the gap in universities when it comes to having a good foundation on economics and natural law thinking. He points out all the elements and some of the challenges that had contributed to the success of the Acton Institute, including how religious believers want to be able to understand the free society and market economy.
We take opportunities that we see out there with new forms of technology. We maintain the integrity, the coherence and the depth of the ideas.”
Gregg describes the future of the institution and the strategies they are using to increase their impact in society; like documentaries, educational curriculum in different languages and social media. He highlights the importance of maintaining a comprehensible message regardless of the means and medium of delivery. Finally, he reveals his favorite part of being a director research and why he finds interesting to work at the Acton Institute.
Director of Research, Acton Institute
Universidad Francisco Marroquín