About this Show


C
ommon Ground with Bill Walton explores the questions – how does the world really work and what actions, principles and policies work to make people’s lives better.

It’s a show with in-depth conversations with leaders, creatives, thinkers and activists from the worlds of policy, business, non-profits, politics and the arts. Topics are wide ranging: money, public policy, personal growth, individual freedom, entrepreneurship, financial security, community engagement, culture, the arts, film, education … and of course politics.

  • As far as Bill is concerned, our foundational aim should be how to expand opportunity and prosperity and human flourishing – those things that really work day-to-day for people in the real world. This is not a program about politics per se, although it seems politics pervades everything.

    The common ground is not where people go to split differences; it’s where there is a foundation of common interest or comprehension and this interest is or should be human flourishing and it’s this that should drive any political agenda.

    For the last four decades Bill Walton has been a business executive, a leader and an entrepreneur starting, leading and financing both for-profit and non-profit organizations. He’s been a CEO of a public company, run private equity firms, led start-ups and worked in strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions. He’s owned firms that provided educational services, and he’s had a hand in producing three movies.

Topics are wide ranging: money, public policy, personal growth, individual freedom, entrepreneurship, financial security, community engagement, culture, the arts, film, education … and of course politics.
  • He has sat on numerous arts, education and public policy boards and has led numerous nonprofits. He has made friends from all over the world – experts in everything from political economy to investing to educational policy to film and culture. (For a more detailed bio of Bill, click here.)

    What he’s learned – from his successes, failures and experiences in the arena – are the lessons in how to make money, lead organizations and how government policy can limit or enhance human and economic potential.

    What he’s come to believe is that it’s the principles of limited government, freedom of opportunity, a robust civil society, the rule of law and simple bourgeois virtues are those that lead to human flourishing.

    It’s clear that progressive ideas have proven to be, in the main, materialistic, zero-sum and divisive. They’ve politicized every corner of life. Why isn’t the Great Society so great, for instance? What did we incentivize with these policies and how might they be realigned to produce more flourishing and less dependence? Our schools are failing far too many and getting worse. It’s time for new solutions.


Topics are dealt with deliberately and explored thoroughly so everyone can benefit from the experiences of both Walton and his guests on the show.
  • The format of the show will vary, with some guests aligned with Bill’s views and other’s in disagreement – some of Bill’s best friends are misguided progressives – with ideas teased out carefully to understand not just the guests’ point of view but also the case behind it.

    These are not the kinds of discussions that can take place in the 5-minute shout-fests on cable news.

    They are dealt with deliberately and explored thoroughly so everyone can benefit from the experiences of both Walton and his guests on the show. The program is about getting those ideas the exposure they need to gain the acceptance to move into our common comprehension and be part of our common ground of human flourishing.