Attn, DC Reasonoids: Nick Gillespie Talking About Organ-Donation Policy, Wed. July 22 at 2PM: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED!


UPDATE ON JULY 22: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. WE'LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN IT'S RESCHEDULED. and Editor in Chief Nick Gillespie will be moderating a discussion on organ-donation policy at The American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC on Wednesday, July 22. Registration is free but required for attendance.


When Altruism Isn't Enough: The Case for Compensating Kidney Donors

Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Wohlstetter Conference Center, Twelfth Floor, AEI

1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036

The national organ shortage was in the spotlight recently thanks to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, whose liver transplant made headlines. His story highlights the inevitable problems of fairness and scarcity endemic to the U.S. transplant establishment. Not only do thousands die each year waiting on an organ that never arrives, but a global black market has blossomed to supply organs to desperate patients.

At this event, Sally Satel, M.D., will discuss her new book, When Altruism Isn't Enough: The Case for Compensating Kidney Donors (AEI Press, 2009). She will be joined by Daniel Asa Rose, who travelled to China with his cousin to procure a kidney and wrote about it in the new book Larry's Kidney. Nick Gillespie, editor in chief of and, will moderate a discussion between Rose and Satel about their personal experiences with the organ transplant system in the United States and abroad, defects in the current system, and policy remedies.

1:45 p.m.  Registration

2:00          Welcome: Sally Satel, M.D., AEI

2:15          Presenters: Daniel Asa Rose, author, Larry's Kidney, & Sally Satel, M.D., AEI

                 Moderator:  Nick Gillespie, and

3:30          Adjournment

Please register online at or by faxing this form to 202.862.7171.

Shortly after the event occurs, a video webcast will be available on the AEI website at

For more information, please contact Elizabeth DuPre at or call 202.828.6037.

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In a video that features Satel and former Reason Editor Virginia Postrel, discussed compensating organ donors in "Organ Transplants: Kidneys for Sale." Watch below and go here for downloadable versions, embed code, and related links on the topic. Approximately 10 minutes.