Issues and Ideas Luncheon, October 2005

Listen to Expert Speakers Over Lunch

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is pleased to host monthly Issues & Ideas Luncheons in Lansing. These luncheons, which feature experts on a diverse array of subjects, offer a forum that enhances and broadens the policy debate to include theoretical and philosophical ideals—and suggestions for achieving them.

News media, legislators, policy staff and interested citizens are cordially invited to the


“The Organ Shortage and Public Policy”

David J. Undis
Founder and Executive Director


Wednesday, October 12, 2005


12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


The Mackinac Room, 5th Floor, House Office Building
124 N. Capitol
Lansing, MI 48933


Lunch is provided at no charge, with reservation.

The shortage of human organs for transplant operations kills about 8,000 Americans every year. Most of these deaths are needless, since Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. Dave Undis is spearheading an effort to reduce the organ shortage by allocating organs first to registered organ donors. He will discuss how public policy contributes to the organ shortage and the role public policy makers can play in reducing it.

Dave Undis is Executive Director of LifeSharers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit network of organ donors. Membership is free and open to all at Members agree to donate their organs first to fellow members, before offering them to the general public. By creating a pool of organs available first to registered organ donors, LifeSharers members create an incentive for all Americans to register as organ donors. Mr. Undis formed LifeSharers in 2002 following a 25-year career in the insurance business. He received a M.B.A. from New York University in 1984 and a B.A. from Macalester College in 1976.

The luncheon begins promptly at noon. Please make reservations for yourself or your guests by 5 p.m. on Oct. 10 by calling the Mackinac Center at (989) 631‑0900.

The Purpose of the Issues & Ideas Luncheon

The nature of the legislative process is such that public policy debates are often framed by specific constituencies and political pragmatism rather than by sound principles. By offering a forum for wide-ranging discussion, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy hopes to broaden the debate to include theoretical and philosophical ideals — and how to achieve them. The best interests of Michigan citizens can be served only when legislation incorporates our best understanding of legal, economic, psychological, moral and scientific principles.


Want to be alerted about events we have coming up? Sign up here!