AIF Blog

January 30, 2015
During a conversation with IDEO founder Fred Dust at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, IDEO partner and Creative Confidence author Tom Kelley suggested that all humans have a natural ability to come up with creative ideas. Although some people might have unwittingly suppressed this skill, everyone can unleash it by finding the creative confidence to voice ideas. To illustrate mankind’s innate creativity, Kelley points...
January 22, 2015
The centerpiece of President Obama’s recent State of the Union address was about middle-class economics: how he proposed to strengthen America’s middle class through tax advantages that would help pay for things like child care, health care, and college — and by closing loopholes for the wealthy and large corporations.In his 2014 Aspen Lecture on The Politics and Economics of Inequality, public policy professor...
January 07, 2015
Recently named to several lists for the best books of 2014, Anand Giridharadas’s The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas tells the dual stories of a Bangladeshi immigrant to Texas and the white supremacist man who shot him. Far from a simple story about racist violence, Giridharasas paints an empathetic picture of the shooter, Mark Stroman, who throughout his life was let down by his family and societal systems...
December 17, 2014
As reported today, New York is officially moving toward a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. (Read news coverage here and here.)For a deeper dive into the issues surrounding the controversial drilling process, check out these sessions from the Festival.Fracking: Is There a Fix to the Fight (watch below)Colorado has led the way with the nation's strongest air pollution standards for oil and gas development,...
November 17, 2014
"Citizenship is like a muscle that can atrophy from too little use; if we want to strengthen it, we need to exercise it,'" says Stanley A. McChrystal in his recent Washington Post op-ed. He has been talking about national service at Aspen Ideas since 2012.Last summer, McChrystal spoke with Director of the US Peace Corps Carrie Hessler-Radelet about the Franklin Project: an initiative to improve the citizenship of...
November 03, 2014
Planning for the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health is well underway. Here's a brief look at the themes we'll be addressing:SPOTLIGHT HEALTH (June 25 – 28)This convening will be a deep dive for speakers and participants via four thematic tracks that will explore new frontiers in health.Navigating Global Health Threats Infectious diseases are emerging, the consequences of genetically-modified foods are...
October 17, 2014
Seven years ago, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington experienced burn out. She was so overtired and overstressed that she collapsed in her office, hit her head, and temporarily damaged her eye. That’s when she knew she needed to make a change. Huffington spoke at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival about unplugging, resting, and enjoying life; and her fourteenth book “Thrive: The Third...
October 08, 2014
When Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Dean Sally Blount's daughter wanted to take a gap year after high school and travel the world, Blount was hesitant. But when her daughter told her, "This is what the person I want to become would do," she changed her mind.Blount told this story at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, during a session entitled, "Our Future: The Best Thinking About the Transformative...
September 22, 2014
The largest climate march in history took place Monday in New York, just two days ahead of the UN climate summit on Tuesday. (More in the New York Times). As world leaders gather to search for solutions, we've compiled all of our climate coverage from the 2014 Festival here.Following are in-depth discussions about climate change that took place this summer in Aspen.Action, Consequence, Reaction, and Change: Getting...
September 19, 2014
As part of an initiative to broaden our audience and share ideas across several generations, we invited a range of high school students and recent graduates to join us at this year's Festival. The Youth Report blog series was born out of interviews these enterprising students did with several AIF speakers. We’re thrilled to share their voices here. By Mac Taylor, St. Paul's School, Class of 2017Being a prep-school...

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