AIF Blog

July 30, 2014
During Day Three of the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, civic engagement, especially for the millennial generation, was at the forefront of the discussion for several speakers and moderators. Retired US Army General Stanley A. McChrystal spoke with Director of the US Peace Corps Carrie Hessler-Radelet about the Franklin Project: an initiative to improve the citizenship of young people aged 18 to 28 through one year of...
July 21, 2014
Former US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson for the concluding conversation of Spotlight: Health, the health-focused event series kickoff to the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival. Keeping with the theme of the Festival, Sebelius was asked to predict how the state of US healthcare is likely to change by 2024.“I hope — and I think it’s...
July 11, 2014
As we humbly gathered two weeks ago at the Aspen Ideas Festival with some of the world’s preeminent thought leaders and changemakers, we were struck by the Aspen Institute's ability to structure its built environment not only to compliment the awe-inspiring natural landscape, but to provide spaces that enable true convening and productive dialogue. Of course as architects we take notice of these spaces and...
July 03, 2014
From left to right: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Vice President of Studies Marwan Muasher, New America President and CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter, and former Sen. George Mitchell at the 2014 Aspen Ideas FestivalThe 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival presented several discussions focused on the Middle East region in an effort to consider what the United States' role is and should be in resolving conflict there....
July 02, 2014
At Facebook and Google, there are thousands of requests to remove content each day, whether it is through a system of flagging something deemed “inappropriate” or at the order of a government. But at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, Facebook Head of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert and Google Vice President of Legal Nicole Alston shared that they have different views of where free speech will be in 10 years.“I’...
July 01, 2014
Cities help define our global civilisation. For hundreds of years, they have been the hubs around which we organise ourselves politically, commercially and culturally.Today, the size and number of our cities are growing at an astonishing rate. The United Nations projects that the world’s population will grow from roughly seven billion today to nine billion by the middle of the century. As part of that increase, the...
July 01, 2014
 Watch the Afternoon of ConversationThe Aspen Ideas Festival brings together thousands of thought leaders, politicians, and experts to discuss solutions to some of the most pressing issue of the day. The Afternoon of Conversation is an annual event that takes place halfway through the Festival and features talks with high-profile leaders. Read below for a recap of highlights during this year's dialogue, shared on...
June 30, 2014
“Inevitably you’re going to have to bring dads into this discussion if you’re going to talk about women in the workplace and equality.” — Kay Hymowitz“It’s about shared faith and a shared future; it’s about human capital. If we don’t invest in human capital, we’re sunk. Demographics are changing enormously; family structures are changing. What we’re trying to knot together is different ways of working.” — Anne Mosle...
June 29, 2014
What will America’s cities look like in 2024? Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Bloomberg Associates Principal Janette Sadik-Khan, Brookings Institute Vice President Bruce Katz, Speck and Associates Principal Jeff Speck joined Atlantic CityLab Editor Sommer Mathis at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss the changing face of America’s cities.As leadership in Washington remains gridlocked...
June 29, 2014
“Violence seems to be not just incidental to what goes on in America but seems to be part and parcel of the fabric of who we are.” — Anand Giridharadas“Half of all kids in public education are below the poverty line. Two-thirds of the achievement gap comes from factors outside of school. Teachers influence about seven to ten percent of what happens in kids’ lives. When you think about those statistics, you have to...

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