AIF Blog

April 26, 2016
Best-selling author of The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything Fast! Josh Kaufman shares universal, field-tested approaches to effective learning and rapid skill acquisition in adults. From deconstructing complex skills to maximizing productive practice and removing common learning barriers, Kaufman describes how 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice can help you develop surprising levels of skill in any field...
April 20, 2016
Vivienne Ming is an entrepreneur and theoretical neuroscientist. She will speak at Spotlight Health 2016.Four years ago, my family spent our worst Thanksgiving at Oakland Children’s Hospital. It began innocently the preceding Sunday with my son showing signs of the flu. By Wednesday, though, he’d lost 25% of his body weight and was having trouble standing. Squeezing us in before the holiday, our pediatrician broke...
April 19, 2016
The architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of renovation and repair. One of the things that makes it harder to connect with ourselves — and thus our creativity, intuition, and wisdom — is our increasing dependence on technology. In this episode, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington explains how devices, texts, emails, constant notifications, and social media are not just...
April 14, 2016
Mei Fong is an author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. In November her book "One Child: The Story of China's Most Radical Experiment" was released. She will speak about the book and China's one-child policy at Spotlight Health.How has what you’ve called the “longest running social experiment” – the one-child policy - shaped modern China?It has made modern-day China’s population extremely imbalanced. The policy...
April 13, 2016
California residents participate in the Norcal Science and Technology Fest (Photo courtesy of the Bezos Family Foundation)Bezos Scholars are high-performing high school juniors and educators chosen through a competitive application process from across the United States and the African Leadership Academy. Those selected receive scholarships to attend and participate in the Aspen Ideas Festival and are tasked with...
April 12, 2016
The “Aspen Ideas to Go” podcast is a weekly show featuring fascinating speakers who have presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs offered by the Aspen Institute — including Aspen Words, the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series, and various events around the country. For a curated listening experience, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or listen to each...
April 07, 2016
Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, debates the free college question at the Aspen Ideas Festival. It’s a question of fierce debate but not much progress lately: What to do, if anything, about the escalating cost of college and expanding burden of student debt? President Obama wants to make two-year community colleges free — his proposal, dubbed America’s College Promise, has stalled in...
April 05, 2016
The “Aspen Ideas to Go” podcast is a weekly show featuring fascinating speakers who have presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs offered by the Aspen Institute — including Aspen Words, the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series, and various events around the country. For a curated listening experience, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or listen to each...
March 31, 2016
Josh Kaufman is a quick learner. He picked up how to wind surf, strum songs on the ukulele, play an ancient Chinese board game, and program a computer. Each skill was acquired in a month, with daily dedicated practice. So how did he do it? Kaufman revealed his recipe for rapid skill acquisition for adults at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival and in his book The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything...Fast!Kaufman...
March 29, 2016
 The “Aspen Ideas to Go” podcast is a weekly show featuring fascinating speakers who have presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs offered by the Aspen Institute — including Aspen Words, the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series, and various events around the country. For a curated listening experience, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or listen to each...

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