AIF Blog

July 02, 2015
Naomi Schaefer Riley is an author, columnist for the New York Post, and former Wall Street Journal editor. Her work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy, and culture. We caught up with Riley, an upcoming presenter at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and asked her to share her thoughts on the future of religion in America.She'll be speaking at the Festival on July 2nd on a panel called “Millennials Losing...
July 02, 2015
James Steyer is the CEO and Founder of Common Sense Media, a non-partisan organization dedicated to improving media and technology choices for kids and families. We caught up with Steyer, an upcoming presenter at the Aspen Ideas Festival, to learn more about the importance of tech in education. He'll be speaking at the Festival on July 2nd, on a panel called "Deep Dive: Is the Internet Taking Us Where We want to Go...
July 01, 2015
Dan Price is the CEO of Seattle-based Gravity Payments. Here, Price talks about his childhood in rural Idaho, physical labor, and the smartest idea he's heard all year. On July 2nd, he will present at the Festival about why he now earns his company’s minimum wage, which he recently set at $70,000.Who inspired you growing up?My Mom and Dad both work really hard and continuously set a great example for me. More...
July 01, 2015
By Hilary Sparrow, Guest BloggerHilary Sparrow is a senior supervising producer at Vulcan Productions, where she develops and produces feature films, television series, specials, and digital content designed to inspire people to take action on critical issues. We caught up with Sparrow, an upcoming presenter at the Aspen Festival, to learn more about how she uses film to incite change.She'll be speaking at the...
July 01, 2015
The Aspen Institute and The Atlantic in conjunction with Burson-Marsteller and Penn Schoen Berland conducted a poll, which asked Americans to define their versions of the dream, barriers to achieving it, and hopes for the future.Browse through the key findings. The American Dream Summary Report from aspeninstitute
July 01, 2015
Karla Ruiz Cofiño is a Guatemalan technology entrepreneur and co-founder of MILKnCOOKIES, an award-winning digital agency in Guatemala City. She will present on July 1 as part of Advice from Women Who Lead, and on July 2 in Vital Voices: Women’s Progress and Vision in the Fourth World.Who inspired you growing up?Definitely my parents. What are you optimistic about?The bad news is that we — as humans — have done a...
June 30, 2015
Shiza Shahid co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and led the organization as founding CEO. She will be speaking on July 1 at 9 PM, "Advice from Women Who Lead."Who inspired you growing up?I grew up in Pakistan, highly passionate about social justice from an early age. I looked up to those who were in the frontlines of that work in my community - civil society leaders, feminists,...
June 30, 2015
Sam Kean is a journalist and New York Times best-selling author. We caught up with Kean, an upcoming presenter at the Aspen Ideas Festival, to learn more about the findings in his new book on the brain, “The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons.”He'll be speaking at the Festival about his latest book on July 1st and joining a panel entitled “Gray Matter: This is Your Brain after 50” on July 2nd. Aspen Idea: You tackled...
June 29, 2015
Eric Dawson is co-founder and president of Peace First, an organization with a track record of reducing violence and promoting youth social-emotional learning by building the long-term capacity of schools to teach basic skills of peacemaking. We caught up with Dawson, a presenter at the Aspen Ideas Festival, to learn more about his goal to teach youth to be problem-solvers.He spoke at the Festival on June 28th on a...
June 29, 2015
 Daniel Lubetzky is the founder and CEO of KIND Healthy Snacks. He will be speaking at noon on June 29: Making Money, Making a Difference: Can the Twin Goals of Capitalism and Doing Good Work? Who inspired you growing up? My dad is one of my greatest inspirations. He was born in Eastern Europe and was nine years old when World War II started. His family was sent to the Kovno Ghetto, and three years later, he was...

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