AIF Blog

July 04, 2015
 Above, the five high school teams from Denver, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, who won this year’s Aspen Challenge, present their winning solutions to issues they face in their communities. By Guest Blogger Scarlett SinayScarlett Sinay is a senior at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, California. She was a communications intern during the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, CO. Below, Sinay...
July 04, 2015
If there’s one thread that ran through the Aspen Ideas Festival’s signature event, the Afternoon of Conversation, it was about identity: what it means to be American, how identity intersects with racial perceptions and realities, current challenges and issues with American identity, how identity intersects with opportunity, and how American identity manifests itself around the world, in philanthropy, in trade, and...
July 03, 2015
Mark Oppenheimer writes the Beliefs column, about religion, for The New York Times and is an editor at large for the online magazine Tablet. He will be presenting at the Festival on July 2 in these sessions: Can the Pope Change the Catholic Church and Millennials Losing Faith. And on July 3 look for the session entitled Dispatches from the Split Screen: Islam and the Media.Who inspired you growing up? Alex P. Keaton...
July 03, 2015
Eli J. Finkel is a professor at Northwestern University with appointments in psychology and in the Kellogg School of Management. Most of his research revolves around two broad topics: romantic relationships and self-control. Look for his session, The Four Sources of Happiness on July 3 at Aspen Ideas.What’s your favorite bottle of wine?A 1982 bottle of Dom Perignon. On December 30th, 2006, my wife and I were cross-...
July 02, 2015
By Jordan Alam, Guest BloggerI was having trouble writing about healing work and ritual. Though I practice these things personally and in my work context, I felt overwhelmed by how much I had to say about it. And you know what they say: when you can do anything, you tend to do nothing. So I have organized this piece in the form of questions that I’ve gotten from others or that have been on my mind when I talk about...
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

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