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The architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of renovation and repair. One of the things that makes it harder and harder to connect with ourselves — and thus our creativity, intuition, and wisdom — is our increasing dependence on technology. We are not just distracted by devices, texts, emails, constant notifications, and social media, but addicted to them.

Featuring:
Arianna Huffington

The inaugural Aspen Ideas Award, developed with Booz Allen Hamilton, recognizes innovative ideas from Festival presenters and scholars that impact communities around the world. In this session, five Award Finalists, chosen from over one hundred applicants, will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges in front of a live Festival audience. One Finalist will walk away with $25,000 to bring their idea to action.

Cocktails, conversation, and great tunes with one of American music’s brightest rising stars — and the new bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Featuring:
Jon Batiste, Walter Isaacson

Over the past decade, coalitions in about a dozen countries have embraced initiatives based on a desired outcome in individuals and populations called “physical literacy.” These efforts have been launched in response to a common problem in industrialized societies: declining rates of physical activity. What is physical literacy? Can it be measured? And how can we build a cross-sector movement around it in the United States, with special focus on engaging the most vulnerable children?

Featuring:
Ken Davis, Kathleen Sebelius, Tom Farrey, Shale Wong

The televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley in the summer of 1968 are the subject of the new PBS documentary. They skyrocketed ABC from dead last in the ratings and birthed a new era in public discourse. Today the heavily scripted exchanges of Sunday-morning television and 24-hour news are a far cry from the explosive but informed vitriol that surrounded the arguments between two of our country’s towering intellectuals.

Featuring:
Sam Tanenhaus, Marie Nelson, Matt Tyrnauer

Modern campaigns have become fund-raising arms races, distorting whom our elected officials feel accountable to and compromising a fundamental tenet of democracy — electoral representation. Comprehensive legislative or judicial solutions to this problem are difficult to imagine in today’s environment.

Featuring:
John Pudner, Heather Smith, Ben Rattray, Lucas Welch, Heather McGhee, David Leonhardt

Addiction has been scientifically established as a disease, not an absence of willpower. Neuroscientists are studying how drugs of abuse alter the brain, animal models are guiding us to new knowledge at the molecular level, and genetic tests are helping to distinguish many forms of addiction. With such research comes hope for better prevention strategies, more effective pharmaceutical regimens, reduced stigma, and new guidelines for achieving lasting recovery.

Featuring:
Jamison Monroe, Gary Mendell, Eric Nestler, Nora D. Volkow, Alan Weil

Think beyond the beach with acclaimed National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle and former NOAA Director Jane Lubchenco. Some of the earth’s most breathtaking natural wonders are not on land at all. Kelp forests and coral reefs, seismic trenches that could swallow the Grand Canyon, and undersea creatures that science has hardly named – what does the future hold for these mysterious places? How can we experience them without disturbing their delicate balance?

Featuring:
Jane Lubchenco, Sylvia Earle, Andrew Revkin

Documentary producer Abigail Disney's directorial debut follows the journey of Reverend Rob Schenck, an evangelical minister who finds the courage to preach about the toll of gun violence in America. An anti-abortion activist, Schenck questions whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life, much to the discomfort of his colleagues.

Featuring:
Abigail Disney, Lucia McBath, Rob Schenck, Marie Nelson

“In My Shoes” gives participants license to step into the shoes of strangers and experience the world from that very different perspective. Initially developed to facilitate communication between patients with traumatic brain injuries and those who support them, it is a tool to challenge preconceptions and facilitate understanding.

Featuring:
Jane Gauntlett

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a three-part, six-hour documentary series directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman and executive produced by Ken Burns, tells the comprehensive story of cancer from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. The series is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Dr.

Featuring:
Elliot Gerson, Barak Goodman, Corey Casper

By June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to rule in the marriage equality cases coming out of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. Join us for a wide ranging discussion on these cases with the legal dream team that helped make this a reality, former Solicitor General Ted Olson and star litigator David Boies. Neal Katyal, former Acting Solicitor General, will moderate. Underwritten by EY.

(Ticketed Event)

Featuring:
David Boies, Theodore B. Olson, Neal Katyal

Before Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, almost one-quarter of New Orleans residents lived below the poverty line, 20 percent lacked health insurance, and rates of infant mortality and chronic disease were among the highest in the US. Charity Hospital, one of the oldest public hospitals in the nation, provided more than 80 percent of all uncompensated care in the area. The decision to close the iconic hospital following the storm tore a huge hole through the city’s safety net.

Featuring:
Walter Isaacson, Karen DeSalvo

HP Matter partnered with award-winning documentary filmmaker, Alison Klayman to develop a short film series that spotlights the innovation behind some of today’s most successful, technology-driven businesses. They highlight the vision, entrepreneurial passion and technological infrastructure these companies and celebrate the spirit of disruption that inspires us all to think beyond the confines of what’s possible today. (Content produced by HP.)

(Ticketed Event)

Featuring:
Ramón Baez, Alison Klayman

Financier Bill Browder took his hedge fund prowess to Moscow, growing the largest investment fund in Russia following the collapse of the Soviet Union. But when Browder exposed corruption amidst the companies in his portfolio, Vladimir Putin expelled him from Russia.

Featuring:
William Browder

How can we create a new roadmap for “higher health?" Based on the latest findings in both mainstream and integrative medicine, panelists will discuss practical ways to experience higher consciousness, transformation, and healing, as well as new social paradigms for how we can interact with our communities. Strategies will be shared on how to promote creativity, innovation, and social well-being.

Featuring:
Deepak Chopra, Paul Mills, Poonacha Machaiah, Gina Murdock

With Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and journalist Kai Ryssdal.

(Ticketed Event)

Featuring:
Thomas Perez, Kai Ryssdal

Medical tourism, once a cost-only issue, has evolved over the past 10 years to meet the changing expectations of those who seek care outside their home countries. Large US-based medical centers are entering into joint ventures to build and staff hospitals in the Middle East and Asia, putting attention not only on quality, outcomes, and fees, but also on making the travel and healthcare experiences easier and more comfortable.

Featuring:
Dan Bonk

Among his accomplishments, Summers has held leadership positions at the World Bank, the US Treasury, Harvard University, and the National Economic Council for the Obama administration. Here, Summers discusses the mounting crisis of income inequality.

Featuring:
David Leonhardt, Lawrence H. Summers

During the Ebola crisis, strong grassroots relationships and homegrown leadership made the difference between life and death. Drawing on that learning, movers and shakers from the Aspen New Voices Fellowship will share their stories about the silo-busting connections that can be forged under stress. From Sierra Leone to Nepal, these kinds of bonds keep our most vulnerable communities healthier and safer in perilous times.

UNDERWRITTEN BY THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION

Featuring:
John Cary, Courtney E. Martin

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