AIF Blog

January 17, 2017
Those who study human behavior have learned that simply by encouraging—or “nudging”—individuals toward the right decisions for themselves, dramatic improvements can be made. Cultural commentator David Brooks and Cass Sunstein, legal scholar and the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School, discuss the power of “nudge” and...
January 11, 2017
David Rothkopf, CEO and editor of the FP Group, speaks with Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg at the Aspen Ideas Festival. As President Barack Obama prepares to step down, we look back on his accomplishments and shortcomings. The talks below examine how Obama tackled race as the nation’s first African American president, his work to deal with the recession, create the Affordable Care Act,...
January 10, 2017
In these final days of Barack Obama’s presidency, we consider how the future will view his leadership. Will economic recovery and health care victories at home be overshadowed by what many see as his failure to intervene meaningfully in conflicts abroad? Critics on the left wish the president had gone further on several key issues, while critics on the right have little good to say about Obama’s...
January 06, 2017
 Announcing the first ever Aspen Ideas photo contest! The America I Know track at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival looks at our deeply divided country and how we can build bridges. As part of the track, we’re partnering with IPPAWARDS, or the iPhone Photography Awards, to explore as many “Americas” as we can through the modern camera lens. We want to see your perception of this vast and varied land. Show us the faces,...
January 03, 2017
What actually happens to the brain when we meditate? Published studies have documented the many physical and mental health benefits of meditation, including decreased pain, better immune function, less anxiety and depression, a heightened sense of well-being, and greater happiness and emotional self-control. Imaging studies show, with meditation there’s increased activity in brain regions associated with...
December 29, 2016
Managing director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde is featured in the Aspen Ideas to Go podcast.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...
December 28, 2016
Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post interviews US Attorney General Loretta Lynch at Aspen Ideas 2016.At the 12th annual Aspen Ideas Festival, hundreds of the world’s most exciting medical experts, politicians, business leaders, journalists, academics, and artists flooded the Institute’s Aspen campus to discuss the ideas that are changing the planet. Read below for highlights.Vice President Joe Biden and the...
December 27, 2016
“I spent the first half of my life being afraid,” says Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of the bestselling memoir of transgender experience, She’s Not There, “and the second half telling people to be brave.” In this episode, Boylan opens up about her battle with suicide, how society treats her differently as a female, and the power of love and family. She talks about living life as a...
December 23, 2016
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at Spotlight Health 2016.Word has gotten out that Spotlight Health is the health conference to attend. Last summer in Aspen, Colorado, participants, speakers, and experts spent three days discussing the biggest ideas in the most innovative fields. Read, watch, and listen below for some of the highlights.Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on curbing the opioid epidemicOver the past 10 years,...
December 20, 2016
Author and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman says the world has entered an age of dizzying acceleration, and in this episode, he explains how to live in it. His latest book Thank you for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations delves into mega changes in terms of computing power, the global economy, and the environment. How do these changes interact? How do we...

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