AIF BLOG - February 2011

February 16, 2011
“The search for happiness is as old as history itself, one might venture, and in a certain sense that claim would be true.” (Happiness: A History by Darrin M. McMahon). Author and 2011 Festival presenter McMahon argues that our modern concept of “happiness” is the result of a dramatic shift in expectations since the 18th century.Through deep inquiry into economics, psychology, geography, neuroscience, and more, we...
February 12, 2011
Food in America is cheaper and more plentiful than ever, but we are not healthier for it. The issues around food and nutrition today are rife with questions and contradictions. In fact, the government recently issued a new set of nutrition guidelines that some, including Festival presenter and food advocate Mark Bittman, argue are still convoluted and serve industry more than individual health. (See his recent blog...
February 11, 2011
Last summer, John Fetterman brought down the house at the Ideas Festival. The mayor of the small Pennsylvania town of Braddock told his inspiring story about how the arts would affect social change in his poverty-stricken town. Read about his audacious story of urban renewal here in the The New York Times."Thrust into the national spotlight, Fetterman has become something of a folk hero, a Paul Bunyan of hipster...
February 05, 2011
We’ll take a closer look at Our Digital Universe: Social Media, Mobile Media in an upcoming post, but we can’t resist acknowledging social media’s impact on the Egyptian Revolution. Click here to see a series of photos that show the major role Facebook, Twitter and mobile devices played during the protests. Twitter founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams talked at length about Twitter’s effect on the mass protests in...