AIF BLOG - June 2011

June 30, 2011
GenConnect catches up with Obama's Senior Campaign Strategist David Axelrod at Aspen Ideas to discuss the 2012 presidential campaign. To see more video interviews, go to genConnect's Aspen Ideas page.
June 29, 2011
New York Times columnist David Brooks gives an entertaining and insightful talk on how our culture has changed over the last half century in terms of how we regard oursleves. He asserts that America has moved from a culture of self-effacement to a culture of self-expression.In this short clip, hear how Brooks believes this shift has impacted our relationship to debt and our attitude toward risk.Watch the clip:  ...
June 29, 2011
GenConnect catches up with NPR's Michel Martin at Aspen Ideas to discuss radio versus TV, among other things. To see more video interviews, go to genConnect's Aspen Ideas page.
June 28, 2011
  In their second appearance at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Twitter founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams announce their new company, The Obvious Corporation. (Watch video.) It will be Twitter-like and help people collaborate.On why it's called The Obvious Corporation: "Because all great ideas are obvious in retrospect," says Williams.Stone says in his blog: "Our plan is to develop new projects and work on solving big...
June 28, 2011
Domestic Policy Advisor Melody Barnes and Atlantic Media's Political Director Ronald Brownstein discuss Immigration and its impacts on society. From sweeping reform to the Dream Act, this short clip includes Barnes's assessment of E-Verify and her opinion of where legislation is headed for the 2012 election. Below is a sampling of quotes from Barnes. Watch the full session for more.“The demographics of our country...
June 21, 2011
Guest blogger and former Marine Rye Barcott on patrol in Fallujah.The content of our provocatively titled Aspen Ideas Festival panel will focus on core findings from the former Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School Professor Joseph S. Nye, Jr.’s new book The Future of Power, and my first book It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace. It will be moderated by Reuters News Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler...
June 17, 2011
This year at Aspen Ideas, we’re introducing a new format called “Game Changers.” It features inventors and innovators who are driving change in a variety of fields and will introduce audiences to new approaches in these thoughtful, 15-minute presentations that are not to be missed.Meet Game Changer Lauren Walters, co-founder and CEO of Two Degrees. He’s also a past Festival attendee and was inspired to start Two...
June 06, 2011
Friday’s unemployment numbers mark another blow to the US economy. According to the Labor Department, the number of non-farm jobs added dropped for the first time in eight months; and the unemployment rate has tipped up to 9.1 percent. Add this to the fact that manufacturing is sluggish and consumers have pulled back on spending, and it looks like the gains the economy made over the last several months were short...
June 28, 2011
Aspen Ideas Festival speakers will be visiting with genConnect throughout the week to check in and preview some of the conversations on the agenda. GenConnect caught up with Festival speaker and TIME columnist Joe Klein, who previews his talks on Tuesday.To see more video interviews, go to genConnect's Aspen Ideas page.
June 17, 2011
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the Aspen Ideas Festival, whether on campus or in the comfort of your home! For starters, during the week of the festival, we’ll live-stream a number of our sessions here. Also watch our Aspen Ideas Blog for daily highlights and video clips from the Festival!VISIT:Capture the wisdom of our speakers or share those that mattered most to you by going here:The Aspen Institute has...