AIF BLOG - February 2012

February 28, 2012
Next up in our series, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa champions education as the key issue that will make America stronger.“This is the economic issue of our time, this is the civil rights issue of our time, and this is the democracy issue of our time,” stresses Villaraigosa.The achievement gap and number of children not graduating from high school is devastating to our country. And it’s a problem we all...
February 27, 2012
What's the happiest state in the U.S.? Aloha, Hawaii! For the third year in a row, Hawaii topped Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released today. Western states still top the idex, while Southern states rate poorly in comparrison. The top ten also includes: North Dakota, Minnesota, Utah, Alaska, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, and Montana. TIME's Healthland blog covers the survey in more detail.We...
February 21, 2012
Continuing our series, Jamie Bechtel, founder, president and CEO of New Course, an organization focused on changing the course of women’s lives through conservation and sustainable development.In this 3-munte talk, Betchtel tells the moving story of visiting slave quarters in Tanzania where she learned from a 16 year old that we should use the tools that are available to us. In this case, she is advocating the use...
February 09, 2012
Continuing our series, Matt Flannery tells about his transition from computer programming at TiVo to co-founder of Kiva.org. His experience underlies his belief that we can all apply our knowledge and skillset for social good.Flannery tells how he used computer programming to create a system where someone could get $25 into the hands of a Ugandan woman via the Internet.At Kiva, we’ve experienced this out-pouring of...
February 08, 2012
This week's decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the ban on gay marriage in California -- known as Proposition 8 -- was unconstitutional marks a major milestone in the years-long effort by two unlikely collaborators, Ted Olson and David Boies. Boies and Olson represented Al Gore and George W. Bush respectively in the 2008 legal battle over the presidential election that...
February 07, 2012
Looking for a new way to experience the Aspen Ideas Festival? Check out our channel on iTunes U. We've curated some of the best from the 2011 Festival in our tracks on the Frontiers of Medicine, Growing the U.S. Economy, What is "Happiness"?, Green Tech to Clean Tech, the Learning Landscape and the State of the Union. Users of iTunes can subscribe to a whole track or pick and choose sessions from across the Festival...
February 03, 2012
Kicking off our new blog series, here's Wes Moore telling a story about his experience in military school and a colonel who gave the students advice that Moore thinks about to this day: "When it’s time for you to leave, make sure that it mattered that you were ever here.”In this 3-minute video from the closing ceremony of Aspen Ideas, Moore outlines how each of us can actively make a difference. Here's how Moore...