AIF BLOG - July 2012

July 26, 2012
Experts gathered at Aspen Ideas to debate whether or not the natural gas boom is doing more harm than good with its practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.In favor of fracking, Joe Nocera says natural gas is a tremendous gift that we should take advantage of.Joe Nocera of NY Times: Fracking Is a Tremendous Gift from on FORA.tvDeborah Goldberg contends that we are operating without the science to back it up...
July 17, 2012
Just weeks after her appearance at Aspen Ideas, Google executive Marissa Mayer left the search giant to take the helm at Yahoo. As AIF speaker Andrew Ross Sorkin reported yesterday in The New York Times, Mayer’s new post is considered a coup for Yahoo, a company that has struggled to keep pace with competitors in Silicon Valley.While at Aspen Ideas, Mayer reflected on the dearth of women in the computer technology...
July 12, 2012
Guest Blogger: Lawrence J. Cohen, psychologist and author of Playful Parenting reflects on what he gained from his peers at Aspen Ideas.I joined the panel on the goal of parenting thinking it might be a knock-down drag-out fight between advocates of play and connection (like me) and advocates of hard-core achievement and academic preparation (like Amy Chua, the Tiger Mother). I think we were all pleasantly surprised...
July 03, 2012
"We don’t want to as a federal government tell cities how to solve problems, but we should be a resource and not stand in their way." —Lisa Jackson"What’s really fascinating is how much quality improvement there is to be had in this health care system." —David Leonhardt"The reason we didn’t get stronger cost controls (in the Affordable Care Act) is it was only Democrats who voted on it, and Republicans walked away...
July 02, 2012
Rock star physicist Brian Greene’s excitement was palpable at the Aspen Ideas signature event, Afternoon of Conversation.What was he so fired up about? On Wednesday, July 4, the world will find out if scientists at CERN, the particle-collider in Geneva, have confirmed the existence of the elusive Higgs Particle, also nicknamed the “God Particle.”[Update July 4: the Higgs Particle is no longer a theory!]In this video...
July 02, 2012
The Afternoon of Conversation is Aspen Ideas' signature event, and ths year's was no exception. More than 2,000 people gathered in the Benedict Music Tent to hear a variety of speakers.Here are some highlights from the afternoon.Wu Tong surprised guests with an unannounced Random Act of Culture by planing the sheng, an ancient Chinese wind instrument.."There is no issue of patriotism or morality or economic prudence...
July 02, 2012
"Overparenting is gross!" —Katie Couric"You give me better parents, better neighbors, better leaders, and better students, and I’ll make every teacher better and every great teacher outstanding." —Tom Friedman"It sounds harsh but it’s empowering, this idea that hard work can fix just about anything." —Amy Chua"There’s very little support for innovation. Innovation is not done by committee." —Ann Higdon"Everyone has...
July 01, 2012
A Google search this morning for recent news about Anne-Marie Slaughter turned up over 300 mentions. Clearly, her Atlantic cover story about women's work-life balance dilemma has rekindled the longstanding debate that is resonating with women and men alike.Just prior to this session, Shelly Lazarus and Gillian Tett were on stage discussing advertising and new media along with Lazrus's long and successful career in...
July 01, 2012
Guest Blogger: Martin GaynorMartin Gaynor is the E.J. Barone Professor of Economics and Health Policy at the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University and chair of the governing board of the Health Care Cost Institute, an independent nonprofit dedicated to advancing knowledge about the determinants of US health care costs.Last week's landmark Supreme Court decision was extremely important for the future of the...