AIF BLOG - June 2014

June 30, 2014
“Inevitably you’re going to have to bring dads into this discussion if you’re going to talk about women in the workplace and equality.” — Kay Hymowitz“It’s about shared faith and a shared future; it’s about human capital. If we don’t invest in human capital, we’re sunk. Demographics are changing enormously; family structures are changing. What we’re trying to knot together is different ways of working.” — Anne Mosle...
June 29, 2014
What will America’s cities look like in 2024? Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Bloomberg Associates Principal Janette Sadik-Khan, Brookings Institute Vice President Bruce Katz, Speck and Associates Principal Jeff Speck joined Atlantic CityLab Editor Sommer Mathis at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss the changing face of America’s cities.As leadership in Washington remains gridlocked...
June 29, 2014
“Violence seems to be not just incidental to what goes on in America but seems to be part and parcel of the fabric of who we are.” — Anand Giridharadas“Half of all kids in public education are below the poverty line. Two-thirds of the achievement gap comes from factors outside of school. Teachers influence about seven to ten percent of what happens in kids’ lives. When you think about those statistics, you have to...
June 29, 2014
Tonight's featured film at the Aspen Ideas Festival is popping up all over the news this week. Read more about it on TIME, The Los Angeles Times, and Forbes. Catch the film tonight at 8 PM in Paepcke Auditorium. (Tickets available at teh door.)The Internet's Own Boy tells the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic Internet protocol RSS...
June 29, 2014
Colorado marijuana TCH content is said to be twice as strong as the national average. Addictive markets, such as alcohol and tobacco, rely on approximately 20% of consumers, their most habitual and abusive users, for 80% of their profit margin. Is Marijuana the Next Big Tobacco? On June 27, the eponymous event, part of the Aspen Ideas Festival’s Spotlight: Health, featured Ben Cort of the Center for Dependency,...
June 28, 2014
 “By virtue of remote presence devices, I was able to travel all over the world while lying in my bed.” — Henry Evans  (quadriplegic)  “Most creativity in this world comes from collaboration.” — Walter Isaacson  “The creative impulse is in human beings like blood, which has different types, but is in every one us of us.”  — Alfre Woodard  “Having people work three months just to pay taxes is the modern day...
June 28, 2014
The machine age has given us a glorious gift.  We now have data about nearly everything in the world.  Businesses get masses of sales, logistics and performance data on a regular basis.  Individuals get data collected by their cars, thermostats and even health monitors like FitBit hooked to their bodies.  And, from the world of social, we have an unending flow of posts, tweets, videos and blogs that theoretically...
June 28, 2014
How will we all get around in the future?  The car you drive in 10 years may look a lot like the car in your driveway today – on the outside, at least. Inside, vehicles will be more advanced than anything most of us can imagine now. Society is on the cusp of a transformation in how we think of mobility.  Vehicles of the future will make our lives safer, greener and more convenient.  These cars will help the driver...
June 27, 2014
What makes a life worth living? For many of us, it’s our relationships with our families and loved ones, the ability to follow our passions, excel at work, and improve opportunities for ourselves and future generations.While tremendous efforts are underway to prevent deaths worldwide, guaranteeing survival is not enough. We must also strive to ensure that every human lives a life of quality.Nearly half the world’s...
June 26, 2014
At the opening session of Spotlight: Health — the health-focused event series kickoff to the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival — all in attendance were asked to consider: What is the one thing that we need to do by 2024 to improve the health of the world? Eleven speakers rose to the occasion, taking the stage to share their ground-breaking suggestions with the audience. Our last blog post featured the first five "big ideas...

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