AIF BLOG - January 2015

January 30, 2015
During a conversation with IDEO founder Fred Dust at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, IDEO partner and Creative Confidence author Tom Kelley suggested that all humans have a natural ability to come up with creative ideas. Although some people might have unwittingly suppressed this skill, everyone can unleash it by finding the creative confidence to voice ideas. To illustrate mankind’s innate creativity, Kelley points...
January 22, 2015
The centerpiece of President Obama’s recent State of the Union address was about middle-class economics: how he proposed to strengthen America’s middle class through tax advantages that would help pay for things like child care, health care, and college — and by closing loopholes for the wealthy and large corporations.In his 2014 Aspen Lecture on The Politics and Economics of Inequality, public...
January 07, 2015
Recently named to several lists for the best books of 2014, Anand Giridharadas’s The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas tells the dual stories of a Bangladeshi immigrant to Texas and the white supremacist man who shot him. Far from a simple story about racist violence, Giridharasas paints an empathetic picture of the shooter, Mark Stroman, who throughout his life was let down by his family and societal systems...