AIF BLOG - June 2015

June 30, 2015
Shiza Shahid co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and led the organization as founding CEO. She will be speaking on July 1 at 9 PM, "Advice from Women Who Lead."Who inspired you growing up?I grew up in Pakistan, highly passionate about social justice from an early age. I looked up to those who were in the frontlines of that work in my community - civil society leaders, feminists,...
June 30, 2015
Sam Kean is a journalist and New York Times best-selling author. We caught up with Kean, an upcoming presenter at the Aspen Ideas Festival, to learn more about the findings in his new book on the brain, “The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons.”He'll be speaking at the Festival about his latest book on July 1st and joining a panel entitled “Gray Matter: This is Your Brain after 50” on July 2nd. Aspen Idea: You tackled...
June 29, 2015
Eric Dawson is co-founder and president of Peace First, an organization with a track record of reducing violence and promoting youth social-emotional learning by building the long-term capacity of schools to teach basic skills of peacemaking. We caught up with Dawson, a presenter at the Aspen Ideas Festival, to learn more about his goal to teach youth to be problem-solvers.He spoke at the Festival on June 28th on a...
June 29, 2015
 Daniel Lubetzky is the founder and CEO of KIND Healthy Snacks. He will be speaking at noon on June 29: Making Money, Making a Difference: Can the Twin Goals of Capitalism and Doing Good Work? Who inspired you growing up? My dad is one of my greatest inspirations. He was born in Eastern Europe and was nine years old when World War II started. His family was sent to the Kovno Ghetto, and three years later, he was...
June 28, 2015
Today marks the closing day of Spotlight Health at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival. Below, actress, humanitarian, and Population Services International (PSI) Global Ambassador Ashley Judd explains how the negative effects of gender-based violence spread far beyond female survivors. It was pouring rain as my feet sank in the soppy clay on a dark road. A narrow and cracked sidewalk was lined with makeshift blue tents...
June 28, 2015
Chris Davenport is a two-time world champion and big Mountain skier. We caught up with him to ask a few questions about life, inspiration, and who he is excited to see at the Festival. Davenport will be speaking at the following sessions:Passion to Flow: Innovation in the Mountains and in Life, 8 AM, June 29, Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room and "Marketplace" Live at the Belly Up!, 2:45 PM, June 29, Belly Up!Who...
June 27, 2015
  Above, watch the full conversation on the Affordable Care Act.One day after the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, an Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight Health panel of former politicians and administration officials agreed that a lot more work lies ahead — in terms of further implementation, improving health care quality, and especially the politics.The good news, said former US Health and...
June 27, 2015
Ira Flatow is host and executive producer of Public Radio International's "Science Friday." He spoke at the Festival on June 27th on a panel called "Deep Dive: Space — Why We Explore." We caught up with Flatow to learn more about why science is becoming more culturally relevant.Picture three women — Penny, Bernadette, and Amy — sitting in a living room, chatting over tea and cookies."I was asked to be part of a...
June 26, 2015
Aspen Ideas: Offstage features fascinating people sharing perspectives on the most pressing global issues of the day.Ruth Katz is director of the Aspen Institute Health, Medicine, and Society Program. As a congressional legal advisor she was instrumental in developing the Affordable Care Act. Reacting to the US Supreme Court’s latest ruling on the health care law, Katz offers an inside view of the ruling’s impact on...
June 19, 2015
 Alexa Clay is founder of Wisdom Hackers, an incubator for philosophical inquiry, and co-founder of the League of Intrapreneurs, a movement to create change from within incumbent systems and organizations. We caught up with Clay, an upcoming presenter at Aspen Ideas, to ask her a few questions about inspiration, her favorite read, and the smartest idea she's heard lately.  She'll be speaking at the Festival about...

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