AIF BLOG - August 2015

August 31, 2015
 The recent turmoil in the financial markets has prompted much discussion about the increasing interconnectedness of global markets and its effect on the United States economy. But when a panel of experts at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival sat down to discuss how to sustain American economic growth, the focus was almost completely on domestic problems and solutions. And all agreed that big innovative ideas from the...
August 21, 2015
Let’s talk about the ideas people talk about “at the kitchen table,” suggested Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during a discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival about how to make improvements in public education.During his tenure as mayor, Emanuel has made reforming the public education system in Chicago a top priority. One area of unprecedented improvement is seen in high school attendance, with...
August 21, 2015
The US may be the top economic world power, but when it comes to education many countries rank much higher on the list. How can we raise and educate our children to be the smartest in the world? Journalist Amanda Ripley, author of "The Smartest Kids in the World — And How They Got That Way," explains how high-performing students abroad are taught and supported in and out of the classroom. 
August 19, 2015
“About 50 percent of antibiotics that are consumed are consumed inappropriately,” said Ramanan Laxminarayan during a discussion at the Spotlight Health session of the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival on the current problems surrounding antibiotic use. The panel, which also featured former US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director and...
August 06, 2015
 Aspen Ideas Offstage features fascinating people sharing perspectives on the most pressing global issues of the day.When it comes to addressing climate change, women play a significant role in sustaining the environment for future generations. Rachel Kyte is vice president and special envoy for climate change for the World Bank Group. Here Kyte defines climate resilience and explains how improving women's...