AIF BLOG - October 2015

October 30, 2015
During the largest transformation of the American economy in a century — one defined by rapid globalization and digitization — a recent study estimates that 47 percent of American jobs may be disrupted or lost by technology. But a panel of experts at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival see promise, not hopelessness, for workers in this globally connected world. And they’re figuring out how to adapt the American labor...
October 22, 2015
In the ongoing debate over policing in America, former New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly, whose recently released memoir is titled Vigilance, has been making some headlines. A staunch champion of proactive policing and of police officers in general, Kelly, the city’s longest-serving commissioner at 13 years, sat down with journalist John Dickerson at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss whether...
October 16, 2015
 A recently released major study on women in the workplace shows that the gender gap continues to persist in corporate America, and for some heretofore unexplored reasons. Some of those nuances — and many other gender issues — were explored during a comprehensive discussion titled Women and Work at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival. There’s good news and bad news about where women are in terms of equality, explained...
October 08, 2015
The future of well-being is a radical one, according to a panel at the 2015 Spotlight Health. It’s one in which individuals are empowered with the knowledge on how to attain their own personal well-being, one in which free information and mobile technology democratizes well-being, even one in which people have the tools to shape their genes in order to prevent or cure diseases. Deepak Chopra, a medical doctor and...
October 08, 2015
 Misty Copeland is the first female African American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre in New York. On the day of this historic announcement, Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel — a former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet — explains Copeland's significance in ballet, what makes her stand out, and the future of this art form.
October 01, 2015
Pope Francis’s inaugural US visit was accompanied by wildly cheering crowds, rock star-level adulation, and praise from politicians on all points of the political spectrum. But why is the pontiff — and his messages of humanity and social justice — so popular? An expert panel discussed The Church of Pope Francis at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, sharing their insiders’ perspectives on perhaps the most influential...