AIF BLOG - June 2016

June 30, 2016
Andy Stern is a senior fellow at Columbia University and former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). He speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 30th on a panel called "Deep Dive: Why 'Inclusive Capitalism' Is Critical to Our Economic Success."We caught up with Stern to learn more about the tech revolution's impact on jobs, and why a universal basic income could be the solution to a...
June 30, 2016
Shawn Lee is a student at Rio Salado College in Arizona, who was motivated to return to school and finish his degree after the birth of his son. (Photo Credit: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)President of the United States Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Allan Golston, leads the foundation’s efforts to ensure that all students receive a high-quality education. He spoke at the Aspen Ideas...
June 30, 2016
(Photo Credit: istockphoto)Nancy Cantor is chancellor of Rutgers University. She speaks at the Festival on June 30th on a panel called “Myth or Reality: If You Want a College Education, You Can Get One.”Read below for her insights about freedom of speech in college campuses.Why is it that when it comes to the social world, not all speech is deemed equally worthy of protecting? That is a question that has been...
June 30, 2016
(Photo Credit: istockphoto)Sean Decatur is president of Kenyon College, a position he has held since July 2013. He spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 30th on a panel called "Myth or Reality: If You Want a College Education, You Can Get One."Below, Decatur describes the benefits of a liberal arts education.News headlines and political debates paint a bleak picture of the state of American colleges and...
June 30, 2016
(Photo Credit: istockphoto)Jason Van Genderen is a director and producer, known for “Mankind Is No Island," “The Unspoken” and “Chocolate.” He spoke at the Festival on June 30th on a event called “Smartphone Storytelling in 60 Minutes.”We caught up with van Genderen to learn more about his passion for smartphone storytelling.What inspired you to take the phone out of your pocket and start using it professionally...
June 30, 2016
Brett Jenks is an Aspen Institute Catto Fellow, Braddock Scholar and John P. McNulty Prize Laureate. He leads Rare and its marine program, Fish Forever, which aims to restore sustainable fisheries for vulnerable coastal communities around the world.  Brett will moderate a panel titled ”When Faced with Economic Ruin, Financial Leaders do Prioritize Climate Change. Here’s How,” on July 1st, at the Aspen Ideas Festival...
June 29, 2016
Jessica Rosenworcel is a member of the US Federal Communications Commission. She will speak at the Festival on June 30th on a panel called “Closing the Digital Divide.” Below, Rosenworcel explains how the digital divide is preventing thousands of children from being able to do their homework and what's being done to address this issue. This month the final bell rings in schools across the country. Exams end, lockers...
June 29, 2016
CALEB HARPER is the principal investigator and director of the OPEN AGRICULTURE (OPENAG) INITIATIVE at MIT Media Lab. He spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 29th on a panel called “The Bits and Bytes of Futuristic Farming.” Below, Harper explains how new technology and data is being used to created controlled climates and “digital recipes” to grow healthy food anywhere in the world.Tell us about what inspired...
June 29, 2016
Enola Aird is founder and president of Community Healing Network, an organization building a global grassroots movement to help black people overcome and overturn the root causes of the devaluing of black lives. She will speak at the Festival on June 29th on a panel called “A Civil Rights Movement for the 21st Century: Black Lives Matter.”Below, Aird explains why it's important to examine the root causes of  racism...
June 29, 2016
David Litt is head writer and producer in the Washington, DC, office of "Funny or Die" and a former White House speechwriter, from 2011 to early 2016. He will speak at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival on June 30th on a panel called “Laugh to Keep From Crying: Comedy Writers on Making Politics Funny.”We caught up with Litt and asked him to share his journey from comedian to White House speechwriter, and connecting humor...

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