AIF BLOG - January 2017

January 31, 2017
Author Andy Stern speaks with Elliot Gerson, an executive vice president at The Aspen Institute, at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Author and former labor union leader Andy Stern thinks universal basic income is the key to solving problems plaguing America’s economy. He wrote about it in his book *Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream*. As technology...
January 24, 2017
How are diet and lifestyle linked to bacterial communities in the gut? How can growing knowledge about gut health be used to develop new therapies? Researchers are learning how the gut microbiome responds to the food we eat, influencing obesity, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, and even mental health. Trillions of bacteria inhabit the human gut, working in close and complex symbiosis with our cells....
January 17, 2017
Those who study human behavior have learned that simply by encouraging—or “nudging”—individuals toward the right decisions for themselves, dramatic improvements can be made. Cultural commentator David Brooks and Cass Sunstein, legal scholar and the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School, discuss the power of “nudge” and...
January 11, 2017
David Rothkopf, CEO and editor of the FP Group, speaks with Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg at the Aspen Ideas Festival. As President Barack Obama prepares to step down, we look back on his accomplishments and shortcomings. The talks below examine how Obama tackled race as the nation’s first African American president, his work to deal with the recession, create the Affordable Care Act,...
January 10, 2017
In these final days of Barack Obama’s presidency, we consider how the future will view his leadership. Will economic recovery and health care victories at home be overshadowed by what many see as his failure to intervene meaningfully in conflicts abroad? Critics on the left wish the president had gone further on several key issues, while critics on the right have little good to say about Obama’s...
January 06, 2017
 Announcing the first ever Aspen Ideas photo contest! The America I Know track at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival looks at our deeply divided country and how we can build bridges. As part of the track, we’re partnering with IPPAWARDS, or the iPhone Photography Awards, to explore as many “Americas” as we can through the modern camera lens. We want to see your perception of this vast and varied land. Show us the faces,...
January 03, 2017
What actually happens to the brain when we meditate? Published studies have documented the many physical and mental health benefits of meditation, including decreased pain, better immune function, less anxiety and depression, a heightened sense of well-being, and greater happiness and emotional self-control. Imaging studies show, with meditation there’s increased activity in brain regions associated with...