AIF BLOG - June 2017

June 30, 2017
David K. Gibson is here to guide readers through the experience of attending the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health. Every year toward the end of the festival, I search for a grand theme. It’s usually a word or phrase that has been voiced in seemingly unrelated sessions: a buzzword, an existential modifier, a validation. In my head, I imagine a video supercut of the kind that sometimes shows up on social...
June 30, 2017
Jonathan Greenblatt is the CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League. He is speaking about the rise in hate online and in our communities at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. Fifty years ago, extremists were hiding behind hoods and burning crosses. Today, they’re hiding behind avatars and burning up Twitter.At the Anti-Defamation League, we’ve fought anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry for more than...
June 29, 2017
David K. Gibson is here to guide readers through the experience of attending the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health. Here are a few things I have learned over the past few days:Arati Prabhakar is a technologist you should be listening to whenever you have the chance.Any session with David Rothkopf is going to be insightful and hopeful.Any lunch session at the Hotel Jerome is going to have some incredible...
June 29, 2017
Brett Perlman is a fellow at the Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where his work focuses on the intersection of climate change, energy policy, and technology innovation. He agreed to answer a few questions before he speaks at the Feeling The Heat track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. In 1999, you were appointed the Commissioner of the Public Utility Commission of Texas by...
June 29, 2017
Tina Seelig is a professor of the Practice in Stanford University’s Department of Management Science and Engineering and a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. She will speak at the Inside Creativity track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Our education system is responsible for preparing young people to build successful lives. They should be ready for the wide range of possibilities ahead of...
June 29, 2017
Joanna Bryson is a reader (associate professor) at the University of Bath and an affiliate of Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. A transdisciplinary researcher on the structure and dynamics of human- and animal-like intelligence, her research covers topics ranging from artificial intelligence, through autonomy and robot ethics, and on to human cooperation. She will be speaking at The...
June 29, 2017
Ronald Klain was White House Ebola Response Coordinator from 2014 to 2015, and currently serves as an External Advisor to the Skoll Global Threats Fund. This post has been updated and adopted from the author’s piece, Confronting the Pandemic Threat, published in Democracy Journal (No. 40, Spring 2016). He will be speaking about global conflicts at the Aspen Ideas Festival.MERS in 2012. Ebola in 2014. Zika in 2015....
June 28, 2017
By Julie Beck, The Atlantic“We’re not pulling the rug out from under anybody,” said Tom Price, the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The goal of the House’s and the Senate’s health plans, and the Trump administration’s goal, he said, is “ensuring that there are more individuals who are insured under the new plan than under the old plan”—the old plan being...
June 28, 2017
Charles Sykes, an MSNBC contributor and former conservative talk show radio host, is speaking at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. This piece was originally published in America Magazine.If you occasionally feel like you are binge-watching history, you are not alone. These are remarkable times for both our politics and our culture, and the stakes seem to be rising all the time. It is not merely that social norms are...
June 28, 2017
Jeff Raikes is co-founder of the Raikes Foundation. He's speaking about the inequities that result from a “color-blind” attitude toward race at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival.From the time I was a kid growing up on a farm in Nebraska, I was taught not to notice or comment on racial difference – to be “color-blind.” Not calling attention to differences was the way white people like me showed that we believed in...

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