AIF BLOG - November 2018

November 29, 2018
 Apply to be a Bezos Scholar and become a leader for positive change. The Bezos Scholars Program, which sends its scholars to the Aspen Ideas Festival, is accepting applications for the 2019 cohort. The program is a year-long leadership development program for high school juniors. Seventeen student and educator pairs are selected from across the US and the African Leadership Academy to create a lasting impact in...
November 28, 2018
Rachel Botsman, an expert on technology and trust, talks about how our trust is changing in the digital age.Technology is changing who and how we trust. While our faith in institutions such as governments, media, and charities has hit an all-time low, many of us will rent a complete stranger’s home, exchange digital currencies, and trust bots. When we trust Airbnb more than our elected leaders, what does that mean...
November 20, 2018
Angela Duckworth, founder and CEO of Character Lab, talks about the importance of modeling character for children. She spoke with Jackie Bezos at Aspen Ideas.Why is it so hard to watch our children fail? Why might a highly structured life for a child be a bad thing? And how important is our behavior, as adults, in the development of a child? In this episode, psychologist Angela Duckworth explains how to raise a...
November 14, 2018
Jeff Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center, speaks with David Rubenstein, co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, about America's Founders.Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson. What were America’s Founders like as individuals? And what would they think of American democracy today? In this lighthearted conversation, National Constitution Center President Jeff Rosen...
November 07, 2018
 Christiana Figueres is the former Executive Secretary of the Framework Convention on Climate Change at the United Nations, overseeing the delivery of the Paris Climate Agreement. She is also the convenor for Mission 2020. Figueres spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival.  When Jeff Goodell and Christiana Figueres sat down to discuss climate change at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June, Goodell told the audience about a...
November 07, 2018
Author Michael Pollan's latest book, "How to Change Your Mind," explores psychedelic therapy. He talked with writer Corby Kummer about it in Aspen, Colorado.Psychedelic therapy is being used in trials to treat depression, anxiety, obsession, and trauma. Michael Pollan began writing about it after he spoke with terminal cancer patients who used drugs to overcome a fear of dying. They were taking...