AIF Blog - Economy

July 11, 2017
By Krishnadev Calamur, The AtlanticManufacturing’s share of U.S. employment has been on a steady decline since the end of World War II. In May, the figure touched 8.48 percent, the lowest level since the Labor Department first began keeping records in 1940. The decline has been linked to the growth in income inequality, the weakening of the American middle class, and the rise of populist politics. But as the country...
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 28, 2017
Rob Riley is president of the Northern Forest Center. He’ll be discussing the issues facing rural communities at the Aspen Ideas Festival.To some, “rural” is an abstract notion, sometimes conjuring images of farms, forests, or mountains, but less often bringing to mind the people who live in rural places. Even less do we consider the ways that rural life has shaped our nation.In the Northern Forest for instance — 30...
June 28, 2017
Molly Hemstreet is the founder and general manager of Opportunity Threads. She’ll be discussing issues in rural communities at the Aspen Ideas Festival.What led you to start Opportunity Threads?I grew up and still live in Western North Carolina — the heart of the southern textile and furniture industries. I have seen the arc of our communities’ economic life go from booming with manufacturing, to massive lay-offs,...
June 26, 2017
Aimée Eubanks Davis is the founder at CEO of Braven, which works to ensure underrepresented college students develop the skills, mindsets, and networks to get strong first jobs after graduation. She will be speaking at the Viewpoints track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. What are the most important things that you think college students need in order to be prepared for graduation and the workforce?Our country’s...
June 23, 2017
 The Aspen Ideas to Go Podcast TAKEOVER is back for its second year! In the spirit of a diverse exchange of ideas, we’ve handed over the mic to a handful of Festival presenters to take over the show! During the week of the Aspen Ideas Festival—going on now through July 1st—six Takeover Hosts—Julie Rovner, Perri Peltz, Michele Norris, Joshua Johnson, Pete Dominick, and Susan Page...
June 07, 2017
Former Vice President Al Gore stars in the riveting and rousing follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, Truth to Power. It's part of our flim lineup for the Aspen Ideas Festival.Public tickets for flims go on sale June 16.  SPOTLIGHT HEALTH LINEUP James Beard: America's First Foodie (June 23) Today's American food movement can be traced back to one man: cookbook author, journalist, television celebrity, and teacher...
May 04, 2017
 Amy Whitaker is the author of "Art Thinking" and an assistant professor at New York University Steinhardt School. As part of the Inside Creativity program track, she'll give a workshop at the Festival based on the core tenets of art thinking. You teach and write at the intersection of business, creativity, and everyday life. What made you explore similarities between these seemingly disparate facets? In the early...
May 02, 2017
Spoken word poet Elizabeth Acevedo at the 2017 Aspen Institute Summit on Inequality and Opportunity.When poet Elizabeth Acevedo taught creative writing to young women of color in a detention center, she recognized their trauma and avoided the teacher-as-savior mentality. Acevedo spoke at the Aspen Institute’s Summit on Inequality and Opportunity. The Summit brings together policymakers, thought leaders, and...

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