AIF Blog - Economy

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...
December 13, 2016
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis was the greatest critic of big business and big government since Thomas Jefferson. He served in the early 20th century and was the Court’s first Jewish justice. In this lively conversation, Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center talks with Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, about Brandeis’s relevance in today’s political climate, and...
November 01, 2016
When Amazon launched, it employed just ten people. Now it’s one of the largest retailers in the world. CEO Jeff Bezos describes what companies need in today’s fast-paced, high tech business environment. He explains how Alexa is different from Siri and why he decided to invest in the Washington Post and an aerospace company. AOL Cofounder Steve Case, Columbia Business School Dean Glenn Hubbard, and Aspen...
October 18, 2016
Jeff Immelt at the Washington Ideas Forum in late September 2016.The economy is a key issue for American voters. In July, more than 80 percent of registered voters polled by the Pew Research Center said the economy was the number one issue, right after terrorism. This episode examines the country's workforce and what's influencing job creation and job loss. Featured speakers include General Electric CEO Jeff...
September 20, 2016
The average American spends a third of his or her life working. What is the secret to achieving happiness because of our work and not in spite of it? How can we make a job into a vocation? David Brooks and Arthur Brooks have both studied and written about these questions. They say, no matter what the job is, the answer is to find meaning. In this episode, the thought leaders discuss the elements of meaningful work,...
September 08, 2016
It sounds counterintuitive, but according to Martin Eakes, co-founder and CEO of the Self-Help Credit Union, poor people are a better credit risk than rich people. Eakes spoke on a panel about “inclusive capitalism” at the Aspen Ideas Festival. A study from the Urban Institute shows women are better than men at paying their mortgages. And single women borrowers are more likely to own homes in low-income...
August 26, 2016
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, admits technology is replacing jobs that humans used to do, but ultimately he sees tech as a partner rather than a job-killer. ”I do want technology that is fundamentally going to bring out the best in us,” he says, “and give us the avenues to be more creative, and provide us with the impact that we all seek to have in the world.”Still, a recent product from Microsoft takes a...
August 18, 2016
David Brooks and Arthur Brooks, both contributors to the New York Times, spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival about how to find meaning at work.New York Times columnist and PBS commentator David Brooks says there are two ways to look at your job, “When people make mistakes, it tends to be because people look at their work as a career rather than a marriage.”He adds there are two different frames of mind: a utilitarian...
August 09, 2016
The world doesn’t lack for creative ideas—it lacks people to champion them. Once you have an idea, how do you communicate it? In this episode, Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor and a New York Times bestselling author of Originals, shares insights on how to speak up without getting silenced, and how to find allies in unexpected places. The “Aspen Ideas to Go” podcast is...
July 20, 2016
María Teresa Kumar, a 2016 Aspen Ideas Scholar, spoke on the Ideas Festival panel From Conversation to Action: Moving the Needle on Equity and Opportunity.A strong middle class is, for many people, central to the American idea. There are other core values too, of course—freedom, political representation, individualism, etc.—but an economy in which families can feel economic security, live comfortably, and build up...

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