AIF Blog - Economy

December 21, 2017
 Jeffrey Sachs, a world-renowned professor of economics, is featured in one of our most popular podcast episodes. He spoke at Spotlight Health in 2017. Podcast listeners in 2017 heard about technology, politics, loneliness, and creativity in our Aspen Ideas to Go podcast. The weekly show features onstage discussions from Aspen Institute events, including the Aspen Ideas Festival. Sit back, and enjoy our...
November 28, 2017
Mark Hoffman and Kevin O'Leary speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival. How do you successfully build a business? And is entreprenuership something that can be developed, or are you born with it? Kevin O'Leary is an incredibly successful entrepreneur and investor. He stars in ABC's Shark Tank and runs his own financial services company. Known as "Mr. Wonderful" on TV, O'Leary draws from his...
October 19, 2017
 Walter Isaacson speaks with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at the Aspen Ideas Festival. How far have we come since Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963? What do the events in Charlottesville, Virginia tell us about race relations in America today?  Henry Louis Gates, Jr., director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, sat down with Aspen...
September 26, 2017
 Tim O'Reilly speaks with Charles Duhigg at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. An increasing number of jobs are being performed by intelligent machines rather than humans, so what does that mean for our economic future? More than one-third of US jobs could be automated by the early 2030s, according to the Los Angeles Times. Rather than fear this changing landscape, Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of...
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...

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