AIF Blog - Environment

December 12, 2018
Tami Simon speaks with Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario and Eileen Fisher, founder of Eileen Fisher Inc.The clothing industry is a top polluter, but some companies are working to be kinder to the environment. The CEOs of Patagonia and Eileen Fisher talk about their shared value of social consciousness. Rose Marcario and Eileen Fisher delve into why a holistic approach, one that goes beyond a single company and its bottom...
December 07, 2018
 Writer Kea Krause talks about scientists searching cold waters in the Arctic for wonder drugs. What is it that nature provides that we can’t live without? — Medicine, a sense of place, even happiness? Nature can be a destroyer, replenisher, and provide a sense of calm. Why is it that we take nature for granted and how can we learn from our mistakes? “Nature was the first place...
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...
August 24, 2018
Jeff Goodell speaks with Christiana Figueres about optimism around climate change: a seemingly impossible challenge. They spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres led the global adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, and continues to fight for the climate today in her work with Mission 2020. Working to reduce greenhouse gases globally can be frustrating, she admits, but...
August 02, 2018
Eileen Fisher, founder of Eileen Fisher, Inc., speaks on a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.By Judith Samuelson, vice president, founder, and executive director of the Aspen Institute's Business and Society ProgramAs a reprieve from the antics and egos of certain executives, turbulence in capital markets, mergers imagined and challenged, it’s refreshing to hang out around a business woman with...
June 26, 2018
Janine Benyus is a natural sciences writer, speaker, and the co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8, a bio-inspired consultancy. She will speak in the Aspen Ideas Festival program track, Design for the New Normal. Below, she speaks with us about the exciting innovations in Biomimicry, a field she helped popularize. How do you explain biomimicry to people who have never heard of it before?Biomimicry is an innovation method...
June 14, 2018
 Anote Tong, former president of the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati, prepares to speak in Paris on the future of his nation and rising sea levels. He appears in filmmaker Matthieu Rytz's new film Anote's Ark, which will be shown at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The films screened at Aspen Ideas and Spotlight Health are open to the public. Public tickets for films go on sale 9am (MST) June 15. ...
May 17, 2018
 Kitty Boone is the director of the Aspen Ideas Festival, which starts with Spotlight Health on June 21. What We’ve Been Up ToIt's our 14th year of programming the Festival, and we're excited to bring remarkable experts and deep thinkers to our stage once again. The speakers and conversations change every year, but our goal stays the same — to continue to highlight what's important now and what will have far-...
March 08, 2018
Presenters left to right, top row: Vanessa Mason, Ted Koppel, Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, Atul Gawande, Karen DeSalvo, Mark Smolinski Presenters left to right, bottom row: Larry Smarr, Kwanele Asante, Gary Reedy, Jerome Adams, Tollulah Oni, Larry MerloIt’s a busy time behind the scenes of Spotlight Health. Each day, we hear from the world’s most inspiring and knowledgeable leaders in health, medicine, and science,...
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...

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