AIF Blog - Society

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 04, 2018
Atul Gawande, staff writer for The New Yorker, talks about bridging the gap between our aspiration for how we treat one another and the reality of it. He spoke in June at Spotlight Health.In our divisive times, writer, surgeon, and researcher Atul Gawande says it's especially important to remember this medical principle: all lives have equal worth. He told Lucy Kalanithi, professor of medicine, that when he was...
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
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...
October 31, 2018
Farhan Latif, president of the El-Hibri Foundation, speaks with former white supremacist Christian Picciolini at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue is the latest hate crime in an especially atrocious period. The number of hate crimes against religious minority communities has surged in recent years, and it’s likely driven, in part, by the country’s deep polarization....
October 25, 2018
David Brooks, New York Times columnist and Aspen Institute executive director, talks about efforts to bridge the differences that are dividing Americans.The forces of division have been tearing America's social fabric for decades. Our country is now dealing with isolation, alienation, and tribalism. But a new coalition of community builders with a new set of beliefs is rising to turn things around. New York...
October 17, 2018
Mike Kaplan, president and CEO of the Aspen Skiing Company, speaks with organizational psychologist Adam Grant in Aspen, Colorado in September. Adam Grant is exploring “how to make work suck less.” For his podcast WorkLife, he visited unconventional companies to discover how to improve the work experience. Grant, who authored Give and Take and teaches at the Wharton School, thinks we should be leading more creative...
October 15, 2018
Rebecca Blumenstein is the highest-ranked female employee at The New York Times. In our podcast, she explains the biggest challenges facing the media today.Will 2018 be another 'year of the woman?' The phrase first emerged in 1992 when women increased their representation in Congress following the Anita Hill - Clarence Thomas hearings. This year, more women are running for office, speaking up about sexual...
October 02, 2018
Rebecca Blumenstein, Mona Charen, Shannon Van Sant, Adrienne Green, Katie Couric, and Susan Page discuss women in the media and #MeToo at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 28. News reporters have covered the #MeToo movement since it gained ground one year ago. But journalists haven’t just written about the movement, some have experienced sexual harassment and violence themselves. In this episode, a group...

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