AIF Blog - Society

August 18, 2017
Author David Brooks speaks with Reverend Adam Hamilton at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.What role does faith play in bringing people together? Reverend Adam Hamilton pastors the largest United Methodist church in America. Within his Kansas congregation, he observes deep divisions that reflect the larger disunity in our nation. These divisions, he thinks, are tearing at our social fabric. His plan: to get people...
August 15, 2017
New York Times op-ed contributor Wajahat Ali speaks on a panel about hate at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Hate groups are growing and the number of hate-fueled incidents is spiking in America. The latest incident was in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists violently clashed with anti-fascist groups and other protesters. In the first month after Donald Trump won the presidency, the Southern Poverty Law...
August 09, 2017
As Aspen Ideas Festival attendees, you engaged in deep and inquisitive discussions on meaningful topics. Back in June, you connected with leaders from around the globe. You laughed. You cried. Maybe you even enjoyed a hotdog under the azure Aspen sky. Now what? How can you continue the energy of Aspen Ideas outside of Aspen? What is something tangible you can do to influence positive change in your own community? We...
August 01, 2017
Simon Sinek and Adam Grant speak on stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Millennials shoulder a lot of stereotypes. They’re called entitled and in need of instant gratification. They’re not committed to their work and expect a work-life balance at their very first job. Do these labels actually define them? Are they really any different than the generations before them? In this lighthearted and informative...
June 09, 2017
 Heidi Beirich leads the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, which publishes the award-winning Intelligence Report and the Hatewatch blog. She is an expert on various forms of extremism, including the white supremacist, nativist, and neo-Confederate movements as well as racism in academia. She will speak in The America I Know track at the Aspen Ideas Festival.  You oversee the Southern Poverty Law...
June 08, 2017
 New Voices Fellow Adebisi Alimi visits with Caitlyn Jenner after a Spotlight Health session in 2016. New Voices Fellow Adebisi Alimi attended the Aspen Ideas Festival in both 2014 and 2016. He's the executive director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation, which advocates for sexual and gender minorities in Nigeria. Alimi spoke alongside Mona Eltahawy, Paula Johnson, and Buzz Bissinger for the 2016 Spotlight Health session...
June 06, 2017
Jane McGonigal, author of Super Better, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2016.Thinking about the far-off future isn’t just an exercise in intellectual curiosity. It’s a practical skill that, as new research reveals, has a direct neurological link to greater creativity, empathy, and optimism. In this session from master game designer and acclaimed futurist Jane McGonigal, you’ll learn three...
June 02, 2017
 With the Millennial Pass, attend discussions, film screenings, and hear from today's global innovators and inspiring leaders. We're making available a limited number of Millennial Passes to members of the public, ages 18 to 35. The offering, new this year, is meant to provide young adults access to the Aspen Ideas Festival public events at a price unlike any offer we've ever provided. The Pass is just $99. We are...
May 09, 2017
Michele Norris, Amy Hinojosa, Adam Foss, and Khizr Khan speak at the Aspen Institute Symposium on the State of Race in America. It was held in April. While the subject of race and racism will likely continue to be a contentious topic for years to come, it is a discussion that is imperative for civil society. How does the dialogue on race continue? Will protests in the streets and boycotts become the new mode of...
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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