AIF Blog - Society

June 20, 2018
What makes two people click? What does it really mean to say, “we have chemistry”? The Atlantic's Olga Khazan talks to biological anthropologist Helen Fisher about the four styles of thought and behavior that Fisher has identified through brain scans that help explain the biological underpinnings of romantic love, love addiction, adultery, and divorce. Based on data collected from 35,000 single...
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. ...
June 14, 2018
Dambisa Moyo is a global economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and international affairs. She will speak as part of the Globalization Revisited track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below she discusses challenges to liberal democracies in the era of Trump and Brexit. Across the world, democracy is under siege.Political discourse tends to focus on the shortcomings of blatantly non-democratic countries such...
June 05, 2018
 The 2018 Aspen Youth Forum will take place on Wednesday, June 27 from 4 - 8:30 pm at the Doerr-Hosier Center on the Aspen Meadows campus. It's open to young people ages 14 to 24. Register today! A Day to RememberLast June, the excitement was palpable at the Young Adult Forum (YAF) at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Young people leapt out of their seats and rushed onto a stage, joining environmental activist and hip-hop...
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-...
May 16, 2018
Katie Couric speaks with Madeline Levine and Lori Gottlieb. The discussion about over-parenting was held at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival.As parents, if we step in to combat every discomfort our child faces, give up our own lives to become deeply ingrained in theirs, and take on the role of friend, are we over-parenting? Some psychologists say yes, but there's a spectrum. In this episode, psychologists Polly...
May 11, 2018
 A local woman in a slum of Kampala (iStock). Agnes Igoye is Uganda’s deputy national coordinator for the prevention of trafficking in persons and heads Uganda’s Immigration Training Academy. She will speak as part of the Healthy Communities track at Spotlight Health. She's a member of the 2018 Aspen New Voices Fellowship class.  What led you to work on eradicating human trafficking?Do you have time?! There are...
May 08, 2018
Joanne Lipman and Ruth Marcus speak at the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series at the Aspen Institute.Parity between men and women in the workplace is uneven in America. Ninety-five percent of Fortune 500 chief executives are men, and just seventeen percent of women hold seats on corporate boards. For companies with more women in leadership positions, the financial picture is better, creativity is boosted, and...
April 18, 2018
Stanford political science professor Rob Reich talks about philanthropy and democracy at Aspen Ideas 2017.Sizable donations to philanthropic foundations and institutions can tackle problems that the government and private sector can't address. But large gifts can also be a threat to democracy. Philanthropic organizations are oddities in a democracy. The large gifts they take in come with little accountability,...
April 13, 2018
 High School students in Philadelphia celebrate after learning they earned a trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival. Students from the School District of Philadelphia’s John Bartram High School are headed to this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival after claiming first place in the Aspen Challenge: Philadelphia competition at Drexel University on April 11. A team comprised of eight students and two educator-coaches came up with a...

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