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June 20, 2018
Rye Barcott is co-founder and CEO of With Honor, a movement to elect a cross-partisan coalition of post-9/11 veterans who can help break down divisions and fix America’s broken politics. Barcott will speak as part of the Imperfect Union track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below he discusses a potential solution to the polarization of Washington politics.The current state of politics—polarized and marked by tribalism—...
June 18, 2018
Dr. Agnes Binagwaho is the vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity. She will speak in the Our Planet, Our Health track at Spotlight Health. Below she offers her recommendations for US entities who provide aid to sub-Saharan Africa. Africa was a continent once deemed “hopeless” by the US media. Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, was condemned to an endless cycle of poverty, starvation, and tragedies...
June 15, 2018
Snigdha Poonam is a national affairs writer with the Hindustan Times. She will speak as part of the Seismic Shifts track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below she shares the challenges India faces in dealing with the aspirations of its growing young population.More than half of India’s population is under 25 years old. It is the largest number of young people in any country on earth. A 2014 UN report distilled the...
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 13, 2018
Chuck Rocha and Kamilah Prince speak at the Aspen Institute Symposium on the State of Race in America. It was held in Washington, DC in May.After President Donald Trump was elected in November 2016, the Brookings Institution went back and examined the minority and black vote. While racial minorities played a crucial role in President Barack Obama's presidential wins, turnout among this group plummeted in 2016....
June 10, 2018
 Sal Khan is founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit that provides free online education. He will speak in the Aspen Ideas Festival program track, Staying Human in a High-Tech World. More than 60 million registered users utilize Khan Academy. Who are these people?Our target users are students, from elementary school-aged kids all the way through college students. Some are visiting the website for help, to...
June 06, 2018
Broadway producer Jeffrey Seller speaks with Kennedy Center Board Chair David Rubenstein at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2017.As the producer of the Broadway show Hamilton, Jeffrey Seller helped the play's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, tell the story of yesterday using the tools of today. The musical about America's founding fathers had a virtually all minority cast and was set to hip-hop. "Lin...
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...
June 04, 2018
 Dan Buettner is the founder of Blue Zones LLC. He will speak as part of the Healthy Communities track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below he discusses the five places in the world — dubbed Blue Zones — where people live the longest, healthiest lives.  What are Blue Zones, and what should we know about these regions?Blue Zones areas are regions of the world where people live much longer than average. The first one is...

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