AIF Blog

December 28, 2017
Writers Dani Shapiro and Jess Walter speak at Aspen Summer Words.How is creativity cultivated in childhood? And, does a creative culture at home result in a creative career later on? Authors Jess Walter, Dani Shapiro, and Jericho Brown explain how their early years contributed to a life of writing. Such a life isn’t easy, with rejection, confusion, and disappointment making the pursuit an uphill battle. The writers...
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...
December 21, 2017
Matthew Feinberg and Rob Willer join moderator Olga Khazan at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss effective morals-based communication. While Americans’ political divisions seem wider than ever and conversations between liberals and conservatives more and more strained, sociologists Matt Feinberg and Robb Willer have some advice about how people on different sides of the ideological fence can talk to...
December 19, 2017
Eric Motley speaks with Joshua Johnson at the Aspen Institute's Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series. Remember Hillary Clinton's book It Takes a Village? Well, in Eric Motley's case, it really did take a village, or the community of Madison Park, more specifically. His grandparents housed, clothed, and fed him, but the townspeople came together to ensure he was doing well at school and knew and...
December 15, 2017
 Rabia Chaudry speaks on a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. The challenges women face in America today are numerous: pay inequality, barriers to safe and affordable family planning, juggling professional life and child rearing, and sexual harassment. And while sexual harassment has been a problem for years, a cultural shift is underway. Women are telling their stories, and many accused men are...
December 12, 2017
Andrea Mitchell, Theo Padnos, and David Bradley speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival. American journalist Theo Padnos endured electrocution, beatings, and isolation while imprisoned in the Middle East. Long before his capture, he grew up in New England, went to school, and became fluent in French, German, Russian, and Arabic. In the Fall of 2012, he went to the Middle East to cover the rising chaos in Syria. After...
December 05, 2017
 Peter Feaver and Garrett Graff speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. With North Korea’s recent launch of a missile capable of striking anywhere in the US, the threat of nuclear war seems eerily real. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reports the probability of global catastrophe is “very high.” They’ve set their infamous Doomsday Clock to two and a half minutes to midnight...
November 28, 2017
Mark Hoffman and Kevin O'Leary speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival. How do you successfully build a business? And is entreprenuership something that can be developed, or are you born with it? Kevin O'Leary is an incredibly successful entrepreneur and investor. He stars in ABC's Shark Tank and runs his own financial services company. Known as "Mr. Wonderful" on TV, O'Leary draws from his...
November 21, 2017
Joshua Johnson, Susan Page, and David Leonhardt at the Aspen Ideas Festival (not pictured: Campbell Brown). Last year, the number of Americans who trusted the media sunk to a new low, according to Gallup. Only 32 percent of respondents said they had a great deal or fair amount of trust in the mass media. Since then, the trust level has ticked up. Still, journalists say they're operating in a challenging...
November 15, 2017
 Josh Shapiro, Heather Gerken, and Elliot Gerson speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. What happens when the states and federal government don’t agree? Conflict between these institutions stretches back to disputes between Alexander Hamilton, a champion of federal authority, and Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who supported states’ rights. In a talk at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Heather Gerken, dean of the...

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