AIF Blog

June 29, 2017
Brett Perlman is a fellow at the Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where his work focuses on the intersection of climate change, energy policy, and technology innovation. He agreed to answer a few questions before he speaks at the Feeling The Heat track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. In 1999, you were appointed the Commissioner of the Public Utility Commission of Texas by...
June 29, 2017
Tina Seelig is a professor of the Practice in Stanford University’s Department of Management Science and Engineering and a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. She will speak at the Inside Creativity track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Our education system is responsible for preparing young people to build successful lives. They should be ready for the wide range of possibilities ahead of...
June 29, 2017
Joanna Bryson is a reader (associate professor) at the University of Bath and an affiliate of Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. A transdisciplinary researcher on the structure and dynamics of human- and animal-like intelligence, her research covers topics ranging from artificial intelligence, through autonomy and robot ethics, and on to human cooperation. She will be speaking at The...
June 29, 2017
Ronald Klain was White House Ebola Response Coordinator from 2014 to 2015, and currently serves as an External Advisor to the Skoll Global Threats Fund. This post has been updated and adopted from the author’s piece, Confronting the Pandemic Threat, published in Democracy Journal (No. 40, Spring 2016). He will be speaking about global conflicts at the Aspen Ideas Festival.MERS in 2012. Ebola in 2014. Zika in 2015....
June 28, 2017
By Julie Beck, The Atlantic“We’re not pulling the rug out from under anybody,” said Tom Price, the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The goal of the House’s and the Senate’s health plans, and the Trump administration’s goal, he said, is “ensuring that there are more individuals who are insured under the new plan than under the old plan”—the old plan being...
June 28, 2017
Charles Sykes, an MSNBC contributor and former conservative talk show radio host, is speaking at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. This piece was originally published in America Magazine.If you occasionally feel like you are binge-watching history, you are not alone. These are remarkable times for both our politics and our culture, and the stakes seem to be rising all the time. It is not merely that social norms are...
June 28, 2017
Jeff Raikes is co-founder of the Raikes Foundation. He's speaking about the inequities that result from a “color-blind” attitude toward race at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival.From the time I was a kid growing up on a farm in Nebraska, I was taught not to notice or comment on racial difference – to be “color-blind.” Not calling attention to differences was the way white people like me showed that we believed in...
June 28, 2017
Rob Riley is president of the Northern Forest Center. He’ll be discussing the issues facing rural communities at the Aspen Ideas Festival.To some, “rural” is an abstract notion, sometimes conjuring images of farms, forests, or mountains, but less often bringing to mind the people who live in rural places. Even less do we consider the ways that rural life has shaped our nation.In the Northern Forest for instance — 30...
June 28, 2017
Molly Hemstreet is the founder and general manager of Opportunity Threads. She’ll be discussing issues in rural communities at the Aspen Ideas Festival.What led you to start Opportunity Threads?I grew up and still live in Western North Carolina — the heart of the southern textile and furniture industries. I have seen the arc of our communities’ economic life go from booming with manufacturing, to massive lay-offs,...
June 27, 2017
By Emma Green, The AtlanticIn the future, when a couple wants to reproduce, “they will not make a baby in a bed or in the backseat or a car, or under a ‘Keep Off the Grass’ sign,” says Henry Greely, the director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford Law School.Instead, they will go to a clinic. Using stem cells from the couple’s skin or other non-reproductive organs, scientists will be able to make...

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