AIF Blog

July 01, 2013
“Elections are necessary, but they’re not sufficient. If one is focused only on an election and not on institution building, you’ve only got half the story.” —Madeleine Albright“History is far more likely to be rewritten in Asia than in the Middle East.” —Richard Haass“If we can double the time a kid reads and double the time she writes, we can change the world.” —Joel Klein“[With MOOCs] the real question becomes,...
July 01, 2013
This essay by Peter Hirshberg was commissioned to accompany our design track. The Art of Data exhibit is on view in The Resnick Gallery, lower floor of the Doerr-Hosier Center through September 2nd. It can be seen online at www.theartofdata.org A panel discussion on the Art of Data with artists and curators presenting will take place at 1:20 pm on July 1st in Doerr-Hosier Center.This is the era of pervasive data: we...
July 01, 2013
The Artist As Seer track is the inaugural event of ADS Works, the Aspen Institute’s newest policy program, dedicated to convening and supporting artists whose work addresses the world’s most pressing challenges.Many of the artists I admire manage to get out in front of politics, even to get out in front of social activism, and pave the way for positive change. The Artist As Seer track suggests that sometimes-...
June 30, 2013
Yesterday, a crowd of more than 2,100 filled the Benedict Music Tent to see a lineup of dynamic speakers, and witness a few surprises. Spanning topics from China to Twitter to the human genome to life as a Supreme Court Justice, Henry M. Paulson, Elena Kagan, Eric Lander, Henry Paulson, Eric Cantor, Dick Costolo, and Katie Couric and others, took the stage. The packed house was dazzled by a flash mob musical...
June 29, 2013
“The hollowing out of the middle class is probably one of the most difficult issues of our time.” —Chrystia Freeland“Imagine you’ve been cooking all your life without salt; it was locked in a closet. This is where we are; we are trying to cook in the new Yemen and salt is women. It’s important to remember there is salt, and it has to be included in ingredients. We are still writing the recipe. By mid 2014, we will...
June 29, 2013
Lloyd Blankfein Explains Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses ProgramAt the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival, the Institute's President and CEO Walter Isaacson welcomed Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Huffington Post President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, and former US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings to a discussion on the potential of small...
June 28, 2013
By Wayne CloughThis essay by Wayne Clough, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, was commissioned to accompany our Space & the Cosmos track.            For millennia, the question “Are we alone in the universe?” has permeated our myths and folklore, art and philosophy, science fact, and science fiction. One can argue that this need to know who is out there is an innate human curiosity.                     ...
June 28, 2013
“The country is becoming more diverse, and the Republican Party can and should do better. We have more responsibility to attempt to do better among nonwhite voters, which includes Indians, Norwegians, and grumpy people.” —Karl Rove  “Every elected leader should spend at least a year running a big, high-volume restaurant. Because there’s no margin for enemies.” —John Hickenlooper “What democracy does is it opens up...
June 27, 2013
“The big idea in this is to stop defining service as only someone who wears a uniform, to allow service to America to cover everybody who makes a commitment to serve for a period of their lives.” —Stanley McChrystal“Shakespeare once said, ‘Hell hath no fury than a bunch of alpha women pissed off at the slow pace of cancer research.” —Katie Couric“There’s a real hunger among my generation to really get into the...
June 27, 2013
Season Two premiere of the WORLD-exclusive series The Aspen Institute Presents!The Aspen Institute Presents | Season 2 | Promo from World Channel on Vimeo.The Aspen Institute Presents, Season Two, is a five-part series broadcast directly from the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival, from June 26th to July 2nd 2013, with compelling conversations and fascinating interviews on the most significant topics of the day. This...

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