AIF Blog

July 12, 2012
Guest Blogger: Lawrence J. Cohen, psychologist and author of Playful Parenting reflects on what he gained from his peers at Aspen Ideas.I joined the panel on the goal of parenting thinking it might be a knock-down drag-out fight between advocates of play and connection (like me) and advocates of hard-core achievement and academic preparation (like Amy Chua, the Tiger Mother). I think we were all pleasantly surprised...
July 03, 2012
"We don’t want to as a federal government tell cities how to solve problems, but we should be a resource and not stand in their way." —Lisa Jackson"What’s really fascinating is how much quality improvement there is to be had in this health care system." —David Leonhardt"The reason we didn’t get stronger cost controls (in the Affordable Care Act) is it was only Democrats who voted on it, and Republicans walked away...
July 02, 2012
Rock star physicist Brian Greene’s excitement was palpable at the Aspen Ideas signature event, Afternoon of Conversation.What was he so fired up about? On Wednesday, July 4, the world will find out if scientists at CERN, the particle-collider in Geneva, have confirmed the existence of the elusive Higgs Particle, also nicknamed the “God Particle.”[Update July 4: the Higgs Particle is no longer a theory!]In this video...
July 02, 2012
The Afternoon of Conversation is Aspen Ideas' signature event, and ths year's was no exception. More than 2,000 people gathered in the Benedict Music Tent to hear a variety of speakers.Here are some highlights from the afternoon.Wu Tong surprised guests with an unannounced Random Act of Culture by planing the sheng, an ancient Chinese wind instrument.."There is no issue of patriotism or morality or economic prudence...
July 02, 2012
"Overparenting is gross!" —Katie Couric"You give me better parents, better neighbors, better leaders, and better students, and I’ll make every teacher better and every great teacher outstanding." —Tom Friedman"It sounds harsh but it’s empowering, this idea that hard work can fix just about anything." —Amy Chua"There’s very little support for innovation. Innovation is not done by committee." —Ann Higdon"Everyone has...
July 01, 2012
A Google search this morning for recent news about Anne-Marie Slaughter turned up over 300 mentions. Clearly, her Atlantic cover story about women's work-life balance dilemma has rekindled the longstanding debate that is resonating with women and men alike.Just prior to this session, Shelly Lazarus and Gillian Tett were on stage discussing advertising and new media along with Lazrus's long and successful career in...
July 01, 2012
Guest Blogger: Martin GaynorMartin Gaynor is the E.J. Barone Professor of Economics and Health Policy at the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University and chair of the governing board of the Health Care Cost Institute, an independent nonprofit dedicated to advancing knowledge about the determinants of US health care costs.Last week's landmark Supreme Court decision was extremely important for the future of the...
June 30, 2012
The question of whether the United States is in decline has pervaded panels all week at Aspen Ideas, and was particularly prominent in a lively discussion between Harvard Kennedy School professor Nicholas Burns, Brookings Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kagan, and Dean of the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs James Steinberg, in conversation with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg....
June 30, 2012
Friday was another lively day of discourse at Aspen Ideas. Following are some of the noteable quotes and the people who said them."China's whole economy is dependent on our economy—they want our debt to remain valuable." -James Steinberg"We all have come to the conclusion that something is broken in America, that the American dream is in real danger. And the time has come to do something about it, not wait for...
June 30, 2012
The 2012 Olympics is less than a month away. As athletes from around the world prepare for the apex of their careers, Michele Kwan talks about the life lessons she learned as an Olympic athlete who, despite being the most decorated figure skater in US history, came up short of the gold medal in both the 1988 and 2002 Games.“[Not winning the gold] taught me why I was in it,” said Kwan. “I was in skating because I...

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