AIF Blog

April 18, 2012
Each year TIME magazine recognizes "the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world." We congratulate these Aspen Ideas speakers who were named to this year's TIME 100 list of most influential people in the world:Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy.Pete Cashmore, founder and CEO of Mashable.Hillary Clinton, secretary of state, joined us at the 2005 festival as senator of New York. She...
April 13, 2012
[Ed. note: This blog was originally published on 1/11/12. Updated 4/13/12.] Experts are constantly examining the effects of "living socially" on our well-being. And up until recently, most of the focus has been on the detriments of Facebook and Twitter.The New York Times reported this week that many researchers are "looking to Facebook, Twitter and the rest for opportunities to identify problems, to hear cries for...
March 27, 2012
As the Supreme Court weighs arguments on the requirement to buy health insurance contained in the health care reform law, we take a look back at a conversation between David Leonhardt and Paul Romer at the 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival. They discuss the role businesses and unions play in our current health care system, which some argue favors employer-provided insurance.Leonhardt and Romer confer about the missed...
March 12, 2012
Did you catch Sal Khan on "60 Minutes" last night? Dubbed by its producers as Teacher to the World, Khan talks about a huge turning point for his online nonprofit the Khan Academy, which happened after Bill Gates introduced Khan to the world from the stage of the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival.With more than 3,000 lessons on everything from Algebra to Art History to Valuation and Investing, Khan Acadamy garners 4 million...
February 28, 2012
Next up in our series, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa champions education as the key issue that will make America stronger.“This is the economic issue of our time, this is the civil rights issue of our time, and this is the democracy issue of our time,” stresses Villaraigosa.The achievement gap and number of children not graduating from high school is devastating to our country. And it’s a problem we all...
February 27, 2012
What's the happiest state in the U.S.? Aloha, Hawaii! For the third year in a row, Hawaii topped Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released today. Western states still top the idex, while Southern states rate poorly in comparrison. The top ten also includes: North Dakota, Minnesota, Utah, Alaska, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, and Montana. TIME's Healthland blog covers the survey in more detail.We...
February 21, 2012
Continuing our series, Jamie Bechtel, founder, president and CEO of New Course, an organization focused on changing the course of women’s lives through conservation and sustainable development.In this 3-munte talk, Betchtel tells the moving story of visiting slave quarters in Tanzania where she learned from a 16 year old that we should use the tools that are available to us. In this case, she is advocating the use...
February 09, 2012
Continuing our series, Matt Flannery tells about his transition from computer programming at TiVo to co-founder of Kiva.org. His experience underlies his belief that we can all apply our knowledge and skillset for social good.Flannery tells how he used computer programming to create a system where someone could get $25 into the hands of a Ugandan woman via the Internet.At Kiva, we’ve experienced this out-pouring of...
February 08, 2012
This week's decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the ban on gay marriage in California -- known as Proposition 8 -- was unconstitutional marks a major milestone in the years-long effort by two unlikely collaborators, Ted Olson and David Boies. Boies and Olson represented Al Gore and George W. Bush respectively in the 2008 legal battle over the presidential election that...
February 07, 2012
Looking for a new way to experience the Aspen Ideas Festival? Check out our channel on iTunes U. We've curated some of the best from the 2011 Festival in our tracks on the Frontiers of Medicine, Growing the U.S. Economy, What is "Happiness"?, Green Tech to Clean Tech, the Learning Landscape and the State of the Union. Users of iTunes can subscribe to a whole track or pick and choose sessions from across the Festival...

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