AIF Blog

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...
June 29, 2012
Festival goers packed Paepcke Auditorium to watch an impromptu panel discussion of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 landmark decision upholding the constitutionality of the 2010 health care law, specifically the individual mandate.CNN's Suzanne Malveaux moderated the discussion between David Brooks, Joe Klein, Tom Daschle, and Vin Weber.Watch the full session here. Scroll down to see a variety of quotes from rousing session...
June 29, 2012
Richard Fisher would like people to stop looking to the Fed for liquidity. “We have poured on monetary accommodation,” the Dallas Fed Chairman said, “we have filled the gas tank, and there’s plenty of liquidity out there. Why isn’t it being put to use?”Uncertainty was one resounding answer. With the fate of the global economy hinging on the European Union’s ability to keep its member countries solvent and united,...
June 29, 2012
“There is food insecurity here in our backyards—hunger is hunger and malnutrition is malnutrition, it just takes on a different form in more developed countries.” —Lauren Bush“Now we have competitive elections for control of Congress almost every two years. And it’s politicized every decision we’ve made.”  —Vin Weber"We need to change the whole culture and conversation about sports." —Kevin Turner“John Roberts is...
June 29, 2012
Guest Blogger: Gwen Hopkins, Program Officer, Aspen IDEA Initiative, The Aspen Institute  The pictures flash quickly: lush sea vegetation replaced by empty grey-blue seabed as carbon bubbles out of undersea vents. Reservoirs depleted too quickly, never to refill. Forests and mountains leveled for coal, deep sea oil rigs ablaze, the arctic ice cap visibly retreating. Dennis Dimick is answering the question posed to...
June 28, 2012
 The Aspen Ideas Festival kicked off yesterday with a packed Greenwald Pavilion. Here are some notable quotes from a few of the presenters sharing their Big Ideas.“It’s not simply that you have to find compromise or middle values, you have to figure out a way to weave them together. Tocqueville says America has a strand of individualism and a strand of working together, and that these strands are in conflict. But...
June 27, 2012
Guest blogger: Mark PennA new poll on values shows that there's less faith in Washington, Wall Street, and even God. But Americans still think they can get anything they want through sheer hard work.America's values are in upheaval, triggered by the advance of technology, prolonged pessimism, and a loss of confidence in major social, political, economic, and religious institutions, according to a poll of more than 2...
June 27, 2012
We want the dialogues from the Festival to inspire and engage you. This is why we are continuing to expand the opportunities to engage with the Festival, our speakers, and attendees, whether you live in Aspen or around the world. We have some exciting new partnerships happening this year that we want to share with you.   As part of an exciting partnership through Fora.tv, a wide selection of sessions will be live...
June 26, 2012
       NPR is presenting a special show during Aspen Ideas! You’ve heard them on the air, now come see them in person. Three NPR science correspondents bring their reporting chops and theatrical skills to a multimedia show you won’t want to miss.“A Fish Tale” is an unusual exploration of the science behind deception. It provides a tour of the latest neuroscience and psychology, while also ushering in a brand new...
June 18, 2012
Guest Blogger: Rehema Ellis, NBC News’ Chief Education CorrespondentAt NBC News, we make it our job to cover the myriad of issues and challenges that people face every day. Our goal is to arm our viewers with all the information they need to make decisions about their lives. We cover topics that range from the micro to macro, affecting individuals, families, communities and nations. At the core of these issues is...

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