AIF Blog

June 26, 2013
Download the Aspen Ideas Festival app to get up-to-the-minute Agenda information, presenter biographies, campus and town maps, Festival updates, videos, photos, and more.Not attending the Festival this year? Use the app to get notifications about live streaming video and latest videos.The Aspen Ideas app is compatible with iOS and Android devices, and available in a web version on BlackBerry. Go here to download the...
June 21, 2013
Aspen Ideas speaker Lawrence Burns writes here about the future of transportation. His presentation is at 12 PM, July 1, at Gisella. For tickets, visit aspenshowtix.com.By Lawrence BurnsIt’s June 15th, 2030.  Sam and Sue’s daughter Sally will be graduating at noon over at Aspen High School.  Sally’s sister Sophia has a 9 a.m. karate match, and Sam and Sue must get ready for Sally’s open house by 3:00 p.m.  It’s...
June 19, 2013
Ideas, pure and simple, can be inspirational. They can plant seeds where none existed. They can morph an existing thought into quite another. They can introduce us to worlds of thinking we have never considered, thought about, imagined... And that's why we like to share them!Public tickets to Aspen Ideas Festival events go on sale tomorrow at 9 AM MST. All tickets are handled through the Wheeler Opera House Box...
June 01, 2013
During last years Aspen Ideas Festival, Stanley McChrystal, former commander of US and international forces in Afghanistan and of the Joint Special Operations Command, told Bob Schieffer and an audience of nearly 2,000 that national service should be mandatory.Listen here to Stanley McChrystal's Aspen Minute On May 29, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by McChrystal where he makes the...
April 22, 2013
This month marks the 10th anniversary of the sequencing of the human genome and every day, biomedical scientists are working to usher in a new era of genomic medicine based on the insights we now have, said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, at a recent Aspen Ideas Festival event in New York City."Biomedical researchers are identifying more and more ways to...
April 16, 2013
Today the Gang of Eight released the details of their proposed immigration reform, which includes, among other things, a 13-year path to citizenship for unauthorized workers and tightened border security. Read more details here about the Gang of Eight's proposal. As lawmakers, and the nation, consider the broad proposal, here is a look back at immigration coverage at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Last summer, Valerie...
March 15, 2013
Today the Aspen Institute launches its first-ever program dedicated to veterans issues, the Aspen Institute Veterans Initiative. The program aims to take on the challenge of educating private practitioners (also called “frontline care providers”) to effectively diagnose and treat mental distress in veterans. Read more about the program.Watch Paul Rieckhoff, founder and executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan...
February 22, 2013
As Secretary of Energy Steven Chu steps down from the Obama Administration and takes up a post at Stanford University (read news coverage), we look back at Dr. Chu's session at Aspen Ideas where he spoke with Ray Suarez about nuclear energy, coal, and natural gas, among other energy options. Loading the player...
January 22, 2013
Leading up to the Festival track What We Believe and Why: An Exploration of Values, we asked 2012 Aspen Ideas speakers the following question: Where do your values come from?Following are their answers—some surprising, some insightful, and some that will make you question where your own values come from. Explore sessions from the Values track here. (Learn more about each speaker via links at the bottom of this page...
January 10, 2013
"So there is a view out there that, often called the Easterlin paradox, and the Easterlin paradox claims that raising levels of economic development does nothing for well-being whatsoever and therefore we shouldn't bother doing it," said Justin Wolfers during the Economics of Happiness discussion at the 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival. "I'm going to show that claim is straight out false." His assertion is presented in a...

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