AIF Blog

June 24, 2014
Medical schools and teaching hospitals play a unique role in the nation’s health. Nowhere else do physicians and scientists teach the next generation of health professionals while conducting groundbreaking research that bring the latest treatments, technologies, and life-saving care directly to patients in clinical settings. These institutions provide over one-fifth of all health care and a disproportionate level of...
June 24, 2014
The intersection between technology and medicine presents great opportunities to improve the human condition. But how can we be true innovators in medical technology? How can we continually narrow the gap between what we want to do for patients, and what we can do for them?We might be deceiving ourselves if we think developing new technologies will help achieve our goals. The reality is that it is relatively...
June 23, 2014
Leading up to this year's Festival, we asked presenters to share a favorite book they read in the last year. Here's the first installment of their recommendations. Stay tuned for more.James Steinberg The Sleepwalkers by Christopher ClarkPublisher Summary: Drawing on new scholarship, Clark offers a fresh look at World War I, focusing not on the battles and atrocities of the war itself, but on the complex events and...
June 21, 2014
We rushed into a nondescript building, seeking shelter from the relentless deluge of Malawi’s rainy season. A roomful of women stared back at us—19 on that day, but the number had been known to double. At nine months pregnant, these brave women had walked hours from their villages in order to be closer to critical care, should they need it during labor. In this case, that care was a low-tech clinic, just a stone’s...
June 16, 2014
 Leading up to this year's Festival, we asked presenters to share a favorite book they read in the last year. Here's the first installment of their recommendations. Stay tuned for more.Janet Echelman Beyond the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity  by Katherine BooPublisher's summary:  In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global...
June 05, 2014
A bike path connecting Denver’s Northside Projects with the existing Denver Bike Path System. A day of dialogue about suicide prevention and community-sourced art projects. A campaign for happiness and peer mentoring. A farmer’s market on wheels. These are solutions to tough challenges that affect communities nationwide: rising suicide rates; inaccessibility to safe places for young children to play; means for...
May 29, 2014
In anticipation of Spotlight: Health, a focused expansion of the Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen Public Radio has created a series exploring key health issues with a handful of experts who will be speaking at the event. From the rigors of kids' sports to Alzheimer's to treating addiction, and more, follow the links below to listen to previews of what's to come.The Healing Powers of BloodAre Kids Overdoing It in Sports?...
April 04, 2014
Tom Friedman and Solly Granatstein joined forces with filmmakers and celebrities to create "Years of Living Dangerously," a new series premiering on Showtime later this month. From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, the documentary provides first-hand reports on those affected by, and seeking solutions to, climate change.Fresh off of a trip to Yemen, Turkey,...
March 20, 2014
Young or old, sciencentific findings show that we can all improve our character. Check out AIF speaker Tiffany Shlain's new 8-minute "cloud film" The Science of Character. In it, she cites several speakers who have shared their work at Aspen Ideas, and asks the question: What are your top five character strengths? For a deeper dive into this topic, here are the sessions which highlight discoveries about character:...
February 13, 2014
By Guest Blogger Courtney E. MartinThere's no small amount of trouble afoot in the feminist movement. Facebook CFO and now bestselling author Sheryl Sandberg has declared that she wants to be "the pompom girl for feminism"; Maureen Dowd writes, "Sandberg has co-opted the vocabulary and romance of a social movement not to sell a cause, but herself." Meanwhile, The Nation's recent cover story wondered if feminism...

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