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April 12, 2011
Another three books for your pre-Festival reading stack!The Climate War, Eric Pooley. With impressive access to many of the key players, Pooley examines the issues and people involved in the struggle to cap global warming pollution.Power Hungry, Robert Bryce delivers a state-of-the industry overview of energy policy, with arguments about why some renewable energies are not a suitable solution.In The Emperor of All...
March 15, 2011
Here’s a preview of books by upcoming Festival Speakers. Add them to your reading list.A Chance to Make History As Teach for America turns 20, founder Wendy Kopp’s view on school reform is well summed up in the subtitle: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All. Festival Track: The Learning LandscapeAmerican Grace Written by Harvard professor and AIF speaker Robert D. Putnam and David...
March 11, 2011
In our turbulent world of uprisings and natural disasters, social and mobile media are playing a vital role in connecting people. From protesters using Twitter to organize and Facebook posts serving as a way for friends and family to spread the word about the tsunami in Japan (see FB map here), the impact and utility of both are staggering. Even the US State Department used Twitter last week to inform Americans how...
March 01, 2011
The Aspen Ideas Festival mourns the loss of the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, who graced us with his presence numerous times and died on Feb. 28. With his trademark blend of humor, wisdom, and intellectual curiosity, he challenged us to take our ideas out into the world and do good with them.Gomes was the Plumer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, The Memorial Church, Harvard University...
February 16, 2011
“The search for happiness is as old as history itself, one might venture, and in a certain sense that claim would be true.” (Happiness: A History by Darrin M. McMahon). Author and 2011 Festival presenter McMahon argues that our modern concept of “happiness” is the result of a dramatic shift in expectations since the 18th century.Through deep inquiry into economics, psychology, geography, neuroscience, and more, we...
February 12, 2011
Food in America is cheaper and more plentiful than ever, but we are not healthier for it. The issues around food and nutrition today are rife with questions and contradictions. In fact, the government recently issued a new set of nutrition guidelines that some, including Festival presenter and food advocate Mark Bittman, argue are still convoluted and serve industry more than individual health. (See his recent blog...
February 11, 2011
Last summer, John Fetterman brought down the house at the Ideas Festival. The mayor of the small Pennsylvania town of Braddock told his inspiring story about how the arts would affect social change in his poverty-stricken town. Read about his audacious story of urban renewal here in the The New York Times."Thrust into the national spotlight, Fetterman has become something of a folk hero, a Paul Bunyan of hipster...
February 05, 2011
We’ll take a closer look at Our Digital Universe: Social Media, Mobile Media in an upcoming post, but we can’t resist acknowledging social media’s impact on the Egyptian Revolution. Click here to see a series of photos that show the major role Facebook, Twitter and mobile devices played during the protests. Twitter founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams talked at length about Twitter’s effect on the mass protests in...
January 25, 2011
As the 2011 Festival takes shape, we will periodically share titles from some of the speakers presenting as well as books about the topics we’ll be discussing this summer. We hope you’ll be inspired to read them and join the discussion in Aspen.Please visit our Bookstore to purchase.The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized MedicineThomas Goetz, executive editor of WIRED...
December 10, 2010
With a spate of new 3D movies out this holiday season, where is technology and the movie industry headed? Jeffrey Katzenberg, head of DreamWorks, the world's largest animation studio, talks about the movie biz, 3D sports broadcasting, the roll of 3D in storytelling and even holograms, at the 2010 Festival.

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