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December 07, 2011
Aspen Winter 11 12 IssueThe Aspen Idea is a magazine published twice yearly by the Aspen Institute. The most recent issues devotes several pages to the Aspen Ideas Festival. Coverage of the Festival starts on page 52 (scroll down or type "52" into the number box.)Most of the full-length sessions can be found here on our website. Seach by category or speaker name. 
December 01, 2011
The news reported yesterday that SolarCity has received financing from Bank of America Merrill Lynch to install solar electricity systems on houses on military bases is perhaps even sweeter on the heels of the Solyandra bankruptcy. After failing to meet a deadline to get government loan backing, SolarCity and one of the country's largest banks pressed on to reach a deal. SolarCity will install solar systems on up to...
December 01, 2011
To honor World AIDS Day, here is a look back at some of the discussions that have taken place over the years at Aspen Ideas.Focus on Youth, AIDS, and Music with Wyclef Jean, A Special Benefit for YouthAIDSGrammy Award-winning musician and activist Wyclef Jean, founder and CEO of YouthAIDS Kate Roberts, and former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS Stephen Lewis discuss youth and AIDS. Wyclef Jean performs after the...
November 17, 2011
 US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is in the spotlight today as he testifies at a hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, about the government-backed loan guarantee to failed solar manufacturer Solyandra.In the short video clip above, Chu talks about where the phrase "glucose economy" came from and describes exciting technology for turning plant sources into fuels. Beyond traditional solar power, "...
November 08, 2011
The G20 Summit in France wrapped up over the weekend. And while the European financial crisis dominated the talks, larger issues prevail. Read more news coverage.Nouriel Roubini, co-founder and chairman of Roubini Global Economics and professor at New York University's Stern School of Business, spoke this summer at Aspen Ideas about the crippled G20. "We are in a world that has officially moved from G7 to a G20...
November 03, 2011
We're proud to share the news that AsepnIdeas.org is an award-winning website! The Web Marketing Association bestowed the award for Outstanding Achievement for Web Development to our development and design team.Several months ago, the Aspen Ideas team undertook a major redesign and rebuild of our website. Anyone who saw aifestival.org before last May, when the redesign became live, knows how major the changes have...
October 20, 2011
How much of energy efficiency is about technology and how much of it is education and a change in our consumptive behaviors?"As we are constantly making escalators and light fixtures less expensive to operate, which is another way of saying more efficient, how do we put the frugality force in when we're constantly taking it away from the other side?" asks moderator David Owen.For starters, says Amit Chatterjee, "...
October 11, 2011
In what has proven to be a controversial move, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a recommendation last week stating that healthy men shouldn't get PSA blood tests for detecting prostate cancer.This recommendation has lit up the traditional media and blogosphere. CBS reports that prostrate cancer experts bash the panel’s recommendation, and The New York Times outlines the shortfalls of early cancer...
October 04, 2011
With House Republican Leader Eric Cantor calling the jobs bill dead, the drought in American jobs continues to keep our country and economy parched.Last month, Gallup reported that underemployment is stuck around 18 percent, essentially where it was a year ago. And 46 percent of Americans believe the economy is worse than it was a year ago.The economy was debated and dissected at Aspen Ideas. Following are short...
September 19, 2011
The nation’s youth are back in school, so we’re focusing on our Education track this month. Above, Graham Wyatt shows how we can harness the virtual world and create exciting learning environments. Watch his 15-minute Game Changer talk here.Don't miss these stellar talks on a wide range of education issues.Sal Khan, of the Khan Academy, shows how virtual instruction is moving into classrooms through innovative math...

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