AIF Blog

June 22, 2017
 Glenn E. Martin is founder and president of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA), an organization dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030, and founder of the #CLOSErikers campaign. He will speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Friday, June 30. The views and opinions of the author are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Aspen Institute. As a national advocate for ending mass...
June 20, 2017
David K. Gibson is here to guide readers through what it’s like at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health.Welcome (very soon) to the Aspen Ideas Festival.For a dozen years now, I’ve been sitting in the back of the room taking notes like an enthusiastic undergrad. By profession, I am a writer and editor, and my AIF job is to find perfect back-and-forths from the conversations happening in the front of the...
June 20, 2017
Eric Liu is the author of the new book "You're More Powerful Than You Think." He leads the Aspen Institute's Citizenship and American Identity Program.Black Lives Matter, the Occupy movement, the Tea Party, and many other groups have developed in recent years as a response to the age we’re living in — an age of epic political turbulence. Author Eric Liu says people across the political spectrum are reclaiming power...
June 16, 2017
Aspen New Voices Fellows pose at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2016.The challenges of international development can seem insurmountable. The world’s toughest problems in global health, food security, and poverty reduction defy easy solutions. The Aspen New Voices Fellowship, part of Aspen Global Health and Development, is working to address these problems. This year, the program's Fellows will lend their voices to the...
June 15, 2017
 Mark Tercek is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature. Mark will speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival as part of the program track Feeling the Heat: The Big Ideas on Climate.The Nature Conservancy has historically focused on protecting biodiversity and saving pristine places. Why are you now tackling climate change?The Nature...
June 13, 2017
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at the Aspen Institute's campus in Maryland in May.As the second female justice confirmed to the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg says her experiences as a female give her a unique perspective her male colleagues don’t share. In this episode, Justice Ginsburg talks about her relationships with Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and the late Antonin...
June 09, 2017
 Heidi Beirich leads the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, which publishes the award-winning Intelligence Report and the Hatewatch blog. She is an expert on various forms of extremism, including the white supremacist, nativist, and neo-Confederate movements as well as racism in academia. She will speak in The America I Know track at the Aspen Ideas Festival.  You oversee the Southern Poverty Law...
June 08, 2017
 New Voices Fellow Adebisi Alimi visits with Caitlyn Jenner after a Spotlight Health session in 2016. New Voices Fellow Adebisi Alimi attended the Aspen Ideas Festival in both 2014 and 2016. He's the executive director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation, which advocates for sexual and gender minorities in Nigeria. Alimi spoke alongside Mona Eltahawy, Paula Johnson, and Buzz Bissinger for the 2016 Spotlight Health session...
June 07, 2017
Former Vice President Al Gore stars in the riveting and rousing follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, Truth to Power. It's part of our flim lineup for the Aspen Ideas Festival.Public tickets for flims go on sale June 16.  SPOTLIGHT HEALTH LINEUP James Beard: America's First Foodie (June 23) Today's American food movement can be traced back to one man: cookbook author, journalist, television celebrity, and teacher...
June 06, 2017
Jane McGonigal, author of Super Better, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2016.Thinking about the far-off future isn’t just an exercise in intellectual curiosity. It’s a practical skill that, as new research reveals, has a direct neurological link to greater creativity, empathy, and optimism. In this session from master game designer and acclaimed futurist Jane McGonigal, you’ll learn three...

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