AIF Blog

June 26, 2017
David K. Gibson is here to guide readers through the experience of attending the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health. Sessions at AIF are divided into program tracks; these provide structure to the festival, and allow both broad overviews and deep dives into defined subject areas. But you can watch whatever sessions you like. These are a few themed paths you can take as you choose your own Ideas adventure...
June 25, 2017
David K. Gibson is here to guide readers through the experience of attending the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health.Sessions at AIF are divided into program tracks; these provide structure to the festival, and allow both broad overviews and deep dives into defined subject areas. But ideas don’t exist in a vacuum, so you can slice and dice them into your own tracks.Kum Ba Yah, the No-Conflict TrackThis is...
June 25, 2017
Carl Zimmer writes books, articles, essays, and blog posts in which he reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. Since 2013 he has been a columnist at the New York Times, where his column “Matter” appears each week. He agreed to answer some of our questions before taking the stage at Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss genetics and the future of babymaking.What is...
June 25, 2017
Rana Foroohar is Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor for the Financial Times. She is also CNN’s global economic analyst. She’ll be discussing global conflicts at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Bernie Sanders was recently named the most popular politician in the US by a Harvard-Harris poll. This says quite a lot about what Americans really care about politically — things such as economic inequality, wage...
June 25, 2017
Rebecca MacKinnon directs the Ranking Digital Rights project at New America. She co-founded the citizen media network Global Voices and authored Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom. She will speak at the Reimagining the Internet track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below is her piece on the regulation of speech on social media platforms.Would recent terror attacks in the UK, France...
June 25, 2017
David K. Gibson is here to guide readers through the experience of attending the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health.This is a passionate crowdThe people walking through the Aspen Meadows campus this week have dedicated their lives to healing, to preventing disease, to the betterment of humanity. You can hear that passion in the questions they ask in sessions and in the conversations in the hallways.But...
June 24, 2017
By Julie Beck, The AtlanticI am in the mountains and they are healing me. It is like the miracle pool at Lourdes except it’s not a miracle and we’re not at Lourdes. We’re at Maroon Bells, which depending on which website you ask, are the most photographed mountains in Aspen, in Colorado, or in North America. I photograph them some more, to help them hold onto their title.The mountains, and their attendant plant life...
June 23, 2017
 The Aspen Ideas to Go Podcast TAKEOVER is back for its second year! In the spirit of a diverse exchange of ideas, we’ve handed over the mic to a handful of Festival presenters to take over the show! During the week of the Aspen Ideas Festival—going on now through July 1st—six Takeover Hosts—Julie Rovner, Perri Peltz, Michele Norris, Joshua Johnson, Pete Dominick, and Susan Page...
June 23, 2017
David K. Gibson is here to guide readers through what it’s like at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health.So the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act repeal bill Landed Thursday, on the first day of Spotlight Health. This is a bit like putting on a Star Trek fan convention, and having an ACTUAL KLINGON STARSHIP land in the convention center. Luckily, everyone’s already dressed for battle, and it...
June 23, 2017
Katie Hafner writes about health care, with a focus on the aging population, for the Science section of The New York Times. She will speak at the Caregiving track at Spotlight Health. Below, she describes her work reporting on aging populations.What got you interested in reporting on health care in older populations?  How did you get into this field?I started out as a general reporter. In 1983, I started writing...

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