Festival Updates

Jun 25, 2017
Thank You for an Incredible Spotlight Health! We've loved having you join us in Aspen for conversations that matter, and we hope to see you next year! Aspen Ideas Festival kicks off with the Welcome and Conversations at 5:00 pm in the Greenwald Pavilion. Start Your Festival With a Film Screening: One third of the world's food is thrown away before it even reaches the plate. Tonight in the Paepcke Auditorium, watch Wasted: The Story of Food Waste starting at 7:45 pm to change how you buy,...
Jun 24, 2017
Namaste: Breathe in the mountain air with Morning Yoga every day at 7:00 am in Anderson Park and take some time to reflect. Did You Know: With the token you received in your swag bag, you can choose a Colorado-based health organization to receive a donation on your behalf from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Just stop by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation exhibit and use your token to vote for the organization of your choice for a healthy Colorado. Stop by the Mount Sinai tent for a...
Jun 23, 2017
Conversations That Move: Does the solution to mounting chronic stress lie in simply creating more connections? Find out at Creative Tensions: Creating Connection in a Divided World in the Hines Room in the Kresge Building at 10:20 am. Creative Tensions is not a panel; it’s a conversation that moves. Moderated by IDEO’s Fred Dust, it’s a fresh approach to group dialogue that encourages openness and inspires empathy. Late Breaker: New session alert! Visit the Koch Tent at 5:30 pm to listen...
Jun 22, 2017
Welcome to Spotlight Health 2017! As you make your way around campus today, be sure to check out the Project HEAL art exhibition, where artists have crafted an exhibit at the intersection of policy and civic engagement, in the Paepcke Lobby at 3:00 pm. Late Breaker: New session alert! Tonight at 9:00 pm in the Aspen Meadows Restaurant, Julie Rovner, Margot Sanger-Katz, Joanne Kenan and Elliot Gerson will discuss Health Reform Legislation to Arrive on the Senate Floor. Listen to experts...
Jun 02, 2017
 Spotlight Health Sneak Peek: In less than three weeks Jon Batiste, bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, will join Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson on stage. The two New Orleans natives will converse about music, health, and well-being… Kathleen Sebelius, former US Health and Human Services Secretary, will talk with Judy Woodruff (anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour) about her role in implementing the Affordable Care Act, and the law’s impact...
May 19, 2017
Scholars pose for a photo on the Aspen Institute grounds in Aspen, Colorado at Spotlight Health 2016. This summer 300 emerging young leaders will join the ranks of attendees at Spotlight Health and the Aspen Ideas Festival. Hailing from across the US and 30 countries, the Scholars represent a variety of fields including the military, academia, science, journalism, and the arts. They’re selected for their work, accomplishments, and ability to transform ideas into action. The hope is...
May 05, 2017
Amy Whitaker is the author of "Art Thinking." She will speak as part of the Inside Creativity track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Find more blogs from Festival speakers on our website. Below is an excerpt from Amy's post. I believe everyone is an artist, and that creativity is a basic human birthright. We also live in the largest, most complex market economy of all time. Creativity and commerce are connected within each of us. We are all artists of our own lives, but we also...
Apr 21, 2017
 Maggie was the sister of Spotlight Health speaker Elizabth Lesser. She trained as a nurse practitioner after college. Elizabeth Lesser co-founded Omega Institute. She will speak as part of the Caregiving track at Spotlight Health. In the weeks leading up to the Festival, you can find more blogs from Festival speakers on our website. Below is an excerpt from her essay. My younger sister Maggie was a renaissance woman—a no-nonsense nurse practitioner in a rural Vermont...
Apr 07, 2017
 Poets Reginald Dwayne Betts and Clint Smith speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Growing up, teacher and poet Clint Smith says he thought his parents were especially strict. He remembers one carefree night when he and his friends were playing with super soaker guns in a hotel parking lot. “Within ten minutes,” he says, “my father came outside, grabbed me by my forearm and led me into our room with an unfamiliar grip.” Smith’s father derided him for being...
Mar 10, 2017
 Reshma Saujani is on the far left. She spoke in a session called Girls, Unleashed at Spotlight Health. When Reshma Saujani ran for US Congress in 2010, she made campaign stops at schools throughout New York City. Her run against a long-time incumbent was unsuccessful, but the loss wasn’t a complete failure: she came away from it with an idea born of concern. “As I would visit schools, I’d go into their computer science labs and robotics classes and I’d see...

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