Festival Updates

Sep 11, 2013
The U.S. Economy: As we near the close of the third quarter, what will the growth numbers have in store? It is unlikely we will see a jump of more than 2.5 percent in GDP growth anytime soon, says Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Washington bureau chief of The New York Times David Leonhardt asks Lew at Aspen Ideas if this is the "new normal," or will the United States ever soar to the 4-percent growth numbers experienced in the nineties. The core economy is stronger than...
Sep 05, 2013
Today, one in four children in the United States is growing up in poverty. Oftentimes living in poverty goes hand in hand with exposure to violence, chronic insecurity, loss, hardship, and disruption. Pamela Cantor, founder of Turnaround for Children, underscores how living in scarcity inflicts a traumatic form of stress on kids’ developing brains — interfering with learning and impacting behavior. Watch now (1:44) to hear Cantor describe the new scientific research that...
Aug 22, 2013
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic speech. But many don't realize that even though King’s “I Have a Dream” speech marked a defining moment in the Civil Rights Movement, it did not have a significant impact on legislation. At Aspen Ideas, David Rubenstein illuminates the speech’s historic significance and discusses why it is hailed as a masterpiece of rhetoric and how it stacks up to other speeches...
Aug 14, 2013
As children around the country head back to school, a majority of educators are adjusting curriculum to meet the Common Core State Standards, a near-universal set of academic criteria inspired by standards from the world’s highest performing countries. Adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, some argue that the CCSS amounts to a federal takeover of education. Former chancellor of NYC’s department of education Joel Klein says, in the clip above, that no matter the...
Aug 07, 2013
Do creative projects need a gatekeeper? Has crowdsourcing changed what we call "art" for the better or worse? Perry Chen, CEO of Kickstarter, discusses the matter here with Walter Isaacson. Watch the entire session here.Watch Full SessionsAs always, there are many full sessions available to watch on our website from the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival (and Festivals past). Following is a list of full-length videos now available.Principled Pluralism: Report of the Inclusive America Project...
Aug 01, 2013
brightcove.createExperiences(); Does the growing economy discredit the Republican economic model of lower taxes and less regulation? Elaine L. Chao, 24th secretary of labor, says no. Chao disputes that the economy is actually coming back. The questions we should be asking, according to Chao: Why hasn't the economy bounced back faster? What is holding back the full recovery? Watch the entire session here.Watch Full...
Jul 25, 2013
Is the new trend of “binge viewing” television shows, like Netflix’s House of Cards affecting storytelling? James L. Brooks, writer/producer of some of television’s most influential programs—The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Taxi, The Simpsons—shares his somewhat surprising take, here, on the new revolution sweeping episodic shows. Watch the entire video here.Watch Full SessionsAs always, there are many full sessions available to watch on our website from the...
Jul 18, 2013
Do you have a rich inner life? If not, can you create one? David Brooks on the themes that recur throughout history for the people who have rich emotional and intellectual lives. Watch the 3-minute clip above; or settle in for the entire video.WATCH FULL SESSIONSAs always, there are many full sessions available to watch on our website from the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival (and Festivals past). Following is a list of full-length videos now available.Why are You the One Who Got the Election Right?...
Jul 16, 2013
For over 60 years, the Aspen Institute has been the nation's premier gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times.In a ground-breaking extension of its mandate to create opportunities for deep dialogue, the Aspen Institute now seeks to engage a broader audience in a discussion of some of the significant ideas and issues that touch all parts...
Jul 15, 2013
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways:Seminars, which help participants reflect on what they think makes a good society, thereby deepening knowledge, broadening perspectives and enhancing their capacity to solve the problems leaders face.Young-...

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