The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. We ignite human potential to build understanding and create new possibilities for a better world.

History and Highlights

For over 70 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.

Founded in 1949, the Aspen Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

In a ground-breaking extension of its mandate to create opportunities for deep dialogue, the Aspen Institute’s public events seek to engage a broader audience in a discussion of the significant ideas and issues that touch all parts of our society. We offer a stimulating and invigorating celebration of some of the liveliest minds at work today. 

Our Mission

We bring together thoughtful people with diverse backgrounds and points of view. We cultivate and support values-based, purpose-driven leaders in many communities. We turn ideas into action and impact for individuals and society.

Spark intellectual inquiry and exchange, connecting new concepts to timeless values

Create a diverse worldwide community of leaders committed to the greater good

Provide a nonpartisan forum for reaching solutions on vital public policy issues

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The Aspen Institute: Who We Are

What We Do

Policy Programs
Nonpartisan initiatives that drive dialogue and action on today’s challenges

Leadership Initiatives
Multi-year programs where leaders explore their core values to drive action in their communities and businesses

Conferences & Events
Opportunities for the public to engage with experts and each other

Youth & Engagement Programs
Initiatives that develop values-driven young leaders and activate the next generation of citizens

Small gatherings where experts and leaders reflect, connect, and share ideas 

International Partnerships
A network of partners that address global challenges and develop values-based leaders 

Media Resources
Digital content and publications that promote innovative thinking and solutions

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