What's the Big Idea?

Now in its sixth year, the Aspen Ideas Festival will gather scientists, artists, politicians, historians, educators, activists, and other great thinkers to present and discuss some of the most important and fascinating ideas of our time. The special focus this year is on IDEAS IN ACTION, spotlighting the cutting-edge (or timeless) thinking that translates into actions that make a difference. Participants contribute provocative perspectives from their fields and discuss global culture with a sophisticated audience highly motivated to engage in dialogue. David Bradley, Robert Steel Regina Benjamin, James Bennet, Olara Ottunu, Buddy Fletcher, Ayaan Hirsi Ali open the festival.

Festival: 2010

Watch and Listen: World

In the nearly 18 months of his presidency, Donald Trump has made an array of foreign policy changes. It began with... See more
Globalization ushered in an era of free trade, fluid borders, and unparalleled corporate profits. For its proponents,... See more
While the allegations of Russia’s 2016 election meddling have dominated US headlines, Vladimir Putin’s government is... See more
Donald Trump’s America First philosophy and his retreat from international alliances led pundits to dub Germany’s... See more
The last year has seen a clear trend toward a more authoritarian China at home and a more aggressive China overseas. As... See more
For our annual signature event in the Benedict Music Tent, the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival hosts former secretary of... See more