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

Most of us probably harbor preconceived notions about refugees. Maybe it’s a misunderstanding about what drove them... See more
The Trump Administration has said that “all options are on the table” in North Korea. What actually are the options,... See more
The Afternoon of Conversation is the Aspen Ideas Festival's signature event and hosts an audience of 2,000 in the... See more
Authoritarian populists are gaining power from Ankara to Athens, from Warsaw to Washington. Meanwhile, popular support... See more
This talk rethinks refugees as a potential economic benefit to the societies that host them, rather than simply passive... See more
It’s been called one of the worst self-inflicted political wounds of modern times. British Prime Minister Theresa May,... See more

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