Select videos from the 2016 Spotlight Health (June 23 - 26) and the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival (June 26 - July 2).
Are we witnessing a new era in American politics? Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says the 2016 election is unlike any he’s ever witnessed, characterized by rebellion against establishment politics in both parties.
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We’ve selected some of the brightest minds on the Ideas Festival stage to participate in an afternoon of Big Ideas for young people: an interactive afternoon that will include debates, performances, poetry, presentations and interactive sessions. We’ll tackle questions like how do non-conformists move the world? We’ll consider empowerment issues like how to use the Youth Voice to start a movement, and discuss why the young vote is so critical.
Drawing on his forthcoming book Sex and the Constitution, Geoffrey Stone traces the fascinating history of attitudes towards homosexuality, from the ancient Greeks and Romans through early Christianity and the Middle Ages, nineteenth-century America, the post-World War II Lavender Scare, and finally to the emergence of a gay rights movement in the age of Stonewall and AIDS.
The average American will spend a third of his or her life working. What is the secret to achieving happiness because of our work and not in spite of it? How can we make a job into a vocation? David Brooks and Arthur Brooks have both studied and written about these questions, and they argue that in all kinds of work the answer is to find meaning.
Featured Ideas Festival Scholars include Jessica Contreras, Saeed Jones, and Elizabeth Plank. Move over boomers. The millennials are now the largest living generation in the country, and they’ll make up about a third of eligible voters in the 2016 election. The most secular and diverse generation in American history, they helped carry Barack Obama into office in 2008, and voted overwhelmingly for him in 2012.
Published studies have documented the many physical and mental health benefits of meditation, including decreased pain, better immune function, less anxiety and depression, a heightened sense of well-being, and greater happiness and emotional self-control.
The path to lifelong health begins at birth. The early years are critical in supporting the development of healthy brains and bodies. In the first five years of life, the brain develops more rapidly than at any other time. By the age of three, a child’s brain will have formed well over a trillion brain connections.
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker joins Walter Isaacson to discuss the opportunities for growth inherent in the digital economy, as well as the challenges they present for both governments and businesses. How are we to make sense of the tectonic changes taking place in our labor markets? How can we ensure that our workforce will have the skills they need to succeed? Have we figured out how to safeguard our cybersecurity future?
While federal, state, and local lawmakers consider reforms that may lower our incarceration rates in the future, more than two million Americans live behind bars today. Many of them will be reentering society in the months and years to come, so what they experience while incarcerated matters to all of us. Will they become stable and productive members of society?
Featured Ideas Festival Scholar includes Carlos Pierre. Over the past several years, responsible investing has evolved from an alternative concept to a mainstream approach. Investors ranging from pension funds to large asset managers to individual investors are increasingly focused on integrating environmental, social, and governance factors into investment decision making.
One in nine people on Earth does not get enough food to lead a healthy, active life. Entrepreneurs, policymakers, and agricultural trendsetters are tackling hunger in new ways, engaging both the largest and smallest members of the food production chain. Framing the issue not only as a moral imperative, but also as a business opportunity, helps motivate multinational food companies. Farmers on the margins are being given tools to increase their yields and gain access to markets.
A successful life usually depends on making four major commitments: to a spouse or family, a faith or philosophy, a community, and a vocation. But how do we choose what we will commit to, and how do we execute those commitments? In later years, is it possible to launch a new booster stage with new or additional commitments? (Yes.) This will be another exploration of a life well lived.
Our nation’s founders envisioned a republic in which the people would be the ultimate source of power. However, a pervasive cultural narrative—across the right and the left—tells Americans it is pointless to participate in civic life, because the game is rigged and their voices just don’t matter. The Pluribus Project Narrative Collaboratory, a project of the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship and American Identity Program, is designed to change this.
The idea that investing in girls is the single most effective investment available to spur economic development and end global poverty has become a widely popular notion. And yet, what does investing in girls actually look like on the ground? What have we learned as of late about which kinds of investments for which kinds of girls in which kinds of settings have the biggest ROI?
Closing ceremony of Spotlight Health 2016
People are rightly concerned about the impact of Internet porn—on kids and teens, on young adults, on women, and on couples. How is it affecting our views of sex, gender, power, aggression, and bodies? While most parents don’t want their kids getting their sex ed from porn, how can parents prepare kids for the images they’ll see and the lessons they may learn? How can couples productively discuss one partner’s porn use if the other partner objects?
The mounting tension between privacy and security hit another inflection point when the FBI filed a suit against Apple earlier this year. Although the highest-profile case to date was dropped after the FBI was able to access the iPhone used by a San Bernardino shooter, the larger debate between technology firms and law enforcement authorities over data privacy and access remains.
Disaster in Syria and increasing instability in Iraq, Libya, and Yemen will continue to fuel a refugee crisis that is challenging the world, and in particular the European Union, whose future cohesion is anything but certain. Meanwhile, networked terrorists continue to wreak havoc around the globe, which by the way, is heating up. Cooling down? Oil prices and the Chinese economy, both to potentially destabilizing effect.
To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and his team study the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. We’ll debunk the most common nutrition myths and offer a science-backed blueprint for the average American to live another 12 quality years. What are the diet and lifestyle habits that keep people spry past age 100? What should you be eating to live a longer life?