Select videos from the 2016 Spotlight Health (June 23 - 26) and the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival (June 26 - July 2).
Recent scientific research has shown that the human brain develops almost from conception to perform basic biological and cognitive functions, process emotions and memories, think and learn, and understand signals from the surrounding world. On the journey from fetus to young adult, the structures of the brain are altered by experience, attachments, trauma, and learning.
As the historic presidency of Barack Obama comes to a close, we consider how the future will view his leadership. Will economic recovery and health care victories at home be overshadowed by what many see as his failure to intervene meaningfully in conflicts abroad? Critics on the left wish the president had gone further to address climate change, immigration reform, and racial inequality, while critics on the right can’t find much of anything they’ll miss.
The 3rd annual Spotlight Health is a deep-dive into issues around health, and it’s a momentous time for health. It’s becoming easier to alter human genes, and the Zika epidemic continues to impact an increasing number of people. What’s being done to detect and respond to outbreaks like Zika? Are we combining science with values, and technology with humanity? How is planetary health impacting human health?
The central tenet of the American dream is the idea that if you work hard, you can succeed. Success is usually measured by financial stability, the ability to support a family, perhaps own some property, save for retirement, invest in the future opportunities of your children, and maybe afford to take a vacation once in a while. Middle-class America thrived for many years because hard work created a degree of wealth that allowed people to achieve these relatively modest goals.
Kids can be a mystery to their parents even at the best of times. But when they are dealing with serious illness, figuring out what they most care about, both physically and emotionally, becomes that much harder. Now, a panel of kids offers some answers. Listen to the voices of young people who have survived cancer and heart disease, lost limbs, or are facing a lifetime of chronic illness.
From her national community policing tour to help improve the relationship between local law enforcement and communities they serve, to transgender rights, to her bold stances on criminal justice reform, Attorney General Loretta Lynch epitomizes the Obama administration's end-of-tenure posture of not shying away from tough issues. Join us for this very special hour with the 83rd ― and the very first African American woman ― attorney general of the United States.
In times of financial crisis, we turn to national treasuries and central banks for solutions. The true power of these institutions, however, lies in their ability to prevent crises, not only economic, but also social and environmental.
Dr. J. Craig Venter, one of the pioneers in human genome sequencing, talks about coming opportunities to use genomics, advanced technology and machine learning to custom-tailor individual care and fundamentally alter the practice of medicine.
As they celebrate the 110th anniversary of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, which first regulated safety and labeling in the US, six former Commissioners of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) meet to talk about an agency with wide-ranging regulatory responsibilities. FDA has authority over many foods and virtually all drugs, devices, cosmetics, veterinary products, and tobacco, giving it jurisdiction over one in every four dollars the American consumer spends.
It’s been dismissed as a geeky fad, and exalted as the God Protocol. Among its supporters are futurists and cryptographers, venture capitalists and banks, governments and anarchists. Known by many as the backbone of bitcoin, blockchain technology promises to revolutionize the way financial institutions conduct transactions, and it's radically challenging how we think about the structure and activities of businesses more broadly.
Any city would be lucky to have an artist in its corner like 2016 Harman-Eisner Artist-in-Residence Theaster Gates, whose work embraces activism, cultural preservation, and community development. Since he began work on his now famed Dorchester Projects in 2009, Gates’s transformation of a once-neglected South Side neighborhood into a thriving cultural hub has yielded an enclave of buildings that offer an array of cultural programming, from gardening to youth art classes to Black Cinema.
Today, the common experience of citizenship in the United States is more important than ever. We’re more connected technologically, but we’re more isolated socially, and drifting apart from each other geographically, politically, economically, religiously, and culturally.
Esther Perel’s TED talks about fidelity have been watched more than 13 million times, and her book Mating in Captivity is a New York Times best-seller. Dan Savage’s syndicated sex advice column “Savage Love” has been a hit for 25 years, and his “Savage Lovecast” continues to top the podcasts charts ten years in.
We live in an interconnected world of volatility and disruption. Systems are linked in a web of dizzying and only partially visible complexity, and change in any one domain has a swift impact on many others.
Never before have we seen such an explosion of interest in our food--what's in it, who produced it, where it came from. Consumers are demanding purity and transparency. They want fresh food with limited processing—and convenience and creativity too. Fifty percent of us are eating alone, snacking is on the rise, and the family meal on the decline. And consumers are less loyal than ever. What does all this mean to traditional food companies?
While there are no ironclad rules for producing children who perform well in school, pursue healthy behavior, and work towards wise goals, there are proven strategies that can help. Lucky are those with natural talent, but some work suggests grit, perseverance, and pure stick-to-it-ness may matter even more. Research also highlights the value of finding meaningful life purpose.
Our signature event, the 2016 Afternoon of Conversation hosts an audience of more than 2,000 in the Benedict Music Tent. From criminal justice for the most vulnerable, to space exploration, to the changing Supreme Court, to artificial intelligence, and the state of the Grand Old Party, big thinkers and doers engage in serious ideas about their work and our collective future.
Headline news was made earlier this year when the detection of gravitational waves, caused by the collision of two black holes, was confirmed by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). And earlier this month, another ripple was detected! The observed ripples in the fabric of space-time validate a key prediction in Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity. One hundred years old, the theory continues to astonish scientists with how correct it is.
A reimagined capitalism requires a new kind of corporate leader—and a willingness to balance private incentives with public good. Today, a growing number of public company CEOs are going off the “shareholder value” script to communicate a new vision of why they exist and who they aim to serve. What can we learn from the purpose-driven CEO? What role will he or she play in reshaping capitalism?
2016 is the 225th anniversary of the adoption of the Bill of Rights. David Rubenstein, in conversation with Jeffrey Rosen, discusses the significance of the US Constitution’s first ten amendments, why they were adopted, and why they matter today.