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Select video and audio from Spotlight Health and the Aspen Ideas Festival. All video and audio is from 2017.
There are any number of pressures on corporate leaders to take the fast lane to profitability, starting with shareholder demands. Increasingly, however, CEOs are taking a longer view of management and its broader stakeholder responsibility, and making calls that might risk profit in favor of doing the “right thing” for society by virtue of the value systems their firms and institutions represent. How do leaders give voice to broader values today?
Can companies determined to support solutions to some of society’s larger dilemmas make the kinds of returns that Wall Street — which judges bottom-line performance above all — happy? Yes. Take a cue from Capricorn Investment Group, born from a belief that values-based, sustainable investment practices can enhance return rates.
Perhaps it is because of her exceptional, inspiring approach to linking geography, environment, and community in her work that Chicago architect Jeanne Gang is one of the most celebrated architects in her adopted city of Chicago. Touted as being bold, ingenious, and courageous in her work, Gang employs the best of nature and sustainable practice throughout the structures she creates, whether for museums, boardwalks, or skyscraping apartments.
Richard Besser recently assumed the role of president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. A pediatrician, Besser served most recently as ABC News’s chief health and medical editor and was previously acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He will continue RWJF’s commitment to building a Culture of Health to meet today’s pressing challenges.
The colorful story behind the latest energy bonanza in this red state is the story of entrepreneurs, environmentalists, ranchers, and politicians of all stripes who developed public policy that unleashed Texas’s renewable growth. Long known for oil and gas, Texas is dominated by a conservative legislature and governor’s office. But politics is local, business is business, and perception is not always reality.
What are the drivers of economic growth and opportunity in a changing world, given tectonic shifts in the markets, political leadership and priorities, consumer spending patterns, innovation, and demographics?
After you've achieved success, what comes next?
Every new president finds it challenging to adjust to the role of commander in chief. President Trump, the quintessential outsider, has had a distinctive transition experience, made all the more unusual by the prominence given to active and retired senior military officers in key political appointments. What are the civil-military challenges the Trump administration must overcome, and how well is it managing them?
What’s the state of this historically fraught relationship? Do today’s politics and rhetoric around the Middle East, immigration, and national security constitute a unifying force, or a divisive one? Are we entering a time of particular challenge, or one of opportunity?
New York Times best-selling author Susan Orlean says ignorance about a subject is a powerful ignitor of curiosity. As someone who has written about bullfighters, orchid fanatics, and an African king who drives a taxi in New York City, she knows a thing or two about delving into far-flung topics. How can we learn to take in the world as an enthusiast and as a curious person? It’s especially important for writers, she says, but it’s more a state of mind than a professional tool.
Hear Saketh Guntupalli talk about his new book, Sex and Cancer: Intimacy, Romance and Love After Diagnosis and Treatment. The seeds of this work were planted at Spotlight Health two years ago, when Guntupalli participated in a conversation about flibanserin, then a newly approved drug nicknamed “Viagra for women.” A gynecologic oncologist, Guntupalli realized the drug might be of interest to women with cancer, and launched a clinical trial in that population soon afterwards.
Health consumers are increasingly using wearable technology to track and analyze their behavior, and social media to exchange experiences with their peers. Ready access to electronic health records and countless medical websites, some reliable and some not, add to the buckets of information within their reach.
World-renowned choreographer Alonzo King, and four artists from his international touring company, demonstrate “what the body is” and how ideas can be communicated through physical language. They offer new insights into artistic obsession and the emphasis on the mind and the heart dancing the bodily instrument.
The 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival closes out with notable speakers and final thoughts.
We love the convenience of living online. But we want more control over where our personal information goes and who can see it. Manoush Zomorodi, creator of the Privacy Paradox experiment on WNYC’s “Note to Self,” along with ProPublica senior reporter Julia Angwin and tech entrepreneur and writer Anil Dash, illuminate practical ways to reign in control of your personal data.
In his remarkable book, The Third Wave, AOL founder and tech leader Steve Case describes how we are moving beyond the internet as a communications tool to an era where it will be the hub of all we do. This “internet of everything” will create a level of connectivity that will allow forward-thinking entrepreneurs to reshape every major sector in society.
One of the most effective ways to break the cycle of poverty is to invest in children and families in the earliest years. How do we apply groundbreaking research on children's and parents’ health and educational attainment to ensure that the next generation is poised to transform and maintain America's role in the world? Nobel Prize winner James Heckman and early childhood entrepreneur Jackie Bezos share perspectives.
Dip into a groundbreaking medical memoir by Kurt Newman, president and CEO of Children’s National Medical Center and one of the leading pediatric surgeons in the United States. Newman spotlights resilient children and the medical professionals dedicated to their care, describes innovative therapies on the horizon, and issues a heartfelt call to give greater priority to pediatric medicine.
Bill Gates portends doomsday is coming. Stephen Hawking says we should prepare for our robot overlords to take their thrones. But is the future as glaring as Hal’s red eye? Or is it more complicated than that? What does a future powered by algorithms and big intelligence mean for our lives? What are game-changing developments made possible by AI? What promises do these technologies hold? With responsible R&D, might we be looking at an application that can better the world?
Our social nature is a major driver of our creativity: We constantly strive to engage and surprise each other, our inventiveness giving us reasons to tune in. Drawing on The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World, the book he co-authored with neuroscientist David Eagleman, composer Anthony Brandt takes us inside Beethoven’s string quartets to examine what makes classical music such a vivid and compelling model of creative thinking.