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In every leader's journey, there is a moment, or a series of moments, that stand out — a miserable failure, a grand success, a total surprise. The magic in that experience is rarely just the moment itself, but most often the way in which each leader responded to it. It is that response that shapes a person’s approach to challenge and change forever after. Come hear ten of today’s most dynamic grassroots global health leaders describe the moments that defined them.

Featuring:
Minda Dentler, Gulrez Shah Azhar, Ngozi Erondu, Dixon Chibanda, Mercy Lung'aho, Courtney E. Martin, John Cary, Jamila Headley, Janet Midega, Bernard Olayo, Neo Tapela, Bakary Sidibe, Phyllis Omido

This provocative discussion between a psychologist and a journalist brings together two perspectives on the nature of evil — one that relies on psychological research, the other on interviews with followers of one of the most violent groups on earth.

Featuring:
Graeme Wood, Paul Bloom

Our drive to create makes us unique among living things. What is special about the human brain that enables us to innovate? Why don’t cows choreograph dances? Why don’t alligators invent speedboats? Drawing on their upcoming book, The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World, neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt examine the evolutionary tweaks that gave rise to our species’ imaginative gifts.

Featuring:
David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt

The Second City and Caring Across Generations have joined forces to develop a unique training program that strengthens the skills of caregivers through improvisational techniques and practices. Discover how it will work in an evening that offers stories, insights, and interactive experiences that reveal the power of collaborative communication.

Featuring:
Kelly Leonard, Anne Libera, Ai-jen Poo, David Leonhardt, Elizabeth Lesser

Against a backdrop of rising populism, weakening of traditional political parties, and a rejection of establishment politics in the United States and Europe, how are the twin political earthquakes of Trump’s election and Brexit remaking the world?

Featuring:
Michael Dimock, Alexander Betts, Yascha Mounk, Wendy Sherman, James Fallows,

Walter Isaacson is fascinated by innovators — the kinds of geniuses whose ideas have transformed industry, science, and society. Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Benjamin Franklin each grabbed his attention in ways that allow us, as readers, to discover the depth and breadth of their brilliant thinking and creative sensibilities. Now comes Leonardo da Vinci, whose boundless curiosity renders him perhaps the greatest creative genius of all time. Isaacson explains what he can teach us?

Featuring:
David Rubenstein, Walter Isaacson

Is the internet loosening our collective grasp on the truth, and if so, how do we solve it? Pioneers of digital news once argued that new online sources and lower barriers to entry would bring us new perspectives about the world. But many did not anticipate that the internet would destroy traditional media gatekeepers and give everyone a chance to indulge in news that confirms their preexisting ideas.

Featuring:
Susan Page, Campbell Brown, David Leonhardt, Joshua Johnson

In the past, popular movements have forced major industries to confront their need for ethical reform. But today’s media, policymakers, and activists don’t yet seem prepared to fix the tech sector’s problems. So how will reform happen? Why does tech need to be reformed? The short answer is, tech is changing everyone’s lives, but while there are many benefits of today’s tech that we love, there are significant new economic and social risks that tech companies are introducing to society.

Featuring:
Anil Dash, Rob Reich, Rebecca MacKinnon

Wharton professor Adam Grant and inspirational teacher Simon Sinek come together for a lively discussion and debate. They’ll cover what drives people at work, whether generational differences really make a difference, and the effects of the digital world on productivity and creativity.

Featuring:
Katie Couric, Adam Grant, Simon Sinek

Ambassador Wendy Sherman, lead negotiator of the Iran nuclear deal, shares takeaways from her experiences working the historic agreement. What does the Iran deal have to teach us about approaching today’s seemingly intractable conflicts?

Featuring:
Wendy Sherman, Jane Harman

Trust in civic, religious, and academic institutions is at an all-time low in America. But this phenomenon did not, as some Americans might believe, begin on November 7, 2016. It has been on the decline for decades, and while it has been falling, individualism and tribalism have been on the rise.

Featuring:
William Bishop, Mickey Edwards

Each day, 8,118 people across the United States receive health care through the doors of Planned Parenthood — roughly 2.5 million annually. Recent polls suggest Planned Parenthood is more popular than Congress; certainly across many polls, Planned Parenthood receives support from the majority of Americans.

Featuring:
Olga Khazan, Cecile Richards

After 40 years, the internet has begun to corrode, both itself and us. It is still a marvelous and miraculous invention, but now there are bugs in the foundation, bats in the belfry, and trolls in the basement. Nowadays, nobody can tell if you’re a troll. Or a hacker. Or a bot. Or a Macedonian teenager publishing a story that the Pope has endorsed Trump. This has poisoned civil discourse, enabled hacking, permitted cyberbullying, and made e-mail a risk.

Featuring:
Howard Shrobe, Milo Medin, Walter Isaacson, John Carlin

You seek lasting change. But is your foundation built for that purpose? Is the traditional grantmaking model up to the task? Some foundation leaders think not. Increasingly, they are considering ways to leverage all of their assets to achieve their philanthropic goals. Among the most daring, the FB Heron Foundation has committed all of its endowment capital to advancing its poverty-fighting mission.

Featuring:
Carrie Walton Penner, Clara Miller, Jane Wales, Allan Golston,

Many health systems are retooling to provide “patient-centered care,” defined by the Institute of Medicine as a partnership between providers and patients that respects individual preferences, needs, and values. The use of big data to individualize treatment, detect clinical trends, share best practices, and predict the risks of infection and drug side effects is also reshaping patterns of care. And shifting payment strategies inevitably exert an enormous influence on the delivery system.

Featuring:
Deborah DiSanzo, Kenneth L. Davis, David Holmberg, Margot Sanger-Katz

Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and other hatreds are thriving today, and nowhere are they more rampant, vitriolic, and dangerously unchecked than in cyberspace.

Featuring:
Pete Dominick, Jonathan Greenblatt

Clarence Jones was the person who secreted out the scraps of paper that Martin Luther King, Jr. used to write his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” He wrote part of King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, and he fought to have the transcripts of his FBI-taped conversations with the civil rights leader released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Featuring:
Clarence B. Jones, Michele Norris

As our society grapples with the ramifications of developments like machine learning and genetic testing, a surprising new generation of even more powerful technological advances is already brewing in labs. Researchers are teaming up with machines to create reasoning systems that reach beyond the mere correlations in data to understand the underlying causal mechanisms in extremely complex systems of every sort.

Featuring:
Arati Prabhakar

Oscar-winning filmmaker John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, All Is by My Side) is known for his uncompromising and thought-provoking work examining some of society’s most pressing issues: immigration, sex trafficking, slavery, and race relations, among others.

Featuring:
John Ridley

Are you woke? The Afternoon Jam Session brings together some of the nation’s leading young poets, Jookin’ innovator Lil Buck, writer/activist Yosimar Reyes, and more special guests for a spirited hour of cross-disciplinary performance, collaboration, and discussion. Lyrical, musical, and physical acrobatics will introduce ideas and issues central to this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival — from truth and identity to making it in the America we know.

Featuring:
Yosimar Reyes, Charles "Lil Buck" Riley, Damian Woetzel, Nkosi Nkululeko

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