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Today is Earth Day, a celebration in sustaining the environment and producing clean energy. From the inventor of "Nest," the innovative thermostat that allows users to manage energy consumption from virtually anywhere, to learning how to deal with natural disasters, the Institute has welcomed energy and environment experts and leaders to discuss these issues at length.

What a beautiful answer to the bad guys. Meb Keflezigh, an American who came to the US from Eritrea at age 12, crossed the finish line first, the first American to win the Boston Marathon in 30 years, and the second fastest time ever in the race from Hopkinton in the suburbs to Boylston Street in downtown Boston.

Will Bitcoin and other insurgent currencies on the market reinvent commerce? This and other questions are addressed in “The Weightless Marketplace: Coming to Terms with Innovative Payment Systems, Digital Currencies and Online Labor Markets,” a just-released report that I wrote for the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. The report distills the more salient points raised at the three-day 2013 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Information Techonology (also known as InfoTech) last August, which brought together leading players in banking, financial services, and online labor platforms.
How and why does daycare cost more than college in dozens of states? What will it take for new grads to conquer the gender pay gap? What are some of the most innovative techniques for disease control? Programs at the Aspen Institute have been scouring their respective issue areas to find and share the most insightful and informative links to answer these questions, and more.

Scroll down to see tweets from across the Institute this week about what's topical right now. Follow our @AspenInstitute list on Twitter for updates and to keep up with each program's events, video, and experts, and let us know what you're reading in the comments section below.

On April 21st, Andrew McAfee, MIT Center for Digital Business principal research scientist, will join the Institute in Washington, DC, to discuss his new book "The Second Machine Age: Work Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies" as part of the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series. The live-streamed discussion is scheduled for 12:15pm and will feature Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson. In advance of the event, the Aspen Idea blog checked in with McAfee to get his predictions about how the advanced technology revolution will change the work force, the economy, and our lives.
"When we talk about race... there's a divide when it comes to home ownership and the creation of wealth," said Mark Hugo Lopez, director of Hispanic research at the Pew Research Center. With US economic inequality at an all-time high, the issue of housing as it relates to racial disparity was recently discussed during a panel at the 2014 State of Race Symposium at the Newseum in Washington, DC.
Filed in Blog Topics: Communications and Society Program
Recently, cellist and 2013 Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Yo-Yo Ma and dancer and Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel visited Detroit Public Schools’ Spain Elementary-Middle School to stage an Arts Strike, a dialogue between artists and communities first piloted in 2010 by Woetzel and Ma.
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Institute Arts Program, Aspen Arts Strategy Group

What keeps many academically successful, low-income students from going to college? (Hint: It's not the cost.) What can Disney Pixar teach us about creativity in the workplace? How will climate change impact global food security? Programs at the Aspen Institute have been scouring their respective issue areas to find and share the most insightful and informative links to answer these questions, and more.

Scroll down to see tweets from across the Institute this week about what's topical right now. Follow our @AspenInstitute list on Twitter for updates and to keep up with each program's events, video, and experts, and let us know what you're reading in the comments section below.

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