At a recent Aspen Institute event featuring a discussion about Dr. Atul Gawande's new book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” Gawande makes us question how physicians and the medical field should go about treating terminally ill patients. Medicine has come a long way to significantly increase survival rates and allow patients to live longer. But should we instead focus on making sure patients are living meaningful lives to the very end?
Nov 07 2014
By Alice Lee
Nov 06 2014
The 2014 Washington Ideas Forum gathered creative thinkers to consider our national identity, politics, and culture. We sat down with four of these experts, who specialize in sports, education, energy, and government, and gave you a chance to ask them questions. Here's what they said.
Nov 05 2014
ISIS has captured the attention of the world, in part because of the dexterity with which it juggles modern technology, but it is technology that will undo the organization in the end. The world needs to invest in entrepreneurs in addition to airstrikes; for it is innovation that will save the region.
Nov 04 2014
By Institute Staff
On this Election Day, as voters cast ballots in local, state, and national elections, what's at stake for Americans? We asked several of our program directors to weigh in on today's elections and how the results will impact everyday Americans.
Nov 03 2014
By Andrew Quinn, Guest Blogger
At a recent panel, three global health experts said the solution may lie in part in giving Africa a larger leadership role in managing its own battle against Ebola.
Oct 31 2014
By Aidan Flax-Clark, Guest Blogger
The story of creative placemaking begins with the birth of ArtPlace America. Rocco Landesman, a successful Broadway producer, makes the unlikely pitch of himself as chairman for the NEA in 2009 and gets the job. Once presiding over the NEA, Landesman is determined to show that fundraising for the arts doesn’t have to be an act of begging but rather one of receiving payment for vital services — that the arts are as important a part of community development as anything else.
Oct 31 2014
How is the US failing millennials? What are the origins of subway dancing? Is ISIS' loss Iran's gain? 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.
Oct 30 2014
Day Two of the Washington Ideas Forum featured conversations with US Secretary of State John Kerry, US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, “Americanah” Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and others.
Oct 29 2014
The sixth annual Washington Ideas Forum has drawn together dozens of policy makers, business leaders, and top journalists for a series of in-depth interviews about the direction of the country and its place in the world. We offer a look at the conversations — on and off the stage —from Day One.
Oct 28 2014
By Jim Whitehead, Guest Blogger
Only through a large-scale mobilization and engagement between the medical community and those involved with youth sports will the risks become better understood, prevention rise, and treatment improve.