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Decades from now, historians and others will look back at 2015 as the year humans suddenly became self-aware of their planet. I say 2015 because we are not quite there yet — we are still pre-aware. However, next year, or very soon thereafter, the United States will finally join the rest of the world in becoming both aware of and responsible for our part in adding to the world's production of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and ensuing climate change.
Filed in Blog Topics: Energy and Environment Program
Here are five of many takeaways about writing — and life — that sprang from panel discussions during Aspen Summer Words, in the words of the writers themselves.
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Summer Words, Aspen Writer's Foundation
Who runs for political office? Does walking result in improved writing and thinking? And how will today's foreign policy challenges test President Barack Obama's military doctrine?
Filed in Blog Topics: What We're Reading
Times of crisis are opportunities to unite this country and press forward to address the structural deficiencies that are at the heart of our social and economic decay.
Filed in Blog Topics: Congressional Program
The Aspen Institute is pleased to name 10 community college finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, College Excellence Program
On the opening day for the National Football League’s 2014 regular season, Native American youth across the country have one message for the NFL: it is time for Native and race-based mascots to go away. Native American youth see the offensive name “Red***” plastered on t-shirts, hats, and national stadiums — a word that was defined in the dictionary long ago as a racial slur.
Filed in Blog Topics: Center for Native American Youth
After a period of activity aimed at reforming New York’s schools under the leadership of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, many wondered how the transition to Mayor Bill de Blasio would affect the city’s students. Two Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows discuss the changes in New York City’s public schools and how communities around the country may be able to learn from New York’s experience.
Filed in Blog Topics: Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows, aspen global leadership network
Over the last few months the world has reacted with outrage to the tragic stories of unaccompanied immigrant children — mostly from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador — fleeing across the Mexico border into the US. We asked four Aspen Global Leadership Network Fellows, each with a different vantage point on this crisis, to answer the following question: From your perspective, what should be done to address the Central American child migrant crisis in the US?
Filed in Blog Topics: aspen global leadership network
What's stopping companies from training their employees? Does social media censor, rather than spur debate? How dangerous is ISIS to the US? 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.
Filed in Blog Topics: What We're Reading
In this country, we believe in the value of work. Hard work is a prerequisite to economic success, and it is also held up as a virtue in itself. The American ideal is that if you work hard and save then you should be able to pay your bills and take care of yourself and your family. In other words, you should not be poor. The ways in which we organize work, however, may work against that ideal.
Filed in Blog Topics: Economic Opportunities Program, sharing economy

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