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As Spotlight: Health kicks off on Tuesday, June 24, we are also looking forward to Aspen Ideas Festival launching Friday, June 27. Every year, more than a handful of speakers are also best-selling authors.

Why are megafires in the West becoming so commonplace? What happens when ennui is used as a political strategy? Is access to higher education the economic and moral issue of our time? 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
On June 18, the US Patent and Trademark Office canceled the Washington Redskins’ trademark registration. This is an exciting announcement for the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY), whch has been active in advocating against this racist name.
Filed in Blog Topics: Washington Redskins, Center for Native American Youth, Native Americans
The Huffington Post teamed up with The Aspen Institute First Movers Fellowship to publish a blog series focused on the growing importance of social intrapreneurs — a term used to describe change-agents within organizations, large and small, who are fusing business success with positive social and environmental impacts — and the value they add to their organizations and society.
Filed in Blog Topics: business and society program, First Movers Fellowship
Columbia Law School Professor Tim Wu is a pioneer of the highly-publicized net neutrality principle — a phrase he coined — which asserts that all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should treat data within their networks the same. He recently spoke about neutrality at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC.
Filed in Blog Topics: Communications and Society Program, net neutrality
The Summit convened national service leaders in conversation about how to improve the level of and diversity of volunteerism among young people in the US. 
Filed in Blog Topics: Franklin Project, Summit at Gettysburg, national service

The Aspen Summer Words Festival, hosted by The Aspen Writers' Foundation, launched on June 13. The five-day retreat featured an exciting lineup of speakers and writing workshops.

Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Summer Words
What is the biggest economic threat to women? What is likely to come of the recently released members of the "Taliban 5?" How can investment banks help to boost impact investing? 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

Filed in Blog Topics: Economic Opportunities Program, work, unemployment, Maureen Conway
The changing landscape of the digital age poses a unique set of challenges and opportunities for artists, collectors, and curators. With the proliferation of digital tools and social media, art is now more accessible, but at what cost? What is the value in something that is infinitely reproducible? When does the promotion of art via social media become art itself? What happens to a digital work of art once its platform is rendered outdated by technological advances? And is there an actual, existential meaning to the ‘selfie’?
Filed in Blog Topics: Art, Aspen Across America

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