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With the UN Climate Change Conference currently underway in Paris, Rachel Kyte, the World Bank Group’s special envoy for climate change, and Larry Brilliant, chairman of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, explain how global warming affects us all—and why now is the time to take action.
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Ideas Festival
Four-star Ret. General Stanley McChrystal explains why universal national service would not only enhance the lives of those serving, but would also bolster political and defense systems in the United States.
Filed in Blog Topics: Franklin Project
The Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute seeks outstanding high school juniors and educators for a powerful leadership development and scholarship opportunity to attend the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, CO.
Filed in Blog Topics: Bezos Scholars Program
At the “Investing in Early Childhood Education in America: 50 Years After Head Start" panel discussion held earlier this year, key players in early childhood education — including Jackie Bezos of the Bezos Family Foundation, George Kaiser of BOK Financial, and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick — discussed the importance of early cognitive development, and ways to improve upon the landmark Head Start legislation.
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Across America
Aspen Across America visited Monticello and the University of Virginia to gain insight into Thomas Jefferson's impact and legacy. Through learning about the Founding Father's horticultural affinities, obsessive writings, and intellectual pursuits, the group uncovered how Jefferson's private life fueled his vision for the Early Republic.
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Across America
The Aspen Institute Summit on Inequality and Opportunity was a gathering dedicated to nonpartisan dialogue about the widening opportunity gap in the US. We convened 200+ of our nation's most important policy makers — including Vice President Joe Biden — thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and practitioners from all over the country for a day of ideas, problem solving, and values-based exchange.
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Summit on Inequality and Opportunity
This past week, in light of the Thanksgiving holiday, Aspen Institute Radio focused on food, including food safety regulations, the global food supply, and what "farm to table" actually means.
Filed in Blog Topics: Listen Longer
New Smithsonian secretary David Skorton is the first to admit that he "really [doesn't] know much about the museum world." But a lack of first-hand knowledge won't keep Skorton from making big changes to the 169-year-old museum and research complex. In a conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson at the Washington Ideas Roundtable, Skorton outlined his vision for updating the government institution into a twenty-first century marvel.
Filed in Blog Topics: Washington Ideas Roundtable Series
On the 100th anniversary of the Theory of Relativity, Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson talks Albert Einstein's creativity: Where did it come from, how was it reflected in his life, and what can we learn from it?
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Ideas to Go podcast
Could Africa be facing a meningitis A crisis? How has social media changed the White House? What’s causing wrongful prison convictions? 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

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