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The Aspen Challenge — launched by the Aspen Institute and the Bezos Family Foundation — provides a platform, inspiration, and tools for young people to design solutions to some of the world's most critical problems by engaging with leading global visionaries, artists, and en

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From Russian security strategies during the Olympics in Sochi, to the educational value of the popular video game Minecraft, to a six-word memoir backstory contest, Aspen Institute programs have been scouring their respective issue areas to find and share the most insightful and informative links with their Twitter followers.

Scroll down to see tweets from across the Institute with links to 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.

A new online tool gives you a closer look at the fascinating work of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) Fellows. Profiles of the more than 1,700 AGLN Fellows from 46 countries, and their projects, are now available to be viewed by everyone, instead of being limited to members. 

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At a recent Aspen Institute Justice & Society Program event in Washington, DC, law professor Sheldon Krantz said the legal profession is at a pivotal moment in history. (Photo Credit: Steve Johnson)

A few weeks ago, my wife was out having a drink with a group of friends after work. She mentioned that her loving husband — yours truly — was back at home working on law school applications. “Wow. … There are people who still think that’s a good career choice?” a friend-of-a-friend blurted out. “I mean, honestly, have you seen the statistics?” 

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A panel of veteran and aspiring playwrights and performing artists gathered for a fireside chat in Aspen, Colorado, recently to discuss the primordial question: Where do ideas come from?

Led by Julia Hansen, artistic director of Aspen’s acclaimed Theater Masters, the panel included Robert LuPone and Andrew Leynse, award-winning veteran artistic directors of the New York theater community, plus eight MFA students and one high school student who won Theater Masters’ national playwriting competition. It was the eighth year that the Aspen Institute has provided a public forum for the playwrights — and the only discussion-based event of Theatre Masters’ annual playwrights festival.

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Poet Richard Blanco, the fifth inaugural poet in US history, speaks at a recent Aspen Writers' Foundation Winter Words event in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo Credit: Daniel Bayer)

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From kids' involvement in sports, to climate change and entrepreneurship, Aspen Institute programs have been scouring their respective issue areas to find and share the most insightful and informative links with their Twitter followers.

Scroll down to see tweets from across the Institute with links to 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.

From large corporations to small nonprofits, professionals know that making smart investments in their workforce can pay dividends. The microenterprise industry is no different. Unfortunately, for many organizations providing public goods or services, strapped budgets and limited staffing often means that the "luxuries" of things like staff development simply have to take a back seat.

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