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Society of Fellows members recently gathered for a discussion on the pressing debate over the Common Core Standards Initiative and general education reform in Aspen, CO. The following day featured a symposium to further discuss questions resulting from the debate on the Common Core a set of math and English guidelines students must show proficiency in before passing each grade level.
Filed in Blog Topics: Common Core, Education and Society Program, Society of Fellows
As disruption was a major theme at the 2014 Aspen Action Forum, one panel focused on what it takes to upset the divisive US political system of today to make room for a more representative — and inclusive — Washington. Three such disruptors sat down with New York Times columnist Anand Girdharadas to share their perspectives on what's wrong with the nation today and how the government can fix it.
Filed in Blog Topics: 2014 Aspen Action Forum
At the 2014 Aspen Action Forum, former US Secretary of State and Aspen Institute Trustee Madeleine Albright recently sat down with Aspen Global Leadership Network Fellows from Panama, Lebanon, China, and South Africa in a wide-ranging discussion on US and international politics.
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Why should failure be your muse? What's the definition of disruptive leadership? And what are five big ideas that can change the world as we know it? 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 a society where rewards are both ubiquitous and strongly desired, in the end, does offering incentives help or hurt us? In a featured talk at the 2014 Aspen Action Forum, Harvard University government Professor and author Michael Sandel took on the idea of incentivization: the advantages and disadvantages of providing incentives, how it can impact one's moral and civil compass, and the effect of its influence in education.
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The theme of this year's Aspen Action Forum is disruptive leadership, and Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson opened the event with a strong message on the subject: human connection — and a connection back to the arts and humanities — is the true end goal.
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Mindlessness is a pervasive issue we all experience, according to social psychologist and Harvard University professor Ellen Langer. "Virtually all of us, almost all of the time, are not there," she said at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, CO. And, she said, this matters because "all of our suffering — personal, interpersonal, societal — is a function, directly or indirectly, of this mindlessness."
Filed in Blog Topics: Murdock Mind
The US Constitution is an imperfect document, and democracy is a work in progress, US Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy told an Aspen, CO, audience recently at a public forum hosted by the Aspen Institute Justice and Society Program. And it’s up to the people to carry forward the aspirations of the United States’ founding document and the freedoms and responsibilities of the society it supports.
Filed in Blog Topics: Justice and Society program
The second annual Aspen Action Forum taking place July 29-August 1. This four-day program assembles some of world's most entrepreneurial leaders, pulling largely from the Aspen Institute’s flagship Henry Crown Fellowship Program -- or one of the 13 leadership initiatives it has inspired at home and around the world. They are joined by other invited guests who are equally committed to positively impacting people’s lives.
The 2014 Aspen Security Forum brought together top military brass, intelligence officials, and ambassadors to discuss hot button issues in international affairs, and possible solutions to make way towards more peaceful relations between nations.
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