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The 2014 Washington Ideas Forum gathered creative thinkers to consider our national identity, politics, and culture. We sat down with four of these experts, who specialize in sports, education, energy, and government, and gave you a chance to ask them questions. Here's what they said.
Filed in Blog Topics: 2014 Washington Ideas Forum, Washington Ideas Forum
ISIS has captured the attention of the world, in part because of the dexterity with which it juggles modern technology, but it is technology that will undo the organization in the end. The world needs to invest in entrepreneurs in addition to airstrikes; for it is innovation that will save the region.
Filed in Blog Topics: Middle East Programs, ISIS, innovation
On this Election Day, as voters cast ballots in local, state, and national elections, what's at stake for Americans? We asked several of our program directors to weigh in on today's elections and how the results will impact everyday Americans.
Filed in Blog Topics: Election 2014
At a recent panel, three global health experts said the solution may lie in part in giving Africa a larger leadership role in managing its own battle against Ebola.
Filed in Blog Topics: Ebola, Aspen Global Health and Development
The story of creative placemaking begins with the birth of ArtPlace America. Rocco Landesman, a successful Broadway producer, makes the unlikely pitch of himself as chairman for the NEA in 2009 and gets the job. Once presiding over the NEA, Landesman is determined to show that fundraising for the arts doesn’t have to be an act of begging but rather one of receiving payment for vital services — that the arts are as important a part of community development as anything else.
Filed in Blog Topics: ArtPlace, Aspen Institute Arts Program
How is the US failing millennials? What are the origins of subway dancing? Is ISIS' loss Iran's gain? 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
Day Two of the Washington Ideas Forum featured conversations with US Secretary of State John Kerry, US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, “Americanah” Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and others.
Filed in Blog Topics: 2014 Washington Ideas Forum
The sixth annual Washington Ideas Forum has drawn together dozens of policy makers, business leaders, and top journalists for a series of in-depth interviews about the direction of the country and its place in the world. We offer a look at the conversations — on and off the stage —from Day One.
Filed in Blog Topics: 2014 Washington Ideas Forum
Only through a large-scale mobilization and engagement between the medical community and those involved with youth sports will the risks become better understood, prevention rise, and treatment improve.
Filed in Blog Topics: Sports & Society
Why is one retailer paying its employees nearly twice the industry average? How can the US improve its meat and poultry inspection process? What can Ebola teach us about the failures of the global aid system? 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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