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During Day Three of the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, civic engagement, especially for the millennial generation, was at the forefront of the discussion for several speakers and moderators.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky doesn’t view his big idea as a radical disruption — in fact, he doesn’t like the term “disruption” at all — but rather a return to how people interacted in a time before big businesses and corporations. In conversation with at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy Program Fellow Jennifer Bradley, Chesky discussed his thoughts on the sharing economy and a return to how humans used to do business. “Maybe hotels disrupted what we were doing in the first place,” Chesky said.
Fest 1 of the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival has brought more insights and inspirations to the Aspen Institute campus, many of which are being circulated and shared on social media. Here are the latest takeaways from the first three days of the festival that have resonated most with audiences at the festival and beyond.
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At the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, historian and former Guns & Ammo columnist Dick Metcalf sat down for a fiery discussion on guns with National Journal Editorial Director Ron Brownstein. Metcalf made headlines late last year when his long-time career at Guns & Ammo came to an end after a piece he wrote about the line between firearm regulation and the 2nd Amendment.
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During a conversation with IDEO partner Fred Dust at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, fellow partner and Creative Confidence author Tom Kelley suggested that all humans have a natural ability to develop creative ideas.
What will America’s cities look like in 2024? Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Bloomberg Associates Principal Janette Sadik-Khan, Brookings Institute Vice President Bruce Katz, Speck and Associates Principal Jeff Speck joined Atlantic CityLab Editor Sommer Mathis at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss the changing face of America’s cities.
At the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and two former Congressmen — now Aspen Institute directors — attempted to offer solutions to Washington's perennial issue of political divisiveness and a lack of collaboration for the greater good.
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Entering its 10th year, the Aspen Ideas Festival has once again gathered some of the most interesting thinkers and leaders from around the world to share their ideas, innovations, and inspirations. This year, the uniting theme for the Festival is to look forward and imagine 2024.

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The 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival kicked off with a few of the more than 350 speakers offering their big ideas for making the world a better place by 2024. Why a decade from now? Because the Festival is celebrating its own 10th anniversary this year with a bigger, better week of events than ever before.

The 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival kicked off with a few of the more than 350 speakers offering their big ideas for making the world a better place by 2024. Why a decade from now? Because the Festival is celebrating its own 10th anniversary this year with a bigger, better week of events than ever before.

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