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Timed for the kickoff of the recent 2014 Aspen Action Forum, Aspen Institute Fellows took to The Huffington Post-Aspen Institute channel and LinkedIn to discuss some of the major themes they explored at the Forum, such as disruption and innovation.

Filed in Blog Topics: 2014 Aspen Action Forum, innovation, disruption
Social media and other digital information tools have had a chilling effect on democracy in some troubled parts of the world, according to a panel of public diplomacy experts speaking at the Aspen Institute as part of the Hurst Lecture Series.
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Improving the education system by expanding early education and making higher education more diverse and more affordable is America’s best bet at producing a competitive workforce for the future, a panel of Democratic governors said recently at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, CO.
Filed in Blog Topics: McCloskey Speaker Series
I've been struggling with getting my thoughts out — writing, deleting, and re-writing — since I know that what I have to say may upset my Israeli and Palestinian friends alike, as well as their respective supporters. It seems that most people on either side have lost the emotional ability and space to recognize the humanity and suffering of the other.
Filed in Blog Topics: Gaza, Israel
Every young American should be afforded the opportunity and expectation to complete a service year, explains a new video launched by the Aspen Institute Franklin Project. That's the same big idea that drew 300 leaders from across the country's public, private, and civic institutions to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (the location for the short film). Noted individuals in the media and service-related fields — including Franklin Project Chair and Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal — came together both at the event and in the video for a frank discussion about the importance of national service participation in the US.
Filed in Blog Topics: Summit at Gettysburg, Franklin Service Project
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.
Filed in Blog Topics: 2014 Aspen Action Forum

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