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“Government used to be able to drive how citizens interface with them — that’s not how it works anymore.”
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Community Programs

As we close out the year, we reflect on some of the many highlights from summer and fall at the Aspen Institute. WATCH:

Despite the busy schedules and events happening in our offices across the country, we still make time to sit down and enjoy a good book. With 2014 coming to a close, we asked our Aspen Institute colleagues to select their favorite books. Here are their handpicked recommendations, along with why these books topped their lists.
Hollywood is being rocked by the shockwaves of the illegal and dangerous cyber-attack on Sony Pictures. The tremendous focus on this attack wrapped up Hollywood in questions of geopolitics, businesses, and society in the digital age. In the media zeal to cover the issue we should not forget the ability to create and distribute entertainment product is one of America's most powerful cultural and economic engines.

Today we start the first of two days highlighting our favorite ten ideas from the Five Best Ideas of the Day so far. We launched in late June of this year and have published 124 lists. That's 620 ideas.

Civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis is this year’s recipient of the Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership. During the awards ceremony, Lewis talked with NPR’s Michel Martin about why racism still exists within American society, saying there is “a deliberate, almost systematic attempt to sweep the issue of race under the American rug.” However, Lewis expressed confidence in today’s youth to keep pushing for a post-racial society.
What was the state of Africa in 2014? Why is inequality missing from the narrative about the sharing economy? Is 2015 the year of Bitcoin? 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
Hawn’s MindUP program, a social and emotional literacy curriculum and training program, serves over 400,000 children in schools across the United States and internationally. Created to help children deal with the stressors in their lives, it’s based on four pillars: learning about the neurology of the brain, taking “brain breaks” to help focus and quiet the mind, integrating mindfulness practices in a classroom curriculum, and teaching perspective.
Together with New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger, the two Aspen Strategy Group members talked about how espionage is evolving in the WikiLeaks age and how Ignatius’s fiction often overlaps with the reality of his columns.
An estimated 80 million “sharers” in the US bought services from companies such as Uber and TaskRabbit last year.
Filed in Blog Topics: Economic Opportunities Program

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