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A new tool enabling healthcare researchers to collaborate on a global scale. How doing nothing can be a leadership trait. The five best ideas of the day. 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.
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Climate change: you either believe it's happening or you don't. And when it comes to energy, the divisive perspective on whether the US shale boom is a good thing — and whether the Obama administration's all-of-the-above approach is the best one — is still up for debate.
Filed in Blog Topics: 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival

Why not have a more creative way of dealing with convicted pols?

As the death toll from rocket fire and aerial offensives continues to rise in both Israel and Palestine — the aftermath of the abduction and murder of three Jewish teens, and the subsequent abduction and murder of a Palestinian teen — the path to an end to the recent violence remains unclear. In the midst of the uncertainty, former Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, spoke at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival with New York Times foreign affairs columnist Tom Friedman about the pathway to Palestinian statehood.
Filed in Blog Topics: 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, Salam Fayyad
When Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Dean Sally Blount's daughter wanted to take a gap year after high school and travel the world, Blount was hesitant. But when her daughter told her, "This is what the person I want to become would do," she changed her mind.
Filed in Blog Topics: 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival
Actress and Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Alfre Woodard thinks the creative impulses ought to be nurtured when children are young. In a conversation with Director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program Damian Woetzel, Woodard encouraged educators, parents, and other caretakers to learn to recognize artistic promise in children.
Filed in Blog Topics: 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival

As learners, young and old, increasingly use the Internet for learning purposes, issues arise that require new and creative solutions.

Filed in Blog Topics: Communications and Society Program
At the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, the Congressman and civil rights leader — who is the last remaining speaker from the 1963 March on Washington — reflected on his experience protesting during the Jim Crow era and offered his perspective on what's needed today to move the country forward on issues of human and civil rights.
Filed in Blog Topics: 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival
There are at least 212 data tracking companies that may have thousands of data points describing who you are as a consumer. Those same data points could be responsible for price disparities in online shopping or targeting for political mailers. With recent news that Facebook may have manipulated about 700,000 users as part of a study on emotions, the power of big data is front and center — in consumers’ minds, and at the Aspen Ideas Festival
Filed in Blog Topics: 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival
The 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival presented several discussions focused on the Middle East region in an effort to consider what the United States' role is and should be in resolving conflict there. Featuring international relations experts who have worked on these issues and studied them for years — some native to the region — here are some of their main points about how much the US should be involved in Syria, Iraq, and their neighbors now and in the future.
Filed in Blog Topics: 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival

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