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.
Oct 31 2014
By Aidan Flax-Clark, Guest Blogger
Oct 31 2014
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.
Oct 30 2014
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.
Oct 29 2014
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.
Oct 28 2014
By Jim Whitehead, Guest Blogger
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.
Oct 24 2014
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.
Oct 23 2014
By Institute Staff
America currently has an estimated 6.7 million "opportunity youth:" young people between the ages of 16 to 24 in the US who are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market.
Oct 22 2014
By Laurie Mazur, Guest Blogger
Policymakers typically address issues like climate, food security, development, and reproductive health separately. But that is not how those issues are experienced by women in developing countries.
Oct 21 2014
Having spent almost 50 years in libraries, I am so proud of how libraries have reinvented themselves over time — embraced technology in the automation of professional processes and service delivery, put the library user at the center of all we do, and become a vital partner in the life of communities.
Oct 21 2014
As the world becomes increasingly connected — and complicated — it is critical that we harness the power of multi-stakeholder collaborations where they are needed. Unfortunately, even in the areas where we know we need to work together, the process of building effective partnerships is riddled with challenges.