Over the last few months the world has reacted with outrage to the tragic stories of unaccompanied immigrant children — mostly from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador — fleeing across the Mexico border into the US. We asked four Aspen Global Leadership Network Fellows, each with a different vantage point on this crisis, to answer the following question: From your perspective, what should be done to address the Central American child migrant crisis in the US?
Sep 02 2014
Aug 29 2014
What's stopping companies from training their employees? Does social media censor, rather than spur debate? How dangerous is ISIS to the US? 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.
Aug 29 2014
In this country, we believe in the value of work. Hard work is a prerequisite to economic success, and it is also held up as a virtue in itself. The American ideal is that if you work hard and save then you should be able to pay your bills and take care of yourself and your family. In other words, you should not be poor. The ways in which we organize work, however, may work against that ideal.
Aug 28 2014
The discharge of American Dr. Kent Brantly from Liberia once he was stricken with Ebola and flown to the US and treated with an experimental drug — even as his colleague was being buried on the other side of the globe — illustrates that tackling the Ebola outbreak needs more than medication. Why would the drug work in America but not in Africa?
Aug 27 2014
Nearly 100 years later, an early victory for the rights of those accused of crimes in a racially-charged atmosphere continues to resonate. The St. Louis County community should allow the judicial process to proceed without coercion. Equal justice under the law means that no court should be asked to perform its duties in the teeth of an angry crowd demanding a particular result.
Aug 26 2014
By Barbara Dills, Guest Blogger
Award-winning author and editor Hannah Tinti just concluded three weeks as the August Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s Writer in Residence. Tinti spent her residency in Aspen, CO, polishing the final draft of her latest novel, whose working title is "The Twelve Bullets of Samuel Holly." While in Aspen, Tinti read a chapter from that draft and shared details about her experience as a resident writer.
Aug 25 2014
As the summer comes to an end and children return to school, we've gone through our archives to share four perspectives on education. Watch the video clips, featuring some of the country's education leaders and experts, as they discuss the US education system now and in the future, what's lacking, and the importance of cultural education.
Aug 22 2014
What can we learn about ourselves from being rated? What can be done to address the hunger crisis in America's colleges? Should the US go to war with the Islamic State? 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.
Aug 21 2014
"Nobody is born smart, we all start at zero," said Khan Academy founder and newly appointed Institute Trustee Sal Khan in a video aimed at dispelling the notion that intelligence is an innate trait. The video is part of the Khan's #YouCanLearnAnything campaign, which also features experts sharing research and tips on increasing your intelligence, as well as personal stories of success after setbacks and rejections.
Aug 19 2014
Far from being a regional business story, the fate of this feuding family's grocery store empire offers up a compelling case study about the purpose of business, the potential to rethink the sclerotic state of labor-management relations, and the obligations of family members and insiders to their employees when considering whether to "sell out" to private equity.