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"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.
Filed in Blog Topics: Khan Academy, you can learn anything
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.
Filed in Blog Topics: business and society program, Market Basket
What is the way forward to bring a peaceful resolution to the conflicts in the Middle East region? How should the US get involved — or should we get involved at all? 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival panelists, including Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Vice President of Studies Marwan Muasher, New America President and CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter, and former Sen. George Mitchell tackled this topic and shared their persepctives on how to once and for all end the violence in the Middle East.
Filed in Blog Topics: Middle East
If poverty stunts brain growth, what does it mean for impoverished kids' futures? What impact does #iftheygunnedmedown and other hashtag activism have on society? And is it possible to be a good parent & a good CEO? 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
“The root cause of our fiscal situation in this country, and a lot of our cultural problems, is the size, the scope... all the intrusions of the federal government in our lives,” said Johnson.
Filed in Blog Topics: Hurst Lecture Series, Sen. Ron Johnson
Foreign policy expert and Brookings Institute President Strobe Talbott and former US Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter joined the Fellows to offer their thoughts on the situation. Both Talbott and Carter seemed confident that Russian President Vladimir Putin has a predictably expansionist approach regarding Ukraine and remains entangled in misguided perceptions about what’s best for Russia’s modern society.
Filed in Blog Topics: Society of Fellows, Ukraine
The United Nations spent an unprecedented sum of more than $22 billion on humanitarian relief in 2013. With global issues becoming increasingly complex, transformational change for countries plagued by political strife or natural disaster can only be achieved with a long-term view for global development.
Filed in Blog Topics: Global Health and Development, Helen Clark

Above, watch the full conversation among former US Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice and former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Russia.

Filed in Blog Topics: Russia, Ukraine, McCloskey Speaker Series
This year’s Forum will explore the tension of values among security, innovation, openness and privacy, as played out on Internet policies, and propose constructive recommendations for ensuring free expression, consumer choice, a secure country and a vibrant economy.
Filed in Blog Topics: Communications and Society Program, FOCAS
Over the weekend, the Society of Fellows celebrated its 50th Anniversary in Aspen, CO. Since its founding in 1964, the Society of Fellows has been a part of the Aspen Institute, helping it achieve its mission and create a close-knit community of donors.
Filed in Blog Topics: Society of Fellows

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