The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series Featuring Andrew McAfee

April 21, 2014
Washington, DC

*This event is by invitation only.

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business, discussing his new book "The Second Machine Age: Work Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies" (WW Norton). 

About the Book:

In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies — with hardware, software, and networks at their core — will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human.

In "The Second Machine Age," MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee — two thinkers at the forefront of their field — reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. As the full impact of digital technologies is felt, we will realize immense bounty in the form of dazzling personal technology, advanced infrastructure, and near-boundless access to the cultural items that enrich our lives.

Amid this bounty will also be wrenching change. Professions of all kinds — from lawyers to truck drivers — will be forever upended. Companies will be forced to transform or die. Recent economic indicators reflect this shift: fewer people are working, and wages are falling even as productivity and profits soar.

Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. These include revamping education so that it prepares people for the next economy instead of the last one, designing new collaborations that pair brute processing power with human ingenuity, and embracing policies that make sense in a radically transformed landscape.

A fundamentally optimistic book, "The Second Machine Age" will alter how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic progress.

April 21, 2014
Washington, DC

*This event is by invitation only.

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business, discussing his new book "The Second Machine Age: Work Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies" (WW Norton). 

About the Book:

In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies — with hardware, software, and networks at their core — will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human.

In "The Second Machine Age," MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee — two thinkers at the forefront of their field — reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. As the full impact of digital technologies is felt, we will realize immense bounty in the form of dazzling personal technology, advanced infrastructure, and near-boundless access to the cultural items that enrich our lives.

Amid this bounty will also be wrenching change. Professions of all kinds — from lawyers to truck drivers — will be forever upended. Companies will be forced to transform or die. Recent economic indicators reflect this shift: fewer people are working, and wages are falling even as productivity and profits soar.

Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. These include revamping education so that it prepares people for the next economy instead of the last one, designing new collaborations that pair brute processing power with human ingenuity, and embracing policies that make sense in a radically transformed landscape.

A fundamentally optimistic book, "The Second Machine Age" will alter how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic progress.

April 21, 2014
Aspen, CO
In the second installment of Athens to Aspen, participants will explore six paired themes — perennial human themes which have shaped our world — as they have been taken up from Athens to Aspen from the ancient period to our contemporary age. Each of the following themes will receive three sessions of discussion, with texts drawn from different genres and different periods of human experience: ancient, medieval/renaissance, modern, and post-modern. Read More
April 23, 2014
Denver, CO

Invitation-only event: evening of cocktails and conversation with confirmed AIF speakers.

April 24, 2014 - April 27, 2014
Ronda, Spain

With a growing network abroad, the Socrates Program launched its first international seminars in 2012. The Socrates international seminars attract participants from both the host and neighboring countries, and the US. In addition to the intellectual exploration that characterizes the Aspen seminars, the weekends incorporate official meetings, tours, and activities to complement the seminar experience.

April 24, 2014
Washington, DC
Economic Opportunities Program

This is a closed event to discuss the Community College Workforce Consortium.

April 24, 2014
Wye River, MD

This event is by invitation only.

The Wye Fellows will join The Atlantic's Food Editor Corby Kummer in conversation to discuss the larger implications of the recently passed Farm Bill for the country, and for the Chesapeake Bay Region, in specific. Mr. Kummer will also speak about the current state of the obesity epidemic.

April 24, 2014 - April 27, 2014
Ronda, Spain
April 24, 2014
Grand Rapids, MI
Justice and Society Program

As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, and American society becomes increasingly diverse, we more frequently come into contact with people who have deeply held religious beliefs that differ from our own. Substantive disagreements between people of different faiths—and between people within the same general faith tradition—exist, and no amount of missionary activity or interfaith dialogue will erase them. How we manage these substantive disagreements will increasingly affect the well-being of our local communities and our nation.

What should interdenominational and interfaith interactions look like, particularly when both sides are deeply committed to their views? How can we, as Americans, positively engage our religious diversity in service of shared ideals and the common good? This moderated panel discussion will present Christian perspectives on the subject with a particular focus on higher education.

This event is free and open to the public. Register now!

Panelists:

Moderator:

  • Joseph DeMott, Project Manager, Justice & Society Program, Aspen Institute

April 28, 2014
Washington, DC
Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)

The Aspen Institute cordially invites you to a lunchtime conversation with John Ettinger, chief executive officer of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, moderated by Jane wales, vice president and executive director of the Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation.

April 29, 2014 - May 2, 2014
Manhasset, NY
Business and Society Program
The 2013 First Mover Fellows gather outside New York, NY for their third and final seminar. Read More
April 29, 2014
Washington, DC

*This event is by invitation only.

The Aspen Around Town Series will feature New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas discussing his new book "The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas" (W.W. Norton & Company). David Brooks, New York Times Op-ed columnist and author, will moderate.

This program is a part of the Aspen Around Town Series underwritten by Michelle Smith and the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.

About the Book: 

"The True American" tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who dreams of immigrating to America and working in technology. But days after 9/11, an avowed “American terrorist” named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan has found temporary work and shoots him, maiming and nearly killing him. Two other victims, at other gas stations, aren’t so lucky, dying at once.

"The True American" traces the making of these two men, Stroman and Bhuiyan, and of their fateful encounter. It follows them as they rebuild shattered lives—one striving on Death Row to become a better man, the other to heal and pull himself up from the lowest rung on the ladder of an unfamiliar country.

Ten years after the shooting, an Islamic pilgrimage seeds in Bhuiyan a strange idea: if he is ever to be whole, he must reenter Stroman’s life. He longs to confront Stroman and speak to him face to face about the attack that changed their lives. Bhuiyan publicly forgives Stroman, in the name of his religion and its notion of mercy. Then he wages a legal and public-relations campaign, against the State of Texas and Governor Rick Perry, to have his attacker spared from the death penalty.

Ranging from Texas’s juvenile justice system to the swirling crowd of pilgrims at the Hajj in Mecca; from a biker bar to an immigrant mosque in Dallas; from young military cadets in Bangladesh to elite paratroopers in Israel; from a wealthy household of chicken importers in Karachi, Pakistan, to the sober residences of Brownwood, Texas, "The True American" is a rich, colorful, profoundly moving exploration of the American dream in its many dimensions. Ultimately it tells a story about our love-hate relationship with immigrants, about the encounter of Islam and the West, about how—or whether—we choose what we become.

April 29, 2014
Wheaton, IL
Justice and Society Program

As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, and American society becomes increasingly diverse, we more frequently come into contact with people who have deeply held religious beliefs that differ from our own. Substantive disagreements between people of different faiths—and between people within the same general faith tradition—exist, and no amount of missionary activity or interfaith dialogue will erase them. How we manage these substantive disagreements will increasingly affect the well-being of our local communities and our nation. 

In what ways is religious diversity a challenge, and in what ways is it an opportunity? What are some of the potential benefits and pitfalls of interfaith engagement? This moderated panel discussion will showcase Evangelical and Roman Catholic perspectives on this subject, with a particular focus on higher education.

This event is free and open to the public. Register now!

Panelists:

Moderator:

  • Joseph DeMott, Project Manager, Justice & Society Program, Aspen Institute

May 3, 2014 - May 9, 2014
Aspen, CO

 For almost 60 years, this premier roundtable has challenged leaders in every field to think more critically and deeply. The seminar is a unique opportunity to step away from the demands of the present and reflect with other leaders in moderated, text-based Socratic dialogue on the concept of a good and just society: What is it? How does it become a reality? What is our role in making it happen? The settings in Aspen, Colorado, and on Maryland's Eastern Shore are ideal for rejuvenation the mind, body, and spirit of participants who emerge personally renewed and professionally refocused.

To learn more about the Aspen Seminar, please click here.

May 5, 2014 - May 10, 2014
Aspen, CO
The Henry Crown Fellowship Program, established in 1997, seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders, providing them with the tools necessary to meet the challenges of business and civic leadership in the 21st century. The program is a unique mix of seminars designed to broaden the perspectives of the participants and hone their skills in values-centered leadership. It honors the memory of Chicago industrialist Henry Crown (1896-1990), whose legendary career was marked by a lifelong commitment to honor, integrity, industry and philanthropy. Read More
May 6, 2014
New York, NY
On May 6, 2014, the third annual New York Ideas forum will gather cutting-edge innovators with a simple goal: to draw out the strands of genius from leaders whose work and passions are changing our world. Taking place at the New-York Historical Society, New York Ideas will bring together over 600 New York and national thought leaders. Through interviews, panels, debates, displays, and break-out sessions, we will showcase the trends, innovations, and technologies driving the business, political, and cultural landscape. Read More
May 8, 2014
San Francisco, CA, United States

Featuring David Kelley, founder, and Tom Kelley, partner, IDEO.

The Morris Series is made possible by a generous donation from Aspen Institute Trustee Diane L. Morris. This new Series will bring the mission and work of the Institute to an invited group of supporters, friends, and new audiences in the San Francisco area.

The Series will address innovation and technology with an underlying theme of leadership based on enduring values and nonpartisan exchange.

May 9, 2014 - May 11, 2014
Lido of Venice, Italy

*This event is by-invitation only.

34th edition

May 12, 2014 - May 15, 2014
Queenstown, MD

Discover what's next in life and work through the Aspen Life Reimagined Seminars. Visit http://www.aspeninstitute.org/seminars/LifeReimagined to learn more. 

May 17, 2014 - May 23, 2014
Wye River, MD

 

For almost 60 years, this premier roundtable has challenged leaders in every field to think more critically and deeply. The seminar is a unique opportunity to step away from the demands of the present and reflect with other leaders in moderated, text-based Socratic dialogue on the concept of a good and just society: What is it? How does it become a reality? What is our role in making it happen? The settings in Aspen, Colorado, and on Maryland's Eastern Shore are ideal for rejuvenation the mind, body, and spirit of participants who emerge personally renewed and professionally refocused.

To learn more about The Aspen Seminar, please click here.

 

May 19, 2014
Aspen, CO
In the second installment of Athens to Aspen, participants will explore six paired themes — perennial human themes which have shaped our world — as they have been taken up from Athens to Aspen from the ancient period to our contemporary age. Each of the following themes will receive three sessions of discussion, with texts drawn from different genres and different periods of human experience: ancient, medieval/renaissance, modern, and post-modern. Read More

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