The Aspen Seminar on Leadership, Values, and the Good Society

September 6, 2014 - September 12, 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.

September 6, 2014 - September 12, 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.

September 8, 2014 - September 10, 2014
Aspen, CO
Forum for Community Solutions

The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions in partnership with Neighborhood Funders Group is hosting a convening on Place-Based Philanthropy, Towards a Better Place: A Conversation about Promising Practice in Place Based Philanthropy. The meeting will take place on September 8-10, 2014 at Aspen Meadows. The goal of this meeting is to capitalize on the resurgence of place based grantmaking and address key questions that arise when investing in place. It is our hope that this is truly a beginning conversation that will lead to more in- depth conversations, and ongoing sharing of tools and solutions to help funders (local, state, and national) reexamine the dynamics of their relationships with the communities where they are investing.

This meeting will provide participants with lessons learned from funders who are implementing a collaborative approach to grantmaking in place. A core part of this conversation will include funders learning from local organizations about how their interactions impact their grantees in place. This will provide an opportunity to think about what tools exist to help funders when investing in place. Are there tools that need to be developed? Where are the gaps? What do funders need to help them as they think about committing to specific places?

This event is designed specifically for grantmakers.

September 10, 2014
Washington, DC
This event is by invitation only. Jim Shelton, deputy secretary of the US Department of Education in conversation with Walter Isaacson President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Read More
September 11, 2014 - September 14, 2014
Aspen, CO
Moderated by Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President, the Aspen Institute, and Paul Anderson, local author, naturalist, and guide. Read More
September 11, 2014
New York City, NY
Gail Sheehy discusses her life, work and new memoir "Daring: New Passages" with New York Times culture reporter Robin Pogrebin. Read More
September 12, 2014 - September 17, 2014
Nara, Japan

*Japanese Language Only

September 13, 2014 - September 19, 2014
Aspen, CO
The goal of the China Fellowship Program is to energize China’s private sector business leaders to step up to this challenge in a meaningful fashion. Read More
September 16, 2014
Washington, DC
Health, Medicine and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only.

Healthcare Hotspotting: Innovative Approaches to Caring for Super-Utilizers

Dr. Brenner is Executive Director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, which he founded in 2003. Through the Camden Coalition, hospitals, providers, and community residents are working together to build an integrated, health delivery model for Camden residents.

Trained as a family physician, Dr. Brenner previously operated an urban family medicine solo practice, primarily serving an Hispanic population insured by Medicaid. He is also Medical Director of the Urban Health Institute at Cooper University Healthcare, which uses modern business techniques to deliver better care to underserved populations at lower cost.

Dr. Brenner's work was profiled by New Yorker writer Atul Gawande, MD, in "The Hot Spotters" (1/24/11) and in an episode of PBS Frontline (7/27/11). In 2013, he was designated a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

September 17, 2014 - September 21, 2014
Aspen, CO
The Pahara-Aspen Fellowship seeks to strengthen and sustain diverse, high-potential leaders who are reimagining public education. Using a time-tested method of text-based dialogue, the program provides participants with the opportunity to reflect on the values and tensions involved in effective and enlightened leadership across the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Read More
September 17, 2014
Washington, DC

*This event is by invitation only.

The Transformative Change Initiative of the University of Illinois and Skills for America’s Future at the Aspen Institute will host the evaluation teams tracking the progress of Trade Adjustment Act Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grants. Focusing on an assessment of employer engagement under TAACCCT, this meeting will explore the nature, extent, and challenges of employer engagement evaluation activities.

Special Guests:

  • Mark Mitsui, deputy assistant secretary, US Dept. of Education; 
  • Erika Liliedahl, senior evaluation specialist, US Dept. of Labor

September 22, 2014
Madrid, Spain

"Europe and the Reform of the Economic & Monetary Union", moderated by Thomas Westphal, Director General for European Affairs in the Federal Ministry of Finance.

September 23, 2014
New York City, NY
Business and Society Program
Convening of a vanguard of corporate issuers, represented initially by chief financial officers, with select fund managers to discuss ways to better communicate drivers of long-term value to each other and the markets. Read More
September 23, 2014
New York, NY

*This event is by invitation only.

Sexual and reproductive health and rights are fundamental human rights. They also drive progress towards a broad range of sustainable development goals, including poverty eradication, food security, gender equality, climate change mitigation, economic empowerment, among so many others. Join leaders from around the globe as we galvanize our resolve to put sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, the human rights of women and girls, and the participation of young people at the center of the development agenda.

This event is sponsored by the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health in partnership with High-Level Task Force for ICPD & United Nations Foundation.

September 24, 2014
Washington, DC

*This event is by invitation only.

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature David Ignatius, associate editor at columnist at The Washington Post, discussing his latest novel "The Director" (W.W. Norton & Company). 

About the Book: 

In David Ignatius's gripping new novel, spies don't bother to steal information…they change it, permanently and invisibly.

Graham Weber has been the director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents' names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads.

Weber turns to a charismatic (and unstable) young man named James Morris who runs the Internet Operations Center. He's the CIA's in-house geek. Weber launches Morris on a mole hunt unlike anything in spy fiction—one that takes the reader into the hacker underground of Europe and America and ends up in a landscape of paranoia and betrayal. Like the new world of cyber-espionage from which it's drawn, The Director is a maze of deception and double dealing, about a world where everything is written in zeroes and ones and nothing can be trusted. The CIA has belatedly discovered that this is not your father’s Cold War, and Weber must play catch-up, against the clock and an unknown enemy, in a game he does not yet understand. (Amazon.com)

About the Author:

David Ignatius, a prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for more than 25 years. His novels include Agents of Innocence, Body of Lies, and The Increment. He lives in Washington, DC.

September 24, 2014
Chicago, IL
Sports and Society Program
Any true commitment to broad-based sports participation begins with infrastructure. Fields. Gyms. Rinks. Rec centers. Bike paths. Build, maintain and secure ‘em, or pay the price later. Federal support for such projects took a serious hit in 1980, and it’s never recovered. Today, we see park and rec departments under significant duress — and the rise of private, specialized athletic facilities whose programming is too expensive for many families. Read More
September 26, 2014
Washington, DC
Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program
Drawing on his experiences with RESULTS and CCL as well as the 20th anniversary edition of his book "Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break between People and Government," Sam Daley-Harris will offer advice about the kinds of support structures and curricula that allowed “ordinary citizens” to become confident advocates for their issues. We’ll discuss the challenge of maintaining morale and celebrating advances in advocacy capacity during challenging periods in an advocacy effort. Read More
September 28, 2014 - September 30, 2014
Los Angeles, CA

This event is by invitation only.

The second annual CityLab: Global Solutions to Urban Challenges will bring together 300 global city leaders — mayors, plus urban theorists, city planners, scholars, architects, and artists — for a series of conversations about urban ideas that are shaping the world's metro centers. The summit will further develop conversations started at last year’s CityLab on economic development; the environment and sustainability; cultural investment; big data; and the intersection of public safety, privacy, and technology; as well as smaller breakout sessions exploring topics like redevelopment, urban infrastructure, transportation, urban expansion, and the creation of the next tech city.

September 30, 2014
Washington, DC
Justice and Society Program

Education Litigation as a tool for Better Schools for Kids is hosted by the Aspen Institute Justice and Society Program.

Featured guests include:

  • Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law School Carl M. Loeb University Professor
  • Tristan Duncan, partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • Sheryll Cashin, professor of Law at Georgetown University

October 2, 2014 - October 4, 2014
Mexico City, Mexico
How must we lead in the 21st century, in business, politics, and civil society? From the trolley problem to global systems, financial services in ancient Greece to the recent economic downturn, endangered-peoples movements to extreme sports and collaborative consumption, "Heroes and Villains" captures the challenges and solutions we have already articulated for the new century. Read More
October 2, 2014 - October 4, 2014
Bucharest

The 2014 edition of the Bucharest Forum will be a large scale, trans-regional event building on the success and relevant work of its prior editions. Its objective is to contribute to the synchronization of EU and US perspectives and policies with regards the East West corridor linking Europe and Asia. The concept calls for a logic of a “joint pivot” to Asia.

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