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.
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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. Read More
Gail Sheehy discusses her life, work and new memoir "Daring: New Passages" with New York Times culture reporter Robin Pogrebin. This program is presented by the Aspen Institute in association with the Aspen Writers’ Foundation.
Gail Sheehy is the author of sixteen books, including the classic New York Times bestseller "Passages," named by the Library of Congress as one of the 10 most influential books of our time. Sheehy was one of the original contributors to New York magazine and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984. She is a seven-time recipient of the New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page Award for distinguished journalism and three-time winner or finalist for National Magazine Awards. In 2013, she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Books for a Better Life.
Robin Pogrebin is a staff reporter at The New York Times, where for she covers arts institutions and other subjects for the Culture desk. Prior to joining The Times, Pogrebin worked as an associate producer for Peter Jennings' documentary unit at ABC News. Pogrebin has written freelance articles for various publications including Vogue, Town & Country, Architectural Digest and New York magazine and her work has been featured in several anthologies.
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. Each of the inaugural Fellows has been selected because they have achieved real success in their careers and, yet, are at a point in their lives where they'd like to have a broader impact. The Program is designed to guide them through a personal journey of reflection, insight and action in an area where they'd like to make that impact. As such, they will become more effective, enlightened leaders and will move "from success to significance." Read More
Peace after Gaza: A New Framework for a Changing Landscape
Dr. Salam Fayyad, former prime minister, Palestinian Authority and distinguished statesman, the Atlantic Council
Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, The United Nations
In conversation with:
Walter Isaacson, president and CEO, the Aspen Institute
The discussion will assess the current avenues for re-engagement and the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the wake of the Gaza conflict and in the context of the broader strategic landscape of the region. The conversation will touch on not only the short term issues such as relief and recovery, but also the broader landscape for moving beyond a ceasefire to a lasting framework for stability that recognizes the ceasefire as an
opportunity, not a certainty. This conversation will engage all the stakeholders to move beyond the immediacy of the ceasefire to the broader concerns of relief, recovery, and redevelopment with attention to the critical security needs of Egypt, Israel, and Jordan, and the importance of building a pathway for pluralism. Key questions for discussion include:
Who will govern Gaza?
How do you create a viable institutional framework for governance in Gaza under the Palestinian Authority?
What is an appropriate role for the international community in the short, medium, and long term regarding relief, recovery, and redevelopment?
How do you incentivize the private sector to engage in this evolving landscape?
What are the roles and responsibilities of regional players, such as Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey?
Please join us for a discussion on the challenges on the pathway to peace in the current strategic landscape, and the potential to build a pathway to pluralism despite the shifting sands in the region.
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.
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.
Each cohort of Fellows consists of 20-24 exceptional men and women who undertake a program of four advanced leadership seminars over the course of two years, under the direction of experienced moderators. In addition to these seminars — which feature thought-provoking readings and discussions about leadership, diversity, and important issues in public education and social change — the program consists of a leadership project, as well as alumni events.
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.
Mark Mitsui, deputy assistant secretary, US Dept. of Education;
Erika Liliedahl, senior evaluation specialist, US Dept. of Labor
Please join the Aspen Institute and the National Academy for State Health Policy for the release of “The Affordable Care Act: Affording Two-Generation Approaches to Health.” This publication is the first comprehensive look at the opportunities around the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion to drive better outcomes for children and parents together.
The Affordable Care Act is the biggest new lever for expanding access to care. It redefines how health insurance functions, significantly expands health insurance coverage, and accelerates changes already underway in how health care services are organized and delivered to patients. Through the publication, we explore what this means for two-generation outcomes that meet the needs of the children, parents, and families.
Todd Breyfogle, Director of Seminars, will moderate a discussion on Thursday September 18th for our Aspen Seminar alumni, Socrates alumni, and SOF friends. The topic is "Ambition and Discord" and will include short readings from Vaclav Havel and Wisława Szymborska. Read More
Terry McMillan needs little introduction to the millions of readers who have enjoyed such bestselling novels as "Waiting to Exhale" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back", both also adapted to film. Her eighth and most recent novel is "Who Asked You?", a story about the burdens and blessings of family.
Terry McMillan is AWF’s Writer in Residence in Woody Creek for two weeks this September (2014), where, in her words “I'll be sequestering from the real world in order to create my own.” She will do a free reading and talk at the Woody Creek Community Center on September 18. The AWF will be giving out free copies of her latest novel at the event.
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.
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.
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.
In Chicago, the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program convenes 30+ leaders for a Project Play conversation on how to grow the supply of safe play spaces that meet the needs of all children in all communities. Held at Navy Pier on the final day of the Illinois Youth Sports Summit, and on the eve of the US Olympic and Paralympic Assembly, the dialogue will identify breakthrough ideas in funding, collaboration and innovation that can serve urban, suburban and rural comm unities – each of which face its own distinct challenges. Leaders will also consider ways that the hosting of an Olympic Games can best leave a legacy of community facilities.
Note: This event has been postponed until further notice.
*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.
Sam Daley-Harris founded the anti-poverty lobby RESULTS in 1980 and began coaching Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) three months before they were launched in 2007. In 2013 CCL’s volunteers in the US and Canada had more than 1,500 letters to the editor and op-eds published and had 709 meetings with members of Congress, Parliament, or their staff.
Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and Al Sikes, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and Charlie Firestone, executive director of the Aspen Institute Communication and Society Program, will present a talk entitled "Competition in the New Communications Landscape."
The Internet, satellite communications, wireless, cable, broadband access, net neutrality, social media, new communications technologies — they all find their way to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Tom Wheeler, the current chairman of the FCC, has spent the majority of his career in the communications industry, as the CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association, president of the National Cable & TelecommunicationsAssociation and president of NABU Network, as well as a technology entrepreneur. He is the only member of both the Wireless Hall of Fame and the Cable Television Hall of Fame. Al Sikes, the FCC chairman from 1989-1993, spent much of his career in communications, including serving as assistant secretary of commerce and director of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and as president of his own media company. Our panel moderator, the Aspen Institute's own Charlie Firestone, has headed the Communications and Society Program since 1989, focusing on the implications of communications and information technologies for leadership, the impact of new technologies on democratic and social institutions, and the development of new communications policy models and options for the public interest.
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.