The 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival will take place June 25 – July 4, on our campus in Aspen, CO. As we plan the Festival and specific details emerge, we will share news and updates at aspenideas.org and through e-newsletters, Twitter, and Facebook. We’ll introduce you to presenters, link the topics at the Festival to timely issues in the news, and offer insights into the Festival agenda. Please check your email in the weeks and months to come for exciting news and program updates!
The gravesite of Declaration of Independence signer, William Paca, and formal gardens of Houghton House serve as the backdrop for celebrating Independence Day at the Aspen Institute's Wye River campus.
The keynote presentation, "Becoming U.S. - Values, Choices and the Formation of a Nation" will be given by Robert Forloney, Adjunct Professor at Goucher College, and former director of the Breene M. Kerr Center for Chesapeake Studies at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Every summer the Justice & Society Seminar, co-founded by the late Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and held in Aspen, CO, brings together individuals from diverse backgrounds to discuss what we mean by justice and how a just society ought to structure its legal, judicial, and political institutions.
Roundtable discussions are led by two distinguished and experienced moderators: a judge and a professor of law or political theory. This year's Seminar moderators are Dr. Sanford Levinson, W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law at the University of Texas at Austin; and Hon. Deanell Tacha, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law.
Seminar participants are distinguished individuals chosen from a variety of fields who bring a wealth of personal and professional experience to the discussion. Click here for more information about the seminar.
Moderated by Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center and professor at George Washington University Law School, and Tom Goldstein, founder and publisher of SCOTUSblog and partner at Goldstein & Russell, P.C., this two day symposium will feature a discussion examining recent Supreme Court decisions and personal judicial insights with two highly acclaimed legal experts. Read More
In conjunction with the Justice and Society Program
Featuring Dr. John Martin, director of the Immigration and the State Court Initiative, in conversation with Meryl Chertoff, executive director of the Aspen Institute Justice and Society Program, for an examination of how the courts, law enforcement, and social service agencies are managing the influx of trafficked US laborers and child victims over the southern US border.
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Please click here to see a tentative agenda for the weekend. Click here to register.
The Future of Work and Skills in the Digital Age How is technology changing the kinds of jobs people are doing, and the education and skills required to succeed? How will people connect to work in the future? Will people compete or cooperate with our new artificially intelligent robot overlords? How do institutions need to change to ensure shared prosperity? We'll look at the future of work, and the challenges and opportunities they pose for individuals, businesses, policymakers, and others working in public interest. Moderator: John Irons, Managing Director, Global Markets, The Rockefeller Foundation
Race and Cultural Identity The recent events from Ferguson to New York and throughout communities in the United States have brought issues surrounding race, culture, and equality to the forefront of public discourse. How have the police interactions with communities of color affected the racial divide? What role do the media play in providing reliable information during periods of heightened tension and uncertainty? The divide extends to lack of access to opportunity in some of the most underserved communities. With this generation's challenge of growing inequity, how do we get people from diverse backgrounds to address problems that create conflict yet remain involved in collaborative problem-solving? What U.S. policies should be implemented and which variables should change to ensure the nation's cultural fabric remains strong, diverse, and united? This seminar will explore ways to address the growing racial tensions, frustrations, and fear. Moderators: Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; and Susan P. Sturm, George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility, and Director, Center for Institutional and Social Change, Columbia Law School
The Future of Privacy and Transparency: Surveillance in a Digital Age Does the widespread availability of personal data justify the government's need for covert surveillance or does it make secrecy obsolete and unnecessary? Recent disclosures by Snowden, Manning, and WikiLeaks have redefined the debate about the proper balance between privacy and transparency. In this seminar, we will have a wide ranging discussion about where to draw the line. Moderator: Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO, the National Constitution Center; professor of law, The George Washington University
How Technology Is Affecting Our Lives, The Way We Do Business And Its Potential To Affect Social Change We are living through an extraordinary moment where our relationship to technology is radically changing how we interact, how we behave and its potential to affect change. Optimists welcome this change, arguing that technology is growing up and incorporating our needs and making lives easier. Are they right? What will be the impact of this shift on how we live, work and move around the world? Will it affect how we interact with others? Will it change how we do business? Will the data gathered by pervasive connected objects put more power in the hands of the indivdual, the corporation or the state? Moderator: Sonal Shah, professor of practice and founding executive director, Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, Georgetown University
U.S. Policy and ISIS: Coping with Jihad 2.0 The Islamic State, which offers its followers the instant gratification of both savage violence and life in the self-declared Caliphate, represents an evolved form of Islamist extremism. What is to be done about this new menace, now proliferating across the Middle East? How much can the U.S. and the West accomplish through military action? Through “counter-messaging”? Is jihadism now a problem to be "contained," like Communism? Are Saudi Arabia and other regional states abetting the problem by targeting non-extremist Islamic groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and by pitting Sunni and Shia against one another? This seminar will explore the shift of power from Al Qaeda to ISIS and the foreign policy consequences for the U.S. and the West. Moderator: James Traub, columnist and contributor to foreignpolicy.com; former staff writer for The New Yorker and contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine
For more information on Socrates Seminars and the Socrates program, please contact Melissa Ingber, Director, 202-736-1077 Read More
This dinner benefits the Socrates Program for Emerging Leaders. The evening will honor Jeffrey Rosen and feature a conversation between Reid Hoffman and Walter Isaacson on Platforms and Networks for Social Impact. The dinner is co-chaired by Laura and Gary Lauder and Mona Williams and Scott Sillers, and will be held in the Doerr-Hosier Center from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
About the Honoree:
Jeffrey Rosen is a professor of law at The George Washington University and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic. His most recent book is The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America. He also is the author of The Most Democratic Branch, The Naked Crowd, and The Unwanted Gaze. Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College, summa cum laude; Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and Yale Law School.
Professor Rosen's essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, on National Public Radio, and in The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the 10 best magazine journalists in America and the L.A. Times called him, "the nation's most widely read and influential legal commentator."
About the Speaker:
An accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Reid Hoffman has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses. He possesses a unique understanding of consumer behavior and the dynamics of viral businesses, as well as deep experience in driving companies from the earliest stages through periods of explosive growth.
In 2009 Reid joined Greylock Partners, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm. His areas of focus include consumer internet, enterprise 2.0, mobile, social gaming, online marketplaces, payments, and social networks. His investments include Airbnb, Edmodo, Mozilla (Firefox), Shopkick, Swipely, Wrapp, Coupons.com, Groupon, and Viki. Prior to joining Greylock, he personally invested in dozens of internet companies including Facebook, Flickr, and Zynga.
In 2003 Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service. LinkedIn is thriving with more than 300 million members in 200 countries around the world and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions, advertising, and software licensing. Hoffman continues to serve as LinkedIn’s Executive Chairman.
Prior to LinkedIn, Reid served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was a founding board member. At PayPal he was responsible for all external relationships, including payments infrastructure, business development, international, government, and legal. He was instrumental to PayPal’s acquisition by Ebay and responsible for partnerships with Intuit, Visa, MasterCard, and Wells Fargo.
Reid serves on the boards of Airbnb, Swipely, Mozilla Corporation, Shopkick, Wrapp, and Edmodo. In addition, he also serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Endeavor, and DoSomething.
Reid is a co-author of two books: the New York Times bestsellers The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career, and The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age.
Reid earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree with distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford University. In 2010 he was the recipient of an SD Forum Visionary Award and named a Henry Crown Fellow by The Aspen Institute.
The Roundtable on Information Technology is a private seminar of 25-30 business executives, government leaders, and visionaries. It examines the implications of emerging information technologies on societies, governments, communities and individuals, and the new leadership roles that are required.
The Financial Security Summit is the flagship convening of Aspen IFS. Held each July at Aspen’s campus in Aspen Meadows, Colorado, the Summit has earned a reputation as a rare type of convening where leaders with diverse political leanings can engage in dialogue that is respectful and intellectually deep.
*This event is by invitation only. This event is open to SOF Vanguard Chapter members only.
Featuring Adam Grant, author of the bestseller Give and Take, who will shatter assumptions about what it takes to arrive at the top in the business world and will discuss the notion that achieving success is becoming increasingly dependent on how we interact with others.
The 2015 Energy Policy Forum, "Leaning Into the Energy System of the Future," will be co-chaired by Susan Tierney, Managing Principal, Analysis Group, and Clint Vince, Energy Sector Chair, Dentons. The format relies heavily on dialogue among experts with varied experience and perspectives.
Led by Ellen Susman, director of Art in Embassies. This half-day program will explore how visual arts can help to communicate a nation’s values and create dialogue to better facilitate cultural diplomacy. Featuring three panels with artists and ambassadors, including Patrick Gaspard, US ambassador to South Africa.
Generously underwritten by the Hurst Family Foundation, the Hurst Lecture Series features conversations with renowned and inspiring leaders for public audiences in Aspen.
Featuring Secretary of the Interior and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Recreation Equipment, Inc. (REI) Sally Jewell in conversation with Aspen Institute Senior Fellow Mike Boots. Jewell will discuss her work in the conservation of public lands and the importance of building a connection between America’s youth and the great outdoors.
This 6th year of the Forum will build on our cutting edge discussions from previous forums where we anticipated many of the dynamic changes occurring today in the clean energy sector, including electricity market realignment, business model and financial innovation, customer empowerment, the integration of information and energy technologies, and the impacts of foss
"Guns In The Hands of Artists" is a community-based social activist artistic project that involves taking guns off the streets and transforming them into works of art that comment on the issue of guns and violence in American society. Read More
At this year's Roundtable on Institutional Innovation, participants will examine new ways of thinking about business practice redesign with the aim of becoming more adaptive and increasing performances of the firm. Read More
"The most entertaining and emotional documentary of the year, Landfill Harmonic is the unbelievable story of the Recycled Orchestra, a youth orchestra from Paraguay that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. This modern-day fairy tale follows the orchestra on their rise to international stardom and shows how music can unite a community." —eFilmCritic.com
Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group of kids that live in a village that is next to one of South America’s largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra plays music from instruments made entirely out of garbage. Founded by Favio Chávez, the orchestra was catapulted into the global spotlight when their story went viral, taking them from their home into arenas and sold-out concerts. And when a natural disaster devastated their community, the orchestra provided a source of hope for the town. The film, which follows Chávez, his colleagues, and the young members of his orchestra, is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit. (USA, 2015, 84 min.) Orchestra Director Favio Chávez will be featured in post-screening conversation via Skype.