May, 2016

Filter By

E.g., 06/25/2016
Format: 06/25/2016
April 30, 2016 - May 8, 2016
Havana, Cuba
Global Alliances Program

The week of April 30, 2016 the Aspen Institute and the Richardson Center for Global Engagement will co-lead a Partnership Opportunity Delegation (POD) to Cuba, where participants will engage in meetings and conversations around investment and innovation focused on early technology, hospitality, alternative energy, and waste management. 

Participants will also participate in InCúbate2016, the country's first ever Pop-Up Innovation Space -- an exchange between American and Cuban entrepreneurs.

Read More

Society of Fellows
April 30, 2016 - May 6, 2016
Wye River, MD
This 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 of the mind, body, and spirit of participants who emerge personally renewed and professionally focused. Read More
Aspen Global Leadership Network
May 1, 2016 - May 5, 2016
Spier, South Africa

*This event is by invitation only

The Africa Leadership Initiative captures the energy, talent, and resolve of an emerging generation of leaders in Africa and engages them in confronting the foremost challenges of their countries. Founded in 2001 by four Henry Crown Fellows, it is a collaborative venture of the Institute, the Databank Foundation (Ghana), Infotech Investments (Tanzania), LEAP Africa (Nigeria), and the Letsema Foundation (South Africa). The initiative currently has three distinct programs in West Africa, East Africa, and South Africa.

Read More

Book Talk, Society of Fellows
May 4, 2016
Washington, DC

*This event is by invitation only.

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Garry Kasparov, Chess Grandmaster and Russian pro-democracy leader, on his recent book "Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped" (PublicAffairs Books).

About Winter is Coming:
The ascension of Vladimir Putin—a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB—to the presidency of Russia in 1999 was a strong signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Yet in the intervening years—as America and the world’s other leading powers have continued to appease him—Putin has grown not only into a dictator but an international threat. With his vast resources and nuclear arsenal, Putin is at the center of a worldwide assault on political liberty and the modern world order.

For Garry Kasparov, none of this is news. He has been a vocal critic of Putin for over a decade, even leading the pro-democracy opposition to him in the farcical 2008 presidential election. Yet years of seeing his Cassandra-like prophecies about Putin’s intentions fulfilled have left Kasparov with a darker truth: Putin’s Russia, like ISIS or Al Qaeda, defines itself in opposition to the free countries of the world.

As Putin has grown ever more powerful, the threat he poses has grown from local to regional and finally to global. In this urgent book, Kasparov shows that the collapse of the Soviet Union was not an endpoint—only a change of seasons, as the Cold War melted into a new spring. But now, after years of complacency and poor judgment, winter is once again upon us.

About the Author:
Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, in the Soviet Union in 1963, Garry Kasparov became the under-18 chess champion of the USSR at the age of 12 and the world under-20 champion at 17. He came to international fame at the age of 22 as the youngest world chess champion in history in 1985. 

He became one of the first prominent Soviets to call for democratic and market reforms and was an early supporter of Boris Yeltsin’s push to break up the Soviet Union. In 1990, he and his family escaped ethnic violence in his native Baku as the USSR collapsed. His refusal that year to play the World Championship under the Soviet flag caused an international sensation. In 2005, Kasparov, in his 20th year as the world’s top-ranked player, abruptly retired from competitive chess to join the vanguard of the Russian pro-democracy movement. He founded the United Civil Front and organized the Marches of Dissent to protest the repressive policies of Vladimir Putin. In 2012, Kasparov was named chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, succeeding Vaclav Havel. Facing imminent arrest during Putin’s crackdown, Kasparov moved from Moscow to New York City in 2013. 

Kasparov has been a contributing editor to the Wall Street Journal since 1991 and is a regular commentator on politics and human rights. He speaks frequently to business and political audiences around the world on innovation, strategy, individual freedom, and achieving peak mental performance. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Oxford-Martin School with a focus on human-machine collaboration. 

Read More

Society of Fellows
May 5, 2016
New York, NY

The series "Conversations with Great Leaders in Memory of Preston Robert Tisch" — underwritten by the children of the late Bob Tisch, a businessman and philanthropist — highlights great leadership in action through interviews with key leaders from all sectors of civic life.

The program will feature an exploration of the Syrian refugee crisis with David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee and Professor Michael W. Doyle, the Director of the Global Policy Initiative at Columbia University.

*Registration Required 

Read More

May 5, 2016 - May 7, 2016
Vršac, Serbia-Montenegro

Click here to register. Click here to view the agenda.

Read More
May 9, 2016 - May 11, 2016
Washington, DC
Ascend

*This event is by invitation only.

The Bernard van Leer Foundation and Ascend will partner on a global convening on breaking the cycle of poverty through economic support for parents and early childhood services for their children. Convening on breaking the cycle of poverty with an emphasis on economic stability and early childhood development as gateways to programs, policies, and partnerships that support children and parents together.

Read More

Aspen Wye Fellows, Society of Fellows
May 11, 2016
Wye River, MD

*This event is by invitation only. 

Dr. William “Bro” Adams, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and former President of Colby College and Bucknell University, says “People who engage in a profound way with a broad range of disciplines - especially with the humanities - are prepared to engage the challenges of life. They are creative and flexible thinkers; they acquire the habit of mind to find solutions to important problems; they can even appreciate the value of making mistakes and changing their minds.” Join us to discuss whether learning the humanities is a strategic imperative for America.

Today’s American education is arguably producing a generation of specialists, who lack the breadth needed to manage and succeed in an increasingly complex and fast-paced technological world.

Read More

Society of Fellows
May 11, 2016
San Francisco, CA

*This event is by invitation only. 

Morris Series: Leadership and Innovation: Transforming the Department of Commerce into the Department of Business for the Global 21st Century.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 11 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Walt Disney Family Musuem for a riveting discussion with Penny Pritzker, US Secretary of Commerce on "Transforming the Department of Commerce into the Department of Business for the Global 21st Century."

This event is at capacity. Please contact Megan Bentzin at megan.bentzin@aspeninstitute.org with any questions. 

Read More

Society of Fellows
May 12, 2016
Washington, DC
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

*This event is by invitation only

Join the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Emory University’s Social Enterprise @ Goizueta for an in-depth presentation on the recent findings from the first annual Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) report.

GALI is designed to explore - and answer - key questions about enterprise acceleration. Within a few short years, the program has collected detailed data from fifteen different Village Capital programs across several countries including the United States and emerging markets. These data give us a great opportunity to learn about how specific program choices are driving accelerator performance.

After a detailed presentation by the report authors, key GALI partners and stakeholders will share their reactions to the findings as well as their hopes for the research program moving forward.

Read More

Society of Fellows
May 14, 2016 - May 20, 2016
Wye River, MD
This 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 of the mind, body, and spirit of participants who emerge personally renewed and professionally focused. Read More
Aspen Community Programs
May 16, 2016
Aspen, CO

This seminar explores several vectors of the human journey in search of meaning. The curriculum comprises three, three-month thematic modules: The Journey Inwards, The Journey Outwards, The Journey Upwards. These modules will be anchored by plays and sonnets from William Shakespeare while additionally drawing upon texts from the ancient to the contemporary—companions helping us navigate the choppy waters of our own values and beliefs.

Dates and Times: Monday nights from 6:30–9:00 p.m. October 19, November 16, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 18, May 16, June 13.

Fee: $225 includes all sessions, reading materials and refreshments. 

Athens to Aspen is now full. 

Read More

Society of Fellows
May 17, 2016
Washington, DC
Sports and Society Program
Society of Fellows
May 17, 2016
Washington, DC
Economic Opportunities Program

“Celebrate Skills for America’s Future” was a look back on five years of achievements in demonstrating how businesses can successfully partner with community colleges to meet their workforce needs and help working people connect to economic opportunities.

In 2011, the Aspen Institute’s Skills for America’s Future was founded to provide a platform that would illustrate the power of collaboration among employers, community colleges, and other workforce partners to address skills mismatch affecting businesses and workers. Five years later, these partnerships – in practice and in policy – have matured and deepened. Skills for America’s Future has helped change the conversation so that the business and education communities can focus on replicable and scalable solutions.

As we plan for the next generation of this program, we took a look back on five years of achievements in demonstrating how businesses can successfully partner with community colleges to meet their workforce needs and help working people connect to economic opportunities. This event included several moderated panel discussions to take stock of job-driven workforce developments and showcase future trends in workforce development.

Additional Resource: Celebrating Skills for America'’s Future Agenda

Featured speakers include:

The Honorable Penny Pritzker 
US Secretary of Commerce 

Portia Y. Wu 
Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration, US Department of Labor 

Ellen Alberding 
President, Joyce Foundation 

Walter Bumphus 
President and CEO, American Association of Community Colleges 

John Colborn 
Chief Operating Officer, JEVS Human Services 

Maureen Conway 
Vice President for Policy Programs, The Aspen Institute 
Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program 

Manuel Cuevas-Trisán 
Corporate Vice President, Motorola Solutions 

Jaime S. Fall 
Director, Upskill America, The Aspen Institute 

Walter Isaacson 
President and CEO, The Aspen Institute 

Scott R. Jensen 
Director, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training 

Marie Trzupek Lynch 
President and CEO, Skills for Chicagoland's Future 

Nicholas T. Pinchuk 
CEO, Snap-On 

Eva Sage-Gavin 
Principal, Sage-Gavin Associates 

Lisa Schumacher 
Director of Education Strategies, McDonald's Corporation 

Read More

Society of Fellows
May 17, 2016
Aspen, CO
Aspen Words

Writer in Residence Sunil Yapa will read and discuss his novel, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, one of the most talked-about debuts of 2016.

Free Event

Read More

Book Talk, Society of Fellows
May 18, 2016
Washington, DC, United States

*This event is by invitation only.

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series features Diane Rehm, Host of The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU 88.5 FM American University Radio, on her recent memoir On My Own (Alfred A. Knopf). The discussion will be co-moderated by Aspen Institute Executive Vice President Elliot Gerson and Dr. Jessica Herzstein

About On My Own:
In a deeply personal and moving book, the beloved NPR radio host speaks out about the long drawn-out death (from Parkinson’s) of her husband of fifty-four years, and of her struggle to reconstruct her life without him.

John’s unnecessarily extended death—he begged to be helped to die—culminated in his taking matters into his own hands, simply refusing to take water, food, and medication. His heroic actions spurred Diane into becoming a kind of poster person for the “right to die” movement that is all too slowly taking shape in our country. With the brave determination that has characterized her whole life, she is finding a meaningful new way to contribute to the world. 

Her book—as practical as it is inspiring—will be a help and a comfort to the recently bereaved, and a beacon of hope about the possibilities that remain to us as we deal with our own approaching mortality.

About the Author:
Diane Rehm has hosted The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, DC—distributed by NPR—since 1979; the show has a weekly listening audience of two and a half million. Currently, it is broadcast on nearly two hundred stations and SiriusXM Satellite Radio across the country, as well as internationally by Armed Forces Radio Network. She lives in Washington, DC.

Read More

May 18, 2016 - May 21, 2016
Aspen, CO
Energy and Environment Program

The Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum is an annual, collaborative initiative between the Aspen Institute and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, gathering ~50 thought leaders to discuss domestic water challenge

Read More
Society of Fellows
May 19, 2016
Sausalito, CA

*This event is by invitation only.

Please join us for an SF Vanguard Chapter Discussion Reception with Christine Carter, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeleyand author of The Sweet Spot and Raising Happiness on cutting edge brain science and harnessing the power of the unconscious mind.

Read More

May 19, 2016 - May 22, 2016
Ronda, Spain

Changing How We Change: Major Trends Shaping the Future of Technology, Education, Business and Society

Read More
May 19, 2016
Washington, DC

*This event is by invitation only.

The first event in a series of intimate, high-level dinners will convene at the Aspen Institute, in partnership with IBM, to on artificial intelligence and its policy implications. 

Our first dinner focuses on artificial intelligence and the future of work. Throughout history, the introduction of any major new technology has stimulated debate about employment effects: Will the power loom, the steam engine, the printing press, for example, cost jobs? Today we face the same question with the advent of artificial intelligence. What will be the impact of AI on jobs? What jobs might be displaced by AI, and why? And what new job categories are we likely to see in the future as AI is used, increasingly, to augment rather than replace human intelligence? How do we equip today’s workers with the requisite skills to excel in these new sectors? How will AI redefine work?

Read More

Youth Program
May 21, 2016
Philadelphia, PA
Youth & Engagement

President and CEO of the National Constitution Center Jeff Rosen will lead a discussion on privacy rights for high school students from the Philadelphia region. Students will prepare for the discussion by reading selections on privacy issues and watching online content hosted on the Khan Academy platform. Students will have the opportunity to discuss privacy, surveillance, and free speech with a renowned constitutional scholar and with other students from their community. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how a document written hundreds of years ago affects their privacy rights in the modern digital age.

Read More

May 24, 2016 - May 26, 2016
Charlotte, NC
Education and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only. 

Network of CAOs, Literacy & Math leaders of large urban school districts.

Read More

May 24, 2016 - May 25, 2016
Washington, DC
Energy and Environment Program

*This event is by invitation only.

This new forum will bring together a select group of government officials, corporate executives, and policy experts from Canada, Mexico, and the United States to discuss how the three countries can integrate climate change policy and move toward a common carbon price for the North American continent. The forum is being convened by the Aspen Institute and the Partnership for Responsible Growth in collaboration with the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, The Woodrow Wilson Center, and the Global Energy Policy Center at Columbia. 

Read More