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Society of Fellows
April 1, 2014
Washington, DC, United States
Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program

In December 2013, the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution released "Measuring the Influence of Education Advocacy: The Case of Louisiana's School Choice Legislation," a report which introduces a new survey methodology for gauging the influence of policy advocacy efforts. Surveys, as they are commonly used in advocacy evaluation, often ask key stakeholders to assign rankings or scores to specific advocacy organizations based on their perceived level of policy influence. However, this approach assumes that the starting point for these scores is zero, which may not be the case. To address this survey design challenge, the report's authors developed an instrument they call Survey with Placebo (SwP). SwP also collects ratings from select respondents, but with one important difference: among the advocacy groups respondents are asked to score, there is a "placebo," a non-existent organization with a plausible name. The scores assigned to this placebo are then used as the zero-point on an influence scale against which all other responses are measured, thereby facilitating the use of statistical tests to quantify the amount of influence of each advocacy organization. Brown Center Director Grover "Russ" Whitehurst and Basis Policy Research Managing Partner David Stuit will present this new method and findings from its initial implementation on the passage of school choice legislation in Louisiana.

Presenters:

Grover "Russ" Whitehurst is the Herman and George R. Brown Chair and director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution. Previously, he was director of the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education; US assistant secretary for Educational Research and Improvement; chair of the Department of Psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook; and academic vice-president of the Merrill-Palmer Institute. He received his Ph.D. in experimental child psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1970. His specializations include program evaluation, teacher quality, preschools, national and international student assessments, reading instruction, education technology, and education data systems.

David Stuit is founding and managing partner of Basis Policy Research in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he focuses on delivering quantitative research solutions to Basis clients. David has served as the Director of Business Intelligence for a leading education management organization, a researcher with the National Center on School Choice and the Education Commission of the States and as a classroom teacher in Denver, Colorado. In addition to a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, David holds a master's degree from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor's from Hope College.

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April 2, 2014 - April 3, 2014
Rome, Italy

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April 2, 2014
Washington, DC

This event is by invitation only.

Bob Colacello was born in Brooklyn, NY, raised on Long Island, and educated at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (BSFS 1969) and Columbia University School of the Arts (MFA, 1971). From 1971 to 1983 he edited Andy Warhol's Interview magazine. Since 1984, he has been a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair, for which he has written more than 100 profiles of prominent cultural, political, and social figures. He has authored several books, including "Ronnie and Nancy: Their Path to the White House" and "Studios by the Sea: Artists of the East End of Long Island." His Factory memoir, "Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up," originally published in 1990, has been reissued this year with a new introduction.

Moderator:

  • Paul Richard, former art critic, The Washington Post

The Washington Ideas Roundtable Series is made possible with the generous support of Michelle Smith and the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.

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April 3, 2014
Economic Opportunities Program

Skills for America's Future held a webinar on the Ready to Work grant program.

Recently, in response to the need to help place long-term unemployed Americans in full-time jobs, the White House announced that the Administration would make $150 million in H1-B Visa funds available to support local workforce partnerships. These Ready to Work funds will help local workforce investment boards, community colleges and other local training providers, faith-based organizations, businesses, business associations and others groups train, place and support the long-term unemployed. These grants will be administered by the US Department of Labor (DOL). DOL expects to provide grant funds to 20-30 such public-private partnerships around the country.

 
While these grants may be significant in size, many applicants have questions on how they might effectively use the funds.  This webinar will provide potential grantees with strategies for employer engagement, serving with the long-term unemployed, and targeting H-1B occupations and industries. 
 
Host:
Rene Bryce-Laporte, Aspen Institute
 
Presenters:
John Colborn - Skills for America's Future
Byron Auguste - White House, National Economic Council
Neil Ruiz - Brookings Institution, Metropolitan Program
Marie Lynch - Skills for Chicagoland's Future
Joe Carbone - The WorkPlace

Inquiries maybe directed to Rene Bryce-Laporte at brycelaporte@yahoo.com

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April 3, 2014
Washington, DC
Sports and Society Program

Last week, a regional office of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that football players at Northwestern University are employees, based on the amount of hours they are required to spend on their sport, the special rules that apply to them relative to non-athlete students, and their role as a cog in a major commercial enterprise.

 

The leaders of the movement are former Wildcat quarterback Kain Colter and Ramogi Huma, president of the College Athletes Players Association. Both will speak at the Aspen Institute in a conversation moderated by Aspen Institute Sports and Society Program Director Tom Farrey. Also joining the dialogue will be Tom McMillen, former NBA player, Rhodes Scholar and member of the board of regents for the University of Maryland.

There will be limited seating at this event, which is open to media.

 

Related news article and ESPN television profile of Colter

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Society of Fellows
April 3, 2014 - April 4, 2014
Aspen, CO

 

Henry V is one of England's most beloved kings. As one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, it presents the challenges and insights of a young, rising monarch. From ethics to living the values, from the crucible of decision-making to persuading others. This symposium will offer an insider’s view of the play, led by two of the leading Shakespeare experts.

This symposium, customized exclusively for Vanguard Chapter members of the Society of Fellows, examines questions that deepen our understanding of the good life, leadership, and rising to greatness. It will address core leadership questions which have motivated the Aspen Institute’s work for over 60 years. What makes a good life? How do I find satisfaction and meaning? How do I align my life with my values? What are my responsibilities to my family, to my employer, to my community? Through selected readings and text-based dialogue, participants will grapple with these fundamental facets of life, with special attention to the needs and concerns of a peer demographic.

This provocative symposium will deepen your understanding, challenge your thinking, and offer personal renewal as you confront the difficult choices of our ever-changing world. Featuring preparatory readings, lecture, Q&A, multi-media presentations, and roundtable discussion. 

The symposium will be moderated by Carol and Ken Adelman, founders of Movers & Shakespeares, teaching executive leadership lessons with Shakespearean wisdom. Limit 25 participants.

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Society of Fellows
April 4, 2014
New York, NY
Business and Society Program

Teams of MBA students debate the best solution to a complex dilemma in business. Five finalist teams are selected from 25 to compete for the top prize before a distinguished panel of judges and a live audience.

The Business and Society Program supports established and emerging business leaders in putting values at the heart of business. To learn more, visit http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/business-society/about-us.

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Special Event
April 4, 2014
New York, NY, United States
Business and Society Program

The final round of the 2014 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition will take place on April 4th, 2014. This year the event will consist of a 45 minute program and celebratory cocktail reception. 

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Aspen Global Leadership Network
April 7, 2014 - April 13, 2014
TBD

ALI was designed to capture the energy, the talent and the resolve of an emerging generation of leaders in Africa -- leaders who have already realized a certain level of success -- and to inspire them to move from success to significance by engaging in the foremost challenges of their countries and their times with support and confidence.

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Aspen Global Leadership Network
April 7, 2014 - April 13, 2014
TBD

 

The Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) was designed to capture the energy, the talent and the resolve of an emerging generation of leaders in Africa — leaders who have already realized a certain level of success — and to inspire them to move from success to significance by engaging in the foremost challenges of their countries and their times with support and confidence.

ALI/East Africa was launched June of 2002 with an inaugural class of 20 Fellows from Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. The launch of ALI set the pace for a new and passionate search for leadership in East Africa, not just personal leadership and success, but enlightened and values based leaders working toward creating the “good society.”

Moderators include:

  • Keith Berwick 
  • Mariam Luyombo 

To learn more about the Africa Leadership Initiative, visit http://www.aspeninstitute.org/leadership-programs/africa-leadership-initiative.

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Society of Fellows
April 8, 2014
Washington, DC
Communications and Society Program

This Symposium explores the issues and opportunities for people of color with a particular focus on the role of race and racism in the United States. It will touch on issues of institutional racism, personal responsibility, multi-racial and post-racial attitudes, and other related questions within the context of the home, workplace, school, politics and the media. Read More

Society of Fellows
April 8, 2014
London, United Kingdom
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

ANDE will return to London in 2014 for our fifth anniversary! A full-day (10am - 5pm) workshop for members will be followed by a reception at the Shell Foundation Headquarters.

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April 9, 2014
New York
Aspen Global Health and Development

The health and status of women and girls are inextricably linked to the well-being and prosperity of families, communities, and economies. Yet today, nearly 15 years on from the launch of the MDGs, progress on reproductive health lags seriously behind. Approximately 800 women and girls die every day from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth, and 99 percent of these occur in developing countries. Additionally, over 222 million women have an unmet need for modern contraception.

Investing in the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls has never been more critical. The largest-ever cohort of young people is entering their reproductive years, and their access to sexual and reproductive health information and services will have enormous implications for the trajectories of their lives. Advancing the reproductive health of women and girls also pays enormous dividends for development – poverty rates go down, educ ation rates go up and greater prosperity follows. 

The Permanent Mission of Zambia to the United Nations and the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health invite you to join the discussion on how we can ensure that sexual and reproductive health and rights are a priority in the post-2015 development agenda.

Speakers:

 

  • Ms Kula Fofana, Paramount Young Women Initiative Liberia
  • Ms Jessie Nalungwe, youth program officer, Youth Vision Zambia
  • Ms Nana Kuo, senior manager, Every Woman Every Child
  • Mr Chola Chabala, director of National Planning, Ministry of Finance, Zambia
  • Honourable Joy Phumaphi, chair, Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health and former Minister of Health, Botswana

Moderator:

  • Dr Mwaba P. Kasese-Bota, ambassador and permanent representative of Zambia to the United Nations

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April 9, 2014
Economic Opportunities Program

Join the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative for the second webinar in its four-part series on social enterprise. Social enterprises in workforce development are businesses that sells goods or services in the marketplace while also helping disadvantaged workers gain meaningful employment and work experience. Today, landscaping businesses, restaurants, retail establishments and temporary staffing firms are just a few of the types of businesses workforce development organizations have started as social enterprises. While many social enterprises have created positive outcomes for workers, there are many challenges to starting, financing, managing, and sustaining a social enterprise.

In this webinar, social enterprise experts and workforce development leaders will discuss the latest research into social enterprise, as well as their own experience in supporting, starting and growing their businesses. They will also discuss what knowledge and expertise is involved in creating a successful business, what revenues and costs to realistically expect, and how these businesses fit within the activities, strategies, and mission of their workforce organizations.

Moderator:

  • Matt Helmer, senior research associate, Aspen Workforce Strategies Initiative

Speakers:

  • Brenda Palms-Barber, CEO, Sweet Beginnings, LLC 
  • Christina Garcia, managing director, REDF 
  • Elena Fairley, field building and communications manager, Women's Action for Economic Security (WAGES)

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Society of Fellows
April 9, 2014

Join AspenWSI for the second webinar in its four-part series on social enterprise on April 9th at 2:00pm EST. Social enterprises in workforce development are businesses that sell goods or services in the marketplace while also helping disadvantaged workers gain meaningful employment and work experience. Today, landscaping businesses, restaurants, retail establishments, and temporary staffing firms are just a few of the types of businesses workforce development organizations that have started as social enterprises.

While many social enterprises have created positive outcomes for workers, there are many challenges to starting, financing, managing, and sustaining a social enterprise. In this webinar, social enterprise experts and workforce development leaders will discuss the latest research into social enterprise, as well as their own experience in supporting, starting, and growing their businesses. They will also discuss what knowledge and expertise is involved in creating a successful business, what revenues and costs to realistically expect, and how these businesses fit within the activities, strategies, and mission of their workforce organizations.

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April 10, 2014 - April 11, 2014
Washington, DC

Annual Spring Board Meeting of the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees.

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Society of Fellows
April 10, 2014
Washington, DC

Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson invites all Society of Fellows members to our Washington, DC, headquarters for an informative, lively exploration of the Aspen Institute's policy programs.

Since its founding in 1950, the Aspen Institute has utilized the "Aspen Method" of text-based, moderated seminars to explore values, leadership, and the good life. In 2004, Walter Isaacson launched a new strategic vision, building on these core values, expanding our subject-specific policy programs, international partnerships, and a global network of young leaders. Come learn more about our work, help us celebrate our successes, and enter the discussion for yourself.

Senior leadership will provide an overview of the Aspen Institute's 34 Policy programs, which serve as nonpartisan forums for analysis, consensus building, and problem solving on a wide variety of today's leading issues. There will be three separate sessions on a variety of subjects, followed by a private evening reception. Topics, speakers, and schedule will be finalized in the coming weeks.

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Society of Fellows
April 10, 2014
Washington, DC
Justice and Society Program
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the world’s only permanent international court with a mandate to investigate and prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Now in its twelfth year, the Court has grown rapidly in international stature and prestige, yet faces many challenges. Does the ICC deter crimes and foster peace? What responsibilities lie with the ICC in prosecuting mass atrocities committed around the world? Where do states fit into it all, and how can they engage more fully with the ICC? This event is by invitation only. Read More
April 11, 2014 - April 13, 2014
Sao Paolo, Brazil
Aspen Strategy Group

This event is by invitation only.

This is the inaugural meeting of the US-Brazil Strategic Dialogue, a track II dialogue between high-level delegates from the US and Brazil, organized by the Aspen Strategy Group and Centro de Liderança Pública. Read More

April 12, 2014
Washington, DC
Aspen Global Health and Development

It is the great challenge of the 21st century to lift billions from poverty, while coping with a changing climate, frequent crises and greater demands for resources. It is estimated that, by 2050, the world will need to increase food production by 70 percent. Many regions of the world with steep projected declines in agricultural production are the same places that struggle with fast-growing populations, and also a lack of access to family planning and reproductive health services. How can we sustainably and equitably feed a growing world population? The Aspen Food Security Strategy Group and the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health invite you to join our panelists in a discussion about ensuring a sustainable future for the families, communities and countries that are increasingly vulnerable. 

 

Speakers:

  • Jason Clay, Senior Vice President of Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund
  • Clive Mutunga, Family Planning and Environment Technical Advisor, USAID 
  • Salif Niang, Chief Impact Officer, Malô SARL 
  • Joy Phumaphi, Chair of Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health 
  • Meera Shekar, Lead Health and Nutrition Specialist, African Human Development at The World Bank

Moderator:

  • David Monsma, director, Aspen Institute Food Security Strategy Group

This event is part of the Civil Society Policy Forum: 2014 World Bank Spring Meetings. View the full schedule here

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Society of Fellows
April 14, 2014
New York, NY
Aspen Institute Arts Program

Memphis Jookin’ dancer and 2014 Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence of the Aspen Institute Charles “Lil Buck” Riley, and ballet dancer and director Damian Woetzel in a conversation of words and movement. Join these collaborators, arts advocates, educators, and friends as they talk shop about being an artist in the 21st century.

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Society of Fellows
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.

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Society of Fellows
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:

Tragedy and Death (October – December 2013)

Authors: Seneca and Montaigne; Nietzsche and Shakespeare; Strauss

Truth and Knowledge (January 2014 – March 2014)

Authors: Plato and Lucretius; Bacon and Descartes; Derrida and Stoppard

History and Transcendence (April – June 2014)

Authors: Plotinus and Augustine; Kant and Hegel; Eliot and Ortega y Gasset

In some cases we will be considering entire texts (including painting and opera); in other cases we will be looking closely at judiciously-selected excerpts. In all cases, we will strive to:

  • Understand the text on its own terms
  • Put the texts in conversation with one another
  • Reflect on the meaning of each text for how we might understand our own world and live responsibly in it.

The authors and themes are daunting, but together we have an opportunity to revisit prominent authors in the Western intellectual tradition, while also spending some time with less familiar authors and texts.

"Athens to Aspen" will be moderated by Dr. Todd Breyfogle, director of seminars at the Aspen Institute, and will be joined by a rotating cadre of trained moderators from within the group.

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

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Society of Fellows
April 23, 2014
Denver, CO

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

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Socrates Program
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. Read More

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