Fall Board of Trustees Meetings. Read More
The third in a series of roundtables of scholars and business practitioners on the purpose of the corporation.
By invitation only.Read More
On November 1, 2012, the Aspen Institute will host the 29th Annual Awards Dinner at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The dinner will be chaired by Mrs. Mercedes T. Bass.
Not even a week after Hurricane Sandy, more than 80 Socrates guests gathered at the Roosevelt House for an evening reception with opening remarks from Walter Isaacson, followed by a conversation on the American dream with Jack Goldstone and Hedrick Smith, moderated by Elliot Gerson. The next day 30 participants, including members from Aspen France and Aspen España spent the day discussing the ability to rebuild the American dream.
The strength of the U.S. middle class as producers, consumers, and economic drivers ¬has long been critical to the American national identity and to U.S. economic growth. Today some 90 percent of Americans self-identify as "middle class." However many middle class Americans today feel beset by stagnant wages and salaries, job losses, the increasing burden of paying for their own retirement and health care, and are vulnerable to new economic insecurities from technological change and globalization. Is this just a temporary setback for the American workforce or is the dream of a better life for Americans and their children moving out of reach? What changes in U.S. policies and the American business ethos have contributed to the waning of the American Dream and how can we rekindle it? Can new economic and labor policies open new frontiers for progress? This seminar will examine the prospects for the American Dream to be restored, and how the upcoming elections may shape the future. Read More
The Fall 2012 Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell discussing his recently published book 'It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership' (Harper).Read More
While Amman is increasingly becoming home to a growing number of internet start-ups, Jordan and the MENA region do not yet have an ecosystem for angel investment.Read More
The Bucharest Economic Forum is a two-day event starting on the November 8, which gathers foreign investors, representatives of the Romanian business sector, large corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises and high-ranking officials. It will bring an important contribution to the debates on economic public policy formulation in Romania and the region.Read More
The Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Program and AGT International will be hosting a post-election discussion of the implications of the 2012 U.S. presidential election on U.S. national security policy at The Four Season featuring former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson. Read More
Eboo Patel will discuss his latest book, Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America at the Aspen Institute on Tuesday, 13 November.Read More
The 2012 First Mover Fellows convene in Wye River, Maryland for their second seminar. By invitation only.Read More
Leading in an Era of GlobalizationRead More
Inspired by The Atlantic's enduring partnership with the Aspen Ideas Festival, the fourth-annual Washington Ideas Forum gathers an audience of 600 people, including government officials, top business executives, global thought leaders, academics, and celebrities. It is the place to hear - and meet - the most prominent thinkers of our time. Read More
This is the fifth conversation in a roundtable series in 2012 titled "Reinventing Low Wage Work: Ideas That Can Work for Employees, Employers and the Economy." Low wage jobs are a growing part of the U.S.Read More
The Aspen Seminar is the pillar of the common activity of the Aspen International Network, challenging for more than 60 years leaders in all fields to think more critically and deeply about the good society. As it rests on a specific method that requires specialized and top quality moderation, we have the honor of having as moderator Dr.Read More
This is the annual PNB-NAPEO Advisory Board meeting which will be taking place at The Aspen Institute in Washington, DC.
This meeting is to discuss the status of projects metrics as well as upcoming events.Read More
"Harvest of Empire" is a feature-length documentary that examines the connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist Juan González, the film takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. military actions and economic interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape. "Harvest of Empire" unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the United States. Read More
Roundtable featuring Arthur Bloom, Founder, Musicorps; The Honorable Rocco Landesman, Chair, National Endowment for the Arts; Cmdr. Moira McGuire, Clinical Care Coordinator, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; and Damian Woetzel, Director, Aspen Institute Arts Program.
The lives and families of today's military are being impacted by a unique set of challenges associated with the signature wounds of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; traumatic brain injury and psychological health issues, including post-traumatic stress. Many have turned to alternative rehabilitation, particularly different types of creative arts encounters. The military has increasingly looked toward creative arts programs to work in addressing the needs of returning servicemen and women, and many artists and arts organizations have taken on this charge as well. This discussion, part of the Washington Roundtable Series 2012, will explore the potential of the arts to serve as part of a broader solution in healing and healthcare for wounded service men and women. Read More
Senator Byron Dorgan and the Center for Native American Youth invite you to celebrate National Native American Heritage Month by hearing the inspirational stories of our youngest First Americans. The event will be a dialogue about the importance of portraying Native children in a positive light and sharing positive stories in Indian Country.Read More
Join us for this exciting new series! Over two years the group will explore six paired themes—perennial human themes which have shaped our world—as they have been taken up from Athens to Aspen, that is, from the ancient period to our contemporary age.
Campaign season is over, and the focus now shifts to implementing a new vision for America. Today's technological advances offer opportunities to reduce debt, grow the economy, and position America as the most innovative nation on Earth. Moving past partisan politics and towards agreement is the only path to sustainable growth and productivity. Read More
The U.S. Department of State and the Aspen Institute hosted the formal launch of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise at the Department’s George C. Marshall Center on Tuesday, November 27th. Representatives from the 22 founding organizations as well as approximately 150 private sector executives, senior government officials, and non-profit organizations participated in the event.
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world, largely women, participate in the artisan sector. Behind agriculture, artisan activity is the second largest employer and in the developing world, often the primary means of income. However, the value chain for artisan enterprises is fragmented and fraught with barriers that inhibit greater economic value and returns from occurring. To address these challenges, the Aspen Institute is launching the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, a platform enabling companies, non-profits, governments, and international organizations to collaborate to support and grow artisan enterprises, provide best practice services to the organizations that support them, and to support the broader recognition of the importance of the artisan sector to development, economic growth and preservation of cultural heritage.
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer and Executive Vice President of Policy and Public Programs, Elliot Gerson for the Aspen Institute, officially launched the Alliance and delivered opening keynote remarks. Following their remarks, members of the Alliance, including west elm, Walmart, USAID, the International Folk Art Market-Santa Fe, and Global Goods Partners discussed the economic value that artisans provide, critical barriers in the supply chain, areas of opportunity, and innovative collaborations the Alliance will leverage in order to expand market access for artisans globally. The event fell on Fair Tuesday, a response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, illustrating the power consumers can have in changing the lives of a community by purchasing one fair trade item.
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