Obesity, Hunger, and the Implications of the Farm Bill on the Chesapeake Bay

April 24, 2014
Wye River, MD

This event is by invitation only.

The Wye Fellows will join The Atlantic's Food Editor Corby Kummer in conversation to discuss the larger implications of the recently passed Farm Bill for the country, and for the Chesapeake Bay Region, in specific. Mr. Kummer will also speak about the current state of the obesity epidemic.

April 24, 2014
Wye River, MD

This event is by invitation only.

The Wye Fellows will join The Atlantic's Food Editor Corby Kummer in conversation to discuss the larger implications of the recently passed Farm Bill for the country, and for the Chesapeake Bay Region, in specific. Mr. Kummer will also speak about the current state of the obesity epidemic.

April 24, 2014
Washington, DC
Economic Opportunities Program

This is a closed event to discuss the Community College Workforce Consortium.

April 23, 2014
Denver, CO

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

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. Read More
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.

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.

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

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.

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.
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.

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

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

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.

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)

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

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.

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.

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.

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. Read More
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. Currently, MBA students at 25 business schools located around the world are competing in on-campus competitions. The top 5 student teams will be flown to NYC to compete in the finals, where they'll vie for over $30,000 in scholarship money and the honor of having their school crowned as the 2014 winner. Register
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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