Great Books Series

January 28, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

Each year community members come together to engage in lively and rigorous exploration of the Great Books as well as other significant contemporary works. This 5-week series features authors including Montaigne, Kant, Sartre, Freud, Camus, Seneca and others. Aspen Institute moderator Stephen Holley will lead the series. An alumnus of the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar, Stephen has moderated several Institute programs including custom seminars for corporate clients, Athens to Aspen, and has trained to lead our new Life Reimagined Seminars.

Fee: $195, includes readings and light refreshments.

Great Books is currently full. If you're interested in joining the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org.

January 28, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

Each year community members come together to engage in lively and rigorous exploration of the Great Books as well as other significant contemporary works. This 5-week series features authors including Montaigne, Kant, Sartre, Freud, Camus, Seneca and others. Aspen Institute moderator Stephen Holley will lead the series. An alumnus of the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar, Stephen has moderated several Institute programs including custom seminars for corporate clients, Athens to Aspen, and has trained to lead our new Life Reimagined Seminars.

Fee: $195, includes readings and light refreshments.

Great Books is currently full. If you're interested in joining the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org.

January 28, 2015
New York, NY

*This event is by invitation only.

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.

General (ret.) Wesley K. Clark is a distinguished fellow at UCLA’s Burkle Center and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. In 2004, Clark campaigned for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. He is chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm, and is the author of "Winning Modern Wars," "Waging Modern War," and "A Time to Lead." Clark is the recipient of many awards, including the Purple Heart and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

January 27, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2015 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, and Brazil’s Metamorphosis.

This week's topic is Russia and the Near Abroad. 

As calls for closer ties with the EU failed to be met, Ukrainians took to the streets in in November 2013. As the movement later known as the Euromaidan, or “Euro Square,” pulled western Ukraine closer to its European neighbors, another powerful force threatened to tear away the country’s eastern half: Russia. Putin’s pushback against European expansionism has the West wondering: If Putin’s Russia isn’t afraid to take an aggressive stance against Europeanization in Ukraine, what does that mean for the rest of Russia’s neighbors?

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments.

Registration is now open.

January 27, 2015
Washington, DC

*This event is by invitation only. This event is open to Society of Fellows members only.

DATE CHANGE: The date of this event has been changed from Wednesday, January 28 to Tuesday, January 27. 

This discussion reception will feature the Aspen Challenge program, a platform for young students to design solutions to some of the most critical problems we face. Equipped with tools and support from pioneering leaders in a variety of fields, teams present their solutions in a daylong competition. Winning teams are then selected to showcase their work at the Aspen Ideas Festival. After successful programs in Los Angeles and Denver, the Aspen Challenge will expand to Washington DC in 2015.

January 27, 2015
Economic Opportunities Program
About this Webinar:
The sharing economy is quickly expanding in the US and globally.  Often referred to as the “gig economy” or “on-demand economy,” this dynamic collection of online business platforms facilitates a wide variety of exchanges including of property, skills, labor, and space. Common examples include Airbnb (rent a room or your house), Uber (provide rides), TaskRabbit (do chores for others), and Instacart (be a personal grocery shopper). The Economic Opportunities Program recently hosted a panel discussion of the pro’s and con’s of the sharing economy for workers, and one panelist from the UK pointed to a new model that could improve these work markets for workers.  With support from the UK government and foundations, Beyond Jobs – an organization in the UK with a mission to unleash a 21st century model of irregular work – has developed an online platform that goes beyond today’s diffused and disconnected sharing economy platforms by creating a centralized database aggregating opportunities and vetted workers.  It has the potential to provide a more efficient, predictable, and easier-to-use platform for both workers and consumers. In this webinar, Wingham Rowan, director of Beyond Jobs, provided a background on the platform, gave a tour of the site, discussed potential application in the United States, and answered participant questions. 

Featuring:
Wingham Rowan, director, Beyond Jobs

Find Related Resources
During the webinar, participants expressed great interest in topics related to the challenges workers face in the sharing economy and ideas for improving the quality of these jobs.  We have posted slides from the actual presentation on January 27, 2015, see the webinar slideshow. The Working in America series held a discussion on December 2, 2014 that addressed some of these questions.  Watch the discussion and find related resources here.  

This event is part of the Working in America series.

  

January 24, 2015
San Fernando, CA, United States

*This event is by invitation only.

For the third year, the Aspen Challenge will kick off in Los Angeles with a forum for students and teachers from partner high schools. At the forum, leaders pioneering change to some of the world’s most pressing issues present challenges to the teams. Following the forum, teams will have seven weeks to design a solution to their selected challenge. They will reconvene to present their solutions on stage in a daylong competition, and one team will be selected to advance and showcase their work at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

January 21, 2015
Washington, DC, United States
The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Peter Orszag, former director of the Office of Management and Budget and John Bridgeland, former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council discussing their latest book Moneyball for Government (Disruption Books). Read More
January 20, 2015
San Francisco, CA, United States

This event is at capacity. We cannot take any more registrations at this time.

*This event is invitation only. This event is open to Society of Fellows members only.

Featuring Ken Burns, Award-winning documentary filmmaker.

January 18, 2015 - January 25, 2015
Chile
Energy and Environment Program

This experiential seminar will introduce participants to the debates and changes surrounding conservation, and will include readings from the Energy and Environment Program’s Nature and Society Seminar.

Our goal is to offer a platform for global thinkers and leaders to explore conservation and human well-being in the context of Chile’s rich natural resources. Participants will share their ideas about how economic development and natural resource protection is interconnected, and discuss past successes and ongoing obstacles to conservation.

This seminar will be led by The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Scientist Peter Kareiva and Aspen Institute Energy & Environment Program Director David Monsma. 

Contact Nicole Buckley for more details.

January 12, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States
Marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this seminar series will use the Bard as a lens through which to frame the Enlightenment ideas and ideals that shape the American Democratic Experiment. Following the structure of “Athens to Aspen”, the curriculum will comprise three, three-month thematic modules, each drawing upon: texts from the European Enlightenment, a Shakespeare play, and text about American politics and culture. Read More
January 12, 2015 - January 17, 2015
Silicon Valley, CA, United States

In association with the Blackstone Foundation, Middle East Programs (MEP) is pleased to host its first week-long mentorship program for promising entrepreneurs from the Middle East and North Africa. Through a week-long educational curriculum featuring experts in tech and business-building, ten leaders of fast-growing ventures will confront their greatest obstacles and channels for growth.

To learn more please visit The Aspen-Blackstone Middle East Entrepreneurship Program (MEEP) website, here.

January 9, 2015
Queenstown, MD

Open to Aspen Wye Fellows only.

Anthony J. Principi, former Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (2001-2005), will lead a strategic discussion of what veterans’ rights should be and what the US can afford understanding the obligations owed its veterans. Mr. Principi will also address the recent challenges facing the Veterans Administration.

January 8, 2015
Denver, CO, United States

*This event is by invitation only.

For the second year, the Aspen Challenge: Denver will kick off with a forum for students and teachers from 21 high schools across the city. At the forum, leaders pioneering change to some of the world’s most pressing issues present challenges to the teams. Following the forum, teams will have seven weeks to design a solution to their selected challenge. They will reconvene and present their solutions on stage in a daylong competition, and one team will be selected to advance and showcase their work at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

January 7, 2015
New York, NY
Business and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only.

Purpose & Background: The Aspen Institute seeks to convene a vanguard of corporate issuers, represented initially by CFOs, with select fund managers to discuss ways to better communicate drivers of long-term value to each other and the markets. 

This endeavor builds on a decade of work by the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, where Aspen BSP has engaged diverse corporate executives, investors, academics, and governance experts. 

January 7, 2015 - January 11, 2015
TBD
The Pahara-Aspen Fellowship seeks to strengthen and sustain diverse, high-potential leaders who are reimagining public education. Using a time-tested method of text-based dialogue, the program provides participants the opportunity to reflect on the values and tensions involved in effective and enlightened leadership across the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Read More
January 6, 2015
Aspen, CO, United States
Literary fiction, investigative journalism, cultural reflection, poetry … Winter Words 2015 has it all. This year’s series features some of the most heralded and innovative writers of our time. Please join us at Paepcke auditorium for five evenings of readings, musings, and conversations designed to challenge, surprise and delight. Read More
December 29, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States

The annual Aspen Institute Holiday Reception will feature remarks by Aspen Institute trustee Mike Bezos and Jackie Bezos, founders of the Aspen Challenge and the Bezos Scholars Program.

December 22, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States

*This event is by invitation only. This event is for Vanguard Chapter Society of Fellows members only.

In an increasingly fragmented society, where does one seek inspiration? Whose stories and examples offer trustworthy patterns for a life well lived? This intimate evening discussion will be led by a panel of Aspen Institute trustees, including Arjun Gupta, Chairman Emeritus Ann Korologos, and Chairman Emeritus Bill Mayer, who will offer personal reflections on sources of hope, renewal, and inspiration.

December 18, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States

Electronic healthcare records, immigration reform, data anchoring, cyber and mobile security. Can the government make it work? David Zolet, a Washington technology expert, thinks so, and has examples to prove his point. What works, he contends, is for government to move from product-based to consumption-based service models, whether to give real-time data to our troops in the field, to offer healthcare to citizens, or to optimize financial systems. Zolet, executive vice president of the government arm of next-gen IT provider, CSC, will share successes, lessons learned, three main points for making government work. After earning two Master degrees -- an MBA from the Wharton Business School and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins, Zolet began his twenty-plus year career in government services. Along the way, he worked for Northrop Grumman, IBM and now CSC, where he runs a $4.1 billion business unit supporting f ederal, state and local government agencies.

There will be a short reception beginning at 5:30 preceeding the program which begins at 6:00 pm.

Complimentary for Fellows and Aspen Community Friends and Subscribers. Donors may reserve tickets by emailing SOF@aspeninstitute.org. 
Fee: $20.

December 17, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States
Featuring Goldie Hawn, Academy Award-winning actress, producer, author, child advocate and philanthropist. Ms. Hawn will speak about her ground-breaking MindUP™ program, the result of 10 years of collaboration with neuroscientists, educators, psychologists and experts in the field of mindful awareness training. The signature initiative of The Hawn Foundation, MindUP™ is a social and emotional literacy curriculum and training program which currently serves children and schools across five continents. Accredited by CASEL, MindUP™ equips children, educators and parents with vital social and emotional literacy skills, helping them increase focus, improve academic performance, reduce stress, and gain emotional resilience and optimism. Read More

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