November 26, 2013
Washington, DC

Roundtable featuring:

Michèle Flournoy, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Co-Chair of the Center for a New America Security


Philip Zelikow, White Burkett Miller Professor of History, Associate Dean for the Graduate School, University of Virginia

Moderated by:

Nicholas Burns, Director, Aspen Strategy Group

Presented in partnership with the Aspen Strategy Group

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

November 25, 2013
Washington, DC
Economic Opportunities Program
Microenterprises, though small, can be a powerful force for creating jobs. Hear from the authors of three "Big Ideas for Jobs" papers who will illustrate the role of microenterprise in creating jobs. The authors will also identify policies that can support microenterprise development. Read More
November 24, 2013

The Celebration of Innovation is a holistic project designed to create economic opportunities for Palestinian youth through entrepreneurship, and in this way, create more jobs and stimulate the Palestinian economy. 

This third annual Celebration of Innovation builds on the experience of the previous two events, incorporating lessons learned and focusing on core sectors in need of new thinking and innovative ideas, as well as the sectors that have been identified as those having the strongest economic potential in Palestine by calling for business ideas in the information and communications technology (ICT), tourism, sustainable energy, education and agriculture sectors. 

Further, this year’s Celebration of Innovation will take place during Palestine’s first Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), a week-long and nation-wide celebration of entrepreneurship, held simultaneously in over 130 countries worldwide.

More information:!celebration-of-innovation/c24le

November 23, 2013 - November 24, 2013
Istanbul, Turkey
Partners for a New Beginning
The PNB Turkey Local Chapter and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) hosted the Partners for a New Beginning Summit, a convening of government, business, civil society, and PNB local leaders from the United States, Turkey, and across our PNB network. Read More
November 22, 2013
Washington, DC

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature best-selling author James Reston Jr. discussing his book "The Accidental Victim: JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald, and the Real Target in Dallas" (Zola Books).

November 22, 2013
Washington , DC
Education and Society Program

Aspen Senior Congressional Education Staff Network will meet at the Dupont Circle Hotel for the event titled, "Federal Policy and K-12 Finance: Ensuring Equity in an Age of Reform."

Attendees include:

  • Jay Chambers, Senior Research Fellow and a Managing Director, Education Program, American Institutes for Research
  • Carl Cohn, Professor and Director, Urban Leadership Program, Claremont Graduate University
  • Matt Hill, Chief Strategy Officer, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Melissa Junge, Partner, Federal Education Group, PLLC
  • Steve Osborn, Assistant Superintendent of Student Programs, Louisiana Department of Education
  • Colleen Riley, Director, Early Childhood, Special Education, and Title Services, Kansas State Department of Education
  • Nancy Connor, Sr. Director Federal Programs, Grants Administration and Budget, Financial Services, Denver Public Schools
  • Jay Chambers, Senior Research Fellow and a Managing Director, Education Program, American Institutes for Research

November 21, 2013
Washington, DC
Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program
The presentation, featuring Dayna Brown, Listening Program director of CDA, will highlight the findings of the Listening Project published in "Time To Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid" in late 2012, as well as lessons from utilizing a collaborative listening methodology, evaluating cumulative impacts, facilitating joint data analysis with aid practitioners and on the current obstacles to using local knowledge as evidence for decision-making. Read More
November 20, 2013
Colorado Springs, CO, United States
Sports and Society Program
Building on our roundtable in September, which focused on the prospects of anchoring our disjointed sports system in the principles of age-appropriate play, this convening will consider a framework for coach training that will help organizations across the US deliver early positive experiences. It is the second of four roundtables in the coming months that will consider the question of how to grow the quality and quantity of community coaches, given the role coaches play in getting and keeping kids engaged in sports. Read More
November 19, 2013 - November 22, 2013
Wye, MD, United States
Business and Society Program
The 2013 First Mover Fellows convene in Wye River, Maryland for their second seminar. Read More
November 14, 2013
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Aspen Global Health and Development
On behalf of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health (GLC), WHO/Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR), and the Implementing Best Practices Initiative (IBP), we are pleased to host an invitation-only technical dialogue on reproductive health innovations and best practices at the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Abba, Ethiopia. Read More
November 13, 2013
San Francisco, CA

Topic: "War: What is it Good For?" 

Short readings from: Sigmund Freud, Alexis de Tocqueville, and David P. Barash

Moderated by Senior Moderator Pete Thigpen 

Invitees: all San Francisco-area Aspen Seminar graduates and friends, and those friends and colleagues who might enjoy--and benefit from--the discussion and meeting Aspen alumni.

For over sixty years, the Aspen Seminar on leadership, values, and the good society has challenged leaders in every field to think more critically and deeply about the good society. For more information, please visit the Aspen Seminars page.

November 13, 2013 - November 15, 2013
Queenstown, MD
Communications and Society Program

This Roundtable aims for fresh thinking and concerted action to move broadband wireless and other spectrum policies to a new level. The agenda typically builds on the summer’'s Conference on Communications Policy.

November 13, 2013 - November 14, 2013
Washington , DC
Inspired by The Atlantic's enduring partnership with the Aspen Institute and Aspen Ideas Festival, the fifth-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
November 13, 2013
Recife, Brazil
Aspen Global Health and Development
The Aspen Institute Health Worker Migration Policy Council announced the 2013 awardees of the Health Worker Migration Policy Council Innovation Award - Rwanda and Ireland for their efforts to strengthen health systems at home and abroad. The Health Worker Migration Policy Council, along with their partners World Health Organization, International Organization for Migration, Global Health Workforce Alliance, Health Workforce Advocacy Alliance and the African Platform on Human Resources for Health, are delighted to recognize Ireland and Rwanda's vision and political will in this area, and to hole them up as models to other countries. Ireland and Rwanda inspire the Council and other countries to be bold and to point towards solutions. Read More
November 13, 2013 - November 15, 2013
Washington, DC
The 2012-2013 Ascend Fellows are twenty dynamic leaders from across the country and across sectors working to elevate two-generation strategies. This event will be a celebration of their accomplishments and a look forward at the opportunities for continued impact on the lives of vulnerable families. Read More
November 12, 2013
Washington , DC
Center for Native American Youth

Please join the Center for Native American Youth for a luncheon dialogue with five inspirational Native American youth. These young leaders – recipients of our 2013 Champions for Change Award – will share their success stories and perspectives on priorities for Indian Country. Former Senator Byron Dorgan will moderate this discussion with youth, policy-makers, and other national stakeholders as we highlight the need for everyone to work together to promote hope and create positive change across Indian Country. A buffet lunch will be served.

Please RSVP for this event here:

November 12, 2013 - November 17, 2013
Arusha, Tanzania
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
November 11, 2013
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, that is, from the ancient period to our contemporary age. Read More
November 11, 2013 - November 17, 2013
Alajuela, Costa Rica


The Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI) is a nonprofit organization that identifies and motivates effective and successful young leaders across Central America, who are capable of guiding their countries as they struggle to align the social and economic demands of the region with local visions of a "good society."

CALI's inaugural class was launched in 2004. The program consists of a set of four, five-to-six-day seminars over 18 months, which explore the unique challenges of leadership in our times, and the journey of each leader as they plan their leadership into the future.

Moderators include: 

  • Harry Stachan
  • Hildegard Vazquez
  • Stace Lindsay 

To learn more about CALI, visit

November 9, 2013
Queenstown, MD

Dan Tangherlini is administrator of the US General Services Administration, "The Collaboration Imperative." He has played a pivotal role in President Barack Obama's agenda to build a more sustainable, responsible, and effective government. GSA is responsible for improving the government's workplace by managing assets, delivering maximum value in acquisition's, preserving historic property and implementing technology solutions. Tangherlini has a long track record of fiscal and management leadership. Before joining GSA, he served as the Treasury's Assistant Secretary for Management, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Performance Officer, making him the principal policy advisor on the development and execution of budget and performance plans for Treasury. he will discuss his view of the GSA and his insights into the government's role in providing effective and efficient service to the American people.