March 4, 2014
Aspen, CO

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2014 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include defense technology, Israel and the US and Turkey’s challenges, the Islamic Awakening, energy independence, food and climate, China’s foreign policy, and US trade policy.

This week's topic: Food and Climate

Even as a sixth of the world’s population suffers from chronic hunger, a changing climate threatens to wreak havoc on already insecure and vulnerable populations. As food and water become scarce and once fertile land becomes barren, the U.S. finds itself faced with new challenges in securing the globe. The U.S. is getting ready, but can it lead the way to climate reform?

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. The Great Decisions program is now full.

March 4, 2014
Washington, DC
Initiative on Financial Security
Retirement savings are a key to building wealth, strengthening the middle class, and building a greater measure of financial security for all Americans. Current policy rewards employers, financial institutions, and workers for saving, but millions still remain outside of the savings system and a crisis of retirement insecurity looms. The briefing "Working Towards a Secure Retirement: Strengthening our Nation's Savings System" will examine the policies that can be advanced to enable all Americans to achieve lifelong financial security. Read More
March 4, 2014
Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)

This event is full and we are no longer able to accept registrations. You can watch the event via livestream here: w​w​w​.​a​s​p​e​n​i​n​s​t​i​t​u​t​e​.​o​r​g​/​l​i​v​e​

The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation and Social Finance US are co-hosting an event to celebrate the launch of Social Finance's latest white paper, "Foundations for Social Impact Bonds: How and Why Philanthropy is Catalyzing the Development of a New Market."

Social Finance US will present the research findings followed by a panel discussion that explores the catalytic role foundations have played in the market and what role they may play as the market matures.

Speakers: 

  • Tracy Palandjian, CEO and co-founder, Social Finance US
  • Jonathan Greenblatt, director, White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation
  • Surya Kolluri, managing director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Bill Pinakiewicz, vice president, Nonprofit Finance Fund 
  • Jane Hughes, director of knowledge management, Social Finance US
  • Moderator: Kippy Joseph, associate director, innovation, Rockefeller Foundation

March 3, 2014 - March 6, 2014
Austin, TX
Communications and Society Program

 

Announcement of Task Force recommendations
March 2, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States
Business and Society Program
Charles Duhigg will speak on the role of habits in organizational life – how they develop and how they change. (Book signing to follow) Read More
March 1, 2014 - March 6, 2014
Moganshan, China

Fellows from across the Aspen Global Leadership Network, all of whom will have attended both The Challenge of Leadership Seminar as well as The Aspen Seminar, attend the Leading in an Era of Globalization seminar. In the former, Fellows were asked to reflect on the attributes of “effective, enlightened leadership”; in the latter, on the concept of the Good Society. In this seminar, they will explore the challenges placed at their feet as leaders in a period of increasing interconnectedness.

Moderators include:

  • Dele Olojede
  • Watanan Petersik
  • Christopher Varelas

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is comprised of highly successful entrepreneurial leaders with a focus on values and sights on creating a better society. To learn more about this network, visit http://www.aspeninstitute.org/leadership.

March 1, 2014 - March 6, 2014
Aspen, CO
Fellows from across the Aspen Global Leadership Network, all of whom will have attended both The Challenge of Leadership Seminar as well as The Aspen Seminar, attend the Leading in an Era of Globalization seminar. In the former, Fellows were asked to reflect on the attributes of “effective, enlightened leadership”; in the latter, on the concept of the Good Society. In this seminar, they will explore the challenges placed at their feet as leaders in a period of increasing interconnectedness. Read More
March 1, 2014
Denver, CO

The Aspen challenge completion Day is where the students present their solutions.

February 28, 2014 - March 2, 2014
Italy
February 27, 2014
San Francisco, CA, United States

Featuring Sal Khan, founder, Khan Academy.
The Morris Series is made possible by a generous donation from Aspen Institute Trustee Diane L. Morris. This new Series will bring the mission and work of the Institute to an invited group of supporters, friends, and new audiences in the San Francisco area. The Series will address innovation and technology with an underlying theme of leadership based on enduring values and nonpartisan exchange.

February 27, 2014
Washington, DC
Health, Medicine and Society Program

The Aspen Institute and The Advisory Board Company are proud to present the Care Innovation Summit 2014. The Summit will convene policymakers, providers, and leading innovators to explore opportunities to drive higher-value care and better health for individuals and populations.

Keynote by: Kathleen Sebelius, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services

Featured Speakers include:

  • Jeffrey Brenner, MD, Director, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
  • Patrick Conway, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Senator Thomas Daschle, former Senate Majority Leader
  • Kathy Hudson, PhD, Deputy Director for Science, Outreach, and Policy, National Institutes of Health 
  • Ken Davis, MD, President and CEO, Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Senator William Frist, MD, former Senate Majority Leader
  • Claudia Grossmann, PhD, Senior Program Officer, Institute of Medicine
  • David Lansky, PhD, President and CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health
  • Farzad Mostashari, MD, Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institute, former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
  • Peter Orszag, PhD, MsC, Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking, Citigroup
  • Thomas A. Scully, JD, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Murray Sheldon, MD, Associate Director of Technology and Innovation at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, US Food and Drug Administration

February 27, 2014 - February 28, 2014
Evanston, IL
Business and Society Program
Filling the Governance Gap: Aligning Enterprise and Advocacy Read More
February 27, 2014 - March 2, 2014
Aspen, CO
Business and Society Program
The First Movers Summit explores business innovations with social and environmental benefits. Read More
February 26, 2014
Aspen, CO

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 will feature authors including Plato, Rousseau, Kant, Jung, Hume and others. Senior Aspen Institute moderator Pete Thigpen will lead the series. Pete spent 15 years studying with Mortimer Adler, co-founder of the Great Books Foundation, and has been moderating the Aspen Institute’s executive seminar since 1989. 

Fee: $195, includes readings and light refreshments. The Great Books program is now full.

February 26, 2014
Washington, DC

*This event is by invitation only.

The Washington Ideas Roundtable Series and The Aspen Democracy Series host a lunchtime dialogue focusing on No Label’s recently released e-book, "No Labels: A Shared Vision for a Stronger America."

Featuring No Labels Co-Founders:

  • Ron Christie, CEO, Christie Strategies
  • William A. Galston, senior fellow, governance studies, The Brookings Institution
  • Mark Penn, executive vice president, advertising and strategy, Microsoft

Co-Moderated by:

  • Mickey Edwards, executive director, Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership
  • Dan Glickman, executive director, Aspen Institute Congressional Program

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

February 26, 2014
Mountain View, CA
Sports and Society Program

Technology is often blamed for sedentary behavior, including falling participation rates in team sports among children. But technology isn't going away. So how do we use tech as an asset, and reduce the barriers to access to an early positive sports experience? This one-day roundtable will convene leaders from the realms of technology, business innovation, and academia to change the game for kids and youth sports, one of the few industries whose model has yet to be disrupted (for the better) by technology. 

Underwritten by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and hosted by Google, the roundtable will serve to:

  • Develop thought around five cutting-edge tech ideas that can get more kids engaged in sports
  • Lay the groundwork for collaborations and partnerships that can turn those ideas into action
  • Inform the recommendations that will be made in the Project Play report, delivered in late 2014

Additionally at the event, we will explore opportunities within two specific areas: The summer break when school sport opportunities are not available; and interval training as a means of delivering physical activity.

February 26, 2014 - March 2, 2014
Park City, UT
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 with the opportunity to reflect on the values and tensions involved in effective and enlightened leadership across the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Read More
February 25, 2014
Aspen, CO

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2014 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include defense technology, Israel and the US and Turkey’s challenges, the Islamic Awakening, energy independence, food and climate, China’s foreign policy, and US trade policy.

This week's topic: Energy Independence

Energy independence, by taking the bargaining chip of oil dependence off the table, would be good for American foreign policy. But the very technological advances that make independence possible have created a dilemma for lawmakers. In a government with fixed resources, should the U.S. encourage more traditional fuel production or invest in the young technology of renewable resources?

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. The Great Decisions program is now full.


February 25, 2014
Aspen, CO
Aspen Writers' Foundation
Winter Words is a series of readings and talks featuring prominent contemporary writers. Acclaimed authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and memoir read from their work and discuss topics that range from the creative process to the role of art in today's world. Read More

Pages