Friday, September 26, 2014 - 8:15am - 9:45am
Washington Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program
Drawing on his experiences with RESULTS and CCL as well as the 20th anniversary edition of his book "Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break between People and Government," Sam Daley-Harris will offer advice about the kinds of support structures and curricula that allowed “ordinary citizens” to become confident advocates for their issues. We’ll discuss the challenge of maintaining morale and celebrating advances in advocacy capacity during challenging periods in an advocacy effort. Read More
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Chicago Sports and Society Program
Any true commitment to broad-based sports participation begins with infrastructure. Fields. Gyms. Rinks. Rec centers. Bike paths. Build, maintain and secure ‘em, or pay the price later. Federal support for such projects took a serious hit in 1980, and it’s never recovered. Today, we see park and rec departments under significant duress — and the rise of private, specialized athletic facilities whose programming is too expensive for many families. Read More
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
New York Aspen Global Health and Development

Sexual and reproductive health and rights are fundamental human rights. They also drive progress towards a broad range of sustainable development goals, including poverty eradication, food security, gender equality, climate change mitigation, economic empowerment, among so many others. Join leaders from around the globe as we galvanize our resolve to put sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, the human rights of women and girls, and the participation of young people at the center of the development agenda.

This event was sponsored by the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health in partnership with High-Level Task Force for ICPD & United Nations Foundation.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 9:30am - 4:00pm
New York City Business and Society Program
Convening of a vanguard of corporate issuers, represented initially by chief financial officers, with select fund managers to discuss ways to better communicate drivers of long-term value to each other and the markets. Read More
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

"Europe and the Reform of the Economic & Monetary Union", moderated by Thomas Westphal, Director General for European Affairs in the Federal Ministry of Finance.

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 8:00am to Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 9:00pm
Boston Education and Society Program

*This event is by invitation only.

This is a meeting of the leads of each urban school district in our standing Literacy Leadership Network.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Terry McMillan needs little introduction to the millions of readers who have enjoyed such bestselling novels as "Waiting to Exhale" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back", both also adapted to film. Her eighth and most recent novel is "Who Asked You?", a story about the burdens and blessings of family.

Terry McMillan is AWF’s Writer in Residence in Woody Creek for two weeks this September (2014), where, in her words “I'll be sequestering from the real world in order to create my own.” She will do a free reading and talk at the Woody Creek Community Center on September 18. The AWF will be giving out free copies of her latest novel at the event.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
San Francisco
Todd Breyfogle, Director of Seminars, will moderate a discussion on Thursday September 18th for our Aspen Seminar alumni, Socrates alumni, and SOF friends. The topic is "Ambition and Discord" and will include short readings from Vaclav Havel and Wisława Szymborska. Read More
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:45am - 2:00pm
Washington Ascend
Please join the Aspen Institute and the National Academy for State Health Policy for the release of “The Affordable Care Act: Affording Two-Generation Approaches to Health.” This publication is the first comprehensive look at the opportunities around the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion to drive better outcomes for children and parents together. Read More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 2:45pm - 3:00pm

*This event is by invitation only.

The Transformative Change Initiative of the University of Illinois and Skills for America’s Future at the Aspen Institute will host the evaluation teams tracking the progress of Trade Adjustment Act Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grants. Focusing on an assessment of employer engagement under TAACCCT, this meeting will explore the nature, extent, and challenges of employer engagement evaluation activities.

Special Guests:

  • Mark Mitsui, deputy assistant secretary, US Dept. of Education; 
  • Erika Liliedahl, senior evaluation specialist, US Dept. of Labor

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 9:00am to Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 5:00pm
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
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Washington Health, Medicine and Society Program
*This event is by invitation only. Healthcare Hotspotting: Innovative Approaches to Caring for Super-Utilizers Dr. Brenner is Executive Director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, which he founded in 2003. Through the Camden Coalition, hospitals, providers, and community residents are working together to build an integrated, health delivery model for Camden residents. Read More
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 10:30am - 2:00pm
San Francisco Energy and Environment Program

The Aspen Institute and James Beard Foundation are offering a new series of conversations on how to change and advance American food and food policy.

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Washington Middle East Programs
The discussion will assess the current avenues for re-engagement and the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the wake of the Gaza conflict and in the context of the broader strategic landscape of the region. The conversation will touch on not only the short term issues such as relief and recovery, but also the broader landscape for moving beyond a ceasefire to a lasting framework for stability that recognizes the ceasefire as an opportunity, not a certainty. This conversation will engage all the stakeholders to move beyond the immediacy of the ceasefire to the broader concerns of relief, recovery, and redevelopment with attention to the critical security needs of Egypt, Israel, and Jordan, and the importance of building a pathway for pluralism. Read More
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 9:00am to Friday, September 19, 2014 - 5:00pm
The goal of the China Fellowship Program is to energize China’s private sector business leaders to step up to this challenge in a meaningful fashion. Read More
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 8:00am to Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:00pm

*Japanese Language Only

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
New York City
Gail Sheehy discusses her life, work and new memoir "Daring: New Passages" with New York Times culture reporter Robin Pogrebin. Read More
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Sunday, September 14, 2014
Moderated by Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President, the Aspen Institute, and Paul Anderson, local author, naturalist, and guide. Read More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
This event is by invitation only. Jim Shelton, deputy secretary of the US Department of Education in conversation with Walter Isaacson President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Read More
Monday, September 8, 2014 - Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Aspen Forum for Community Solutions

The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions in partnership with Neighborhood Funders Group is hosting a convening on Place-Based Philanthropy, Towards a Better Place: A Conversation about Promising Practice in Place Based Philanthropy. The meeting will take place on September 8-10, 2014 at Aspen Meadows. The goal of this meeting is to capitalize on the resurgence of place based grantmaking and address key questions that arise when investing in place. It is our hope that this is truly a beginning conversation that will lead to more in- depth conversations, and ongoing sharing of tools and solutions to help funders (local, state, and national) reexamine the dynamics of their relationships with the communities where they are investing.

This meeting will provide participants with lessons learned from funders who are implementing a collaborative approach to grantmaking in place. A core part of this conversation will include funders learning from local organizations about how their interactions impact their grantees in place. This will provide an opportunity to think about what tools exist to help funders when investing in place. Are there tools that need to be developed? Where are the gaps? What do funders need to help them as they think about committing to specific places?

This event is designed specifically for grantmakers.