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Aspen Ideas Festival Social Media Recap: Day 3

June 30, 2014  • Kara Burney, Guest Blogger

Fest 1 of the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival has brought more insights and inspirations to the Aspen Meadows campus, many of which are being circulated and shared on social media. Here are the latest takeaways from the first three days of the Festival that have resonated most with audiences in Aspen, CO, and beyond.

Walter Isaacson on The Importance of “Will Violence be Our Legacy?”

The Aspen Institute’s President and CEO Walter Isaacson took to Twitter to share the complete video footage from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s speech,“Will Violence be Our Legacy?” The tutorial took place less than 12 hours before a shocking French Quarter shooting of seven, moving Isaacson to dub Landrieu’s session on ending violence in the streets of America “the most important speech at Aspen Ideas Festival this year.”

Dr. Nancy Andreasen on Secrets of the Creative Brain

Dr. Nancy Andreasen, a leading neuroscientist and psychiatrist at the University of Iowa, has dedicated her career to understanding the intersection of creativity, genius, and mental illness, research that was informed in part by the many exceptional creative minds that participated in a study she conducted at the University of Iowa.

Andreasen shared insights and breakthroughs from her decades-long research with Festival attendees in a session titled Secrets of the Creative Brain. This tweeted takeaway from her session, which challenges our “eureka-moment” understanding of the creative process, is one of the Institute’s most popular tweets from the festival thus far.

Lil Buck and Robert DeNiro at Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.

Charles “Lil Buck” Riley, one of the Institute’s Harman-Eisner Artists-in-Residence, snagged a photo with his “#farfromordinary” friends Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal at the screening and discussion of the documentary Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr., in which the actor narrates the trajectory of his father’s career as an artist.

Brian Knappenberger Shares The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

In advance of the screening and discussion of his documentary on programming prodigy-turned information activist Aaron Swartz, director Brian Knappenberger engaged in some online information-sharing of his own. Knappenberger tweeted this link to aid interested viewers in downloading the film internationally.

Timothy O’Reilly’s Tweeted Takeaways from Festival Session Featuring Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky

Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky spoke with Brooking Institution’s Jennifer Bradley about the sharing economy and its disruptive role in redefining our sense of commerce and community. Chesky spoke about Airbnb’s role in challenging our romantic notions of ownership — and fellow Festival speaker Tim O’Reilly took note. Take a look at O’Reilly’s live-tweets from the session below.

Which Aspen Ideas inspired you? Use the hashtag #AspenIdeas to share the festival insights that resonate most.

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