Our Mission
  • The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

    Our Mission

    IDEAS
    Spark intellectual inquiry and exchange, connecting new concepts to timeless values

    LEADERSHIP
    Create a diverse worldwide community of leaders committed to the greater good

    ACTION
    Provide a nonpartisan forum for reaching solutions on vital public policy issues

    What We Do

    POLICY PROGRAMS
    Nonpartisan initiatives that drive dialogue and action on today’s challenges

    LEADERSHIP INITIATIVES
    Multi-year programs where leaders explore their core values to drive action in their communities and businesses

    CONFERENCES & EVENTS
    Opportunities for the public to engage with experts and each other

    YOUTH & ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS
    Initiatives that develop values-driven young leaders and activate the next generation of citizens

    SEMINARS
    Small gatherings where experts and leaders reflect, connect, and share ideas

    INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
    A network of partners that address global challenges and develop values-based leaders

    MEDIA RESOURCES
    Digital content and publications that promote innovative thinking and solutions

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    From the stimulation of the Ideas Festival, to the projects conceived at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum, to deep policy studies done at our roundtables, the Aspen Institute brings together people with different outlooks to search for common ground and make the world a better place.

    — Walter Isaacson, President and CEO