Generously funded by Bob and Soledad Hurst, the Hurst Community Initiative seeks to promote dialogue, increase understanding, and facilitate opportunities for meaningful collaboration – among the communities of the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys (Aspen to Parachute, Colorado).

We believe that individuals are most resilient as integral members of communities that promote equity, inherent belonging and civic engagement.

The focus of our work is on substantively and measurably improving quality of life for those among us who are hardest hit by the defining challenges of our time – and helping to evolve the social and systemic mechanisms that perpetuate those challenges.

We partner with elected officials; municipal, county and state governments; nonprofit organizations; inter-agency task forces; educational institutions; community organizers; entrepreneurs; businesses; citizens; immigrants; philanthropists; industry experts; social innovators; and policy program departments of the Aspen Institute. The Hurst Community Initiative serves as a strategic conduit between the Aspen Institute’s global programming and the communities of Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield Counties.

In the early stages of launching the Hurst Community Initiative, the Aspen Institute will facilitate and assess the impact of the following initiatives:

Hurst Leadership Seminar: A Leadership and Values Seminar (for Elected-Officials & Non-Elected Community Leaders)
These seminars will leverage the power of local officials and non-elected community leaders to effect public policy, while staying true to the values that define a good society.
Focus: Values-based leadership, and building cross-jurisdictional & cross-partisan relationships.

Regional Forum on Local Issues (for Elected Officials & Non-Elected Community Leaders)
The Aspen Institute has worked effectively to identify emerging issues and existing trends that can help influence the long-term economic, social, and environmental well-being of the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys. Diverse groups of local influential leaders and industry innovators are convened to study issues and promote practical recommendations for long-term solutions.
Focus: Action-oriented programming, effective strategy, and community-based solutions – with an emphasis on viable collaboration and building long-term resiliency in the region.

Ongoing Community Programming (Sharing Programs of the Aspen Institute with Communities of the Roaring Fork & Colorado River Valleys)
The Institute’s global policy programs are working in communities around the world and across the United States to develop strategies that solve complex issues. Working in close collaboration with these policy programs, the Hurst Community Initiative supports grassroots projects that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, anti-racism, and civic engagement.


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