Hurst Community Initiative

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Generously funded by Aspen locals, Bob and Soledad Hurst, the Hurst Community Initiative seeks to promote dialogue, increase understanding, and facilitate opportunities for meaningful collaboration. Focused on finding solutions to current issues facing diverse populations, and supporting those hardest hit by the defining challenges of our time, the Hurst Community Initiative is a collaboration among regional elected officials, service agencies, non-profits, private sector, community organizers, government, educational institutions, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, artists, and immigrants – Aspen to Parachute, Colorado. Programs include the Hurst Leadership Seminar, the Community Forum on Local Issues, and regional offerings promoting Institute global programming, civic engagement – and the belief that communities are more resilient when we work together.

The Hurst Community Initiative strategically serves as a bridge between the Aspen Institute’s global programming and regional partners. In early phases 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 (Cohorts 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.

Emphasis: Leadership development, cross-jurisdictional & cross-partisan relationship building.

Community Forum on Local Issues (Cohorts for Elected Officials & Non-Elected Community Leaders)
The Aspen Institute has worked effectively to identify emerging issues and existing trends that affect the long-term economic, social, and environmental well-being of the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys. Diverse groups of local influential leaders, including: elected officials, nonprofit organizations, agencies, task forces, community organizers, citizens, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and immigrants are convened to study issues and promote practical recommendations for long-term solutions.

Emphasis: The recommendation of action-oriented programming, effective strategy, and community-based solutions – with an eye towards viable collaboration.

Shared 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 issues such as inequality, financial instability, access to quality education and opportunity, civic engagement, and a weakening social fabric. Focus on strengthening community through diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Emphasis: Strategically connect Institute programming with regional constituents of the Roaring Fork & Colorado River Valleys.