2021 Resnick Aspen Action Forum
RESNICK ASPEN ACTION FORUM
What does it take to lead collectively in this polarized world?
Engage with thinkers and doers including Eric Liu, Amanda Ripley, Marla Blow, Cheryl Dorsey, Deepa Iyer, and many more leaders on the frontlines of tackling issues of polarization, racial injustice, misinformation, the global pandemic, and widening economic inequities during the 2021 Resnick Aspen Action Forum’s two live streams.
Together, let’s explore how we might work across differences to build a more free, just, and equitable future.
The Conversation Line-Up
While the polarization of our current moment may feel unprecedented, its root causes are fundamental to the human condition. Hear from thinkers and doers on the frontlines of polarization to discuss what is new and what is old about the conflicts which communities and organizations find themselves, how technologies of the 21st century have helped the advancement of some while harming many others, and look at the possibilities of building trust among people and institutions.
What are the causes of conflict and polarization? Are they fundamental to human nature or byproducts of the systems we have engineered for ourselves? In this discussion, explore the root causes of high conflict situations and learn how you can transcend them in order to have more sustainable relationships and “better arguments”.
We are living through a time where faith and trust in our institutions – and each other – are actively being eroded. Vivian Schiller, Executive Director of Aspen Digital, moderates a discussion with members of the Aspen Commission on Information Disorder and AGLN Fellows to explore the crisis of disinformation and how we, as leaders, can combat the pandemic of “truth decay”.
What is the link between financial security and social stability? In this spark conversation, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth Founder Shamina Singh (Henry Crown Fellow) and newly elected St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones (Rodel Fellow) will talk about the connections between financial security – for individuals, households, and small businesses – and the imperative to build more equitable, sustainable and stable communities. Inclusion happens by design, not by default, and it matters very much who the designers are. Hear from two AGLN Fellows who are working to design more inclusive economic growth.
The social fabric in many of our societies has been stretched to its limit. In some cases, it is completely torn. How do we weave it back together and build trust among our communities? In this conversation, explore the solutions that are helping to build the kind of societal trust that is fundamental for a more free, just, and equitable world.
Collective Leadership: What does it take?
How do we each fit into the mosaic of social change? What are practical ways to channel our energy in service of a brighter future? Hear from global leaders and young people on how they’re mobilizing toward social change.
What does your social change ecosystem look like? What roles are you playing as you work to have an impact? In this conversation, join Deepa Iyer, Strategic Advisor at Building Movement Project and Director of Solidarity Is, to explore how we might lead sustainably with others.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” What does it take to lead collectively? In this conversation, learn from Henry Crown Fellow Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green, what it takes to connect and mobilize an ecosystem of changemakers and what lessons we can take into our own work.
Henry Crown Fellow and 2018 McNulty Prize winner Mehrdad Baghai has developed an innovative learning model to inoculate young people against hate through his venture High Resolves. Founded in Australia, the program has spread across contexts and continents to deliver high-quality experiences for youth around the world. The proliferation of High Resolves is an inspiring example of how one Fellow tapped the network to scale a highly effective solution. In this conversation, hear Mehrdad’s on how he, alongside other AGLN Fellows, have taken the High Resolves model global.