In the more than six decades since its founding, the Aspen Institute has grown and evolved in many directions, but it has always held fast to its reputation as the place where policymakers, writers, artists, executives and members of the public can come together to explore the values underpinning society. That reputation, though, is incomplete. From the beginning, the Institute has been driven by a desire to both convene and have real-world impact.

This desire stems from founder Walter Paepcke’s focus on the “good society”—a concept that still lies at the heart of the Institute. The “good society” is not some final destination. Instead, it is an ideal, an aspiration—a continual striving for improvement, individually and collectively, driven by both the ideas we explore and the actions we take.

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