For the second year, the Aspen Ideas Festival and Youth & Engagement Programs presented the Young Adult Forum at the Aspen Ideas Festival to young people from all over the Roaring Fork Valley, across the United States, and the world. The Forum provided youth under 25 years old an opportunity to engage some of the world’s brightest minds through an interactive evening of presentations, small group dialogue in the style of the traditional Aspen seminar, guided networking, performances, and opportunities to interact with other attendees.
Pete Dominick, host of “Stand Up with Pete Dominick” on SiriusXM’s Insight Channel, emceed the event. Attendees engaged speakers Neal Katyal on the importance of the US constitution; Jonathan Greenblatt and Wajahat Ali on countering stereotypes; Shabana Basij-Rasikh and Liz Dozier on finding one’s purpose and achieving equality in education; Manoush Zomorodi on the neurological effects of our iPhone addiction; and young environmental advocates Esau Sinnok and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.
Check out some highlights from the Forum below, and watch all the action from the 2017 Young Adult Forum on the 2017 Young Adult Forum playlist on the Aspen Institute’s YouTube channel.