Our Purpose

We ignite human potential to build understanding and create new possibilities for a better world.

Our Mission

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world.

  • We bring together thoughtful people with diverse backgrounds and points of view.

    We cultivate and support values-based, purpose-driven leaders in many communities.

    We turn ideas into action and impact for individuals and society.


    CONFERENCES & EVENTS that invite the public to engage with experts and each other

    PROGRAMS that drive change on global and domestic challenges

    LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS that build networks of values-based leaders that drive action in their communities and businesses

    YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS that foster civic engagement and active citizenship among young leaders

    SEMINARS in which experts and leaders reflect, connect, and share ideas

    INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS in 11 nations that address global challenges and develop civil society

    MEDIA RESOURCES that promote innovative thinking and solutions


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