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Aspen Ideas Festival

In DC, Each Education Challenge Represents An Opportunity To Innovate

Kaya Henderson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Kaya Henderson

We have set the tone in the district over the past several years with a motto of "we are DCPS and we can do this." Over the coming weeks, our students will take the Aspen Challenge head on, and I am going to be squarely in their corner cheering them on.

Ex-Kroger CEO Admits He Was Paid A 'Ludicrous' Amount

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business

CEO pay has skyrocketed over the last few decades, and corporate leaders are usually tight-lipped on the subject. But we were offered a rare moment...

An Open Letter to the Media and to Global Parents

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 09.29.2014 | Media
Molly Alexander Darden

With all the conflicts going on these days, of course it's natural for journalists to cover every gory aspect of them. I get that. The thing is, that you're repeating the same old story of blame and accusation.

Top 10 YouTube Channels for Leaders

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
Larry P. Thomas

Over the last year I've subscribed to a number of YouTube channels that have consistently helped me identify new trends, understand best practices, and spot high-impact opportunities. Here is a list of my favorites.

Poetic Justice: Young Poets and the Good Society

Todd Breyfogle | Posted 09.28.2014 | Arts
Todd Breyfogle

What happens when a group of young men and women -- all award-winning high school poets -- come together to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival? They, more than most, are the young custodians of the language and the creative forces of its future. And the future is bright indeed.

Working Across Sectors Creates More Opportunity for America's Youth

Melody Barnes | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Melody Barnes

The OYIF awarded grants to fund promising cross-sector collaboration in communities seeking to build successful education and employment opportunities for young people disconnected from work and school.

CON GAMES: Do GMOs Make Us Gods or Monsters?

Michael Conniff | Posted 09.16.2014 | Denver
Michael Conniff

Were you to genetically engineer the chief technology officer (CTO) of the Monsanto Company, you might have to manufacture Robb Fraley. The only thi...

Rep. John Lewis on the 'Unfinished Work' in the Civil Rights Movement

Keosha Varela | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Keosha Varela

At the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, the Congressman and civil rights leader -- who is the last remaining speaker from the 1963 March on Washington -- reflected on his experience protesting during the Jim Crow era and the new graphic novel March, which he co-authored, about the movement.

No, Millennials Aren't Obsessed With Hooking Up

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade & Nina Friend | Posted 07.08.2014 | College

Whaddaya know, another group of non-millennials talking about how college students are engaging in a non-existent hook up culture. The most recent...

Why Can Men Have it All and Women Can't?

Robyn N. Cohen | Posted 09.06.2014 | Women
Robyn N. Cohen

We have the opportunity to create whatever life we would like to live, to pursue whatever professional goals we have for ourselves, to fulfill our desires in a way that makes us happy.

3 Points of Hope on Climate Change: Back to the Future 2014 to 2024

Judith Samuelson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Green
Judith Samuelson

There is no more important challenge than the need to address climate change, and with my 2024 hat on, it's a relief to say we are now winning the war and will avoid catastrophe. How did it happen?

Our Financial Services System in 2024: Inclusion for All

Joyce Klein | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Joyce Klein

Too often, these small business owners lack the credit scores needed to access reasonably-priced credit, or savings or a credit card to help them weather the ebbs and flows of a new or growing enterprise.

Former NSA Head Takes On ACLU Director In Debate

Matt Sledge | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

Keith Alexander, former National Security Agency chief, took on the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday in a verbal gym...

WATCH: What Will The World Look Like 50 Years From Now?

Posted 06.30.2014 | Green

Confronting Climate Change - Climate Change and the Fate of our Forests Watch Live at 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm MDT (6:00 pm - 6:50 pm EDT) on Sunday, June...

Food Security Is National Security

Toni Verstandig | Posted 08.29.2014 | World
Toni Verstandig

As we consider this new architecture we need to run, not walk, as we are all mindful of the stunning impact that climate change is having on meeting and feeding the next nine billion. We must engage, not embrace the globalization of indifference.

Bringing Teens Into the Conversation About Suicide Prevention

Christopher Gandin Le | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Christopher Gandin Le

After all these incredible efforts, not only are people still dying by suicide, but the data tells us that the number of people dying has actually increased over the past decade.

Teens Can Be Our Best Innovators

John Deasy | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
John Deasy

Over the course of seven weeks, 160 high school students from throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District created innovative solutions to real societal problems posed by some of the world's greatest thinkers.

WATCH: The Secret To Raising A Happy And Healthy Child

Posted 08.06.2013 | Parents

The key to raising successful kids? Depends on how you define "success," says author and leading development psychologist, Dr. Susan Engel. At the ...

WATCH: The Way Governments Treat Women Says Everything

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact

One women's advocate says the treatment of women is the greatest indicator of how much a government values democracy. Hibaaq Osman, the founder of ...

WATCH: Three Steps To Kicking Your Procrastination Habit

Posted 08.01.2013 | Healthy Living

At last month's Aspen Ideas Festival, Harvard University professor David Laibson shared with The Huffington Post his findings on how we can regain sel...

WATCH: Former Bush Cabinet Member Talks Education's Greatest Problems, Solutions

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact

At a time when there exists an unequal distribution of high-quality teachers and public school closures are being labeled as human rights violations, ...

Millennials Who Want Careers, Not Jobs, Should Watch This

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 07.26.2013 | Impact

The research tells us young people are dead set on making a difference with their careers. But the walk doesn't always match the talk, so what gives? ...

WATCH: Susan And Lee McIntire On Sustainability And Balance

Posted 07.25.2013 | Healthy Living

What does sustainability have to do with success? Everything, according to Lee McIntire, CEO and Chairman of CH2M HILL, the country's largest engi...

WATCH: Vets, Experts Discuss Little-Known Solution For Wounded Warriors

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact

A group of injured veterans is proving to the world that music can truly heal all wounds. 21 year-old U.S. Marine Tim Donley and Arthur Bloom, dire...

WATCH: Is This The Strategy That Could Turn Around America's Schools?

Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact

Is the answer to engaging and empowering global youth simpler than we think? Last month at the Ideas Festival in Aspen, Design For Change founder K...