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Is "Upskilling" Just a State of the Union Pipedream?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 01.22.2015 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

President Obama may only have named two example of business upping its game in educating its workforce, but that hardly means he is wanting for examples. They're out there.

To the CEO of Aetna: Three More ideas to Reduce Inequality

Judith Samuelson | Posted 01.17.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Cynics will point out that while Aetna may be a first mover in the health care industry, the total cost of Bertolini's announcement is chump change. Aetna's profits weigh in at about $2 billion per year.

2015: 'Let's Ask the Right Questions About Corporate Compensation'

Judith Samuelson | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Fresh winds are blowing through both boardrooms and MBA programs these days, stirring up debate about the fundamentals of doing business.

What Sony and the NFL Have in Common

Judith Samuelson | Posted 01.05.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

When money and judgment collide today, it seems we pretty much always go with the money.

Engaging the Tanzanian Market? Hakuna Matata!

Mickey Bergman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Small Business
Mickey Bergman

"Zanzibar" elicits images of sandy beaches, clear calm waters, private resorts, and idyllic vacations filled with great food, spices, music and cultur...

WATCH: Developing Resilience In A Chaotic World

Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact

Watch Live Nov. 20 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST. The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Fo...

Can National Service Save the Economy?

Tae Yoo | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Tae Yoo

Last year at a conference on national service, I heard a young man named Johann Shockency speak. Johann said that as a child, he had one goal: to serve his country through the armed forces.

Changing The Narrative For Native American Youth

Chaske Spencer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Chaske Spencer

As Native Americans, we are still connected to our cultures and our traditions, but we live in modern society and the world needs to understand and respect that. Native Americans are not frozen in time; we are not tragic statistics and we are not worn out caricatures. That is not our narrative.

Artists as Global Citizens

Lane Harwell | Posted 01.19.2015 | Arts
Lane Harwell

An opportunity for our artists and arts institutions to lead, globally, is to approach their identity and creation of art holistically and with intention--to be global citizens

WATCH: Native American Youth: Changing the Narrative

Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact

Watch Live Nov. 19 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST. Native American youth are often overlooked in the national dialogue and continue to be misrepresented...

WATCH: Common Core Implementation: What Do We Know And How Can We Know More?

Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact

Watch Live Nov. 18 from 9:30am - 11:00am EST. The Aspen Institute and Achieve are releasing two tools designed to help school-level staff and state...

WATCH: CDC Director Tom Frieden Discusses Ebola And Protecting America From Diseases

Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact

Watch Live Nov. 17 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST. Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, is director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our nation...

What Poverty Is And What It Isn't

Réjane Woodroffe | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Réjane Woodroffe

Being born into poverty is more than just the circumstance of not having enough money to buy food or other material items, it is about not understanding why a clear glass of water can cause a child to die of diarrhea or why disease is not caused by spirits.

Honoring Veterans by Expanding National Service

Stephen J. Hadley | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Stephen J. Hadley

The service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform has been the foundation for American leadership in the world. That world still needs American leadership. But that leadership does not just require a strong armed forces.

Military and Civilian Service Make for a Powerful Combination

Robert L. Gordon III | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Robert L. Gordon III

Our experience underscores the commitment my family made to serve our country across two generations, and now we watch proudly as our children carry the legacy in national civilian service.

A Common American Future

Jack Gardner | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Jack Gardner

My parents, and most of the parents in the neighborhood where I grew up, were products of the Depression and the Second World War.

National Service and Military Service Are Two Sides of the Same Coin

Dr. Chris Howard | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Dr. Chris Howard

The "National Service Coin" could symbolize the connective tissue our civil society needs, and could weave together important personal service narratives for the young men and women we need in order to sustain our great Republic.

Veteran: A Word That Means a Lot, and More Than You Think

Kevin C. Miller | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Kevin C. Miller

Transitioning from the Marine Corps in 2006 to the civilian world was far from easy. Even after earning a college degree, I struggled to find meaningful employment.

Safety In Youth Sports: Parents Have Spoken, We Have Listened, Now It's Time To Act

James R. Whitehead | Posted 12.28.2014 | Sports
James R. Whitehead

Concussions and other head injuries not only top the headlines these days, they top the list of fears among parents as well. In fact, one-quarter of the parents surveyed have considered keeping their children from playing a sport because of fears of a concussion or other head injury.

Most Americans Can't Even Imagine What Ebola Quarantine Conditions Are Like in West Africa

Utibe Effiong | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Utibe Effiong

News that a second health care worker has been infected with Ebola here in the United States raises serious questions about the preparedness of health systems all over world to deal with the reality of this global health threat.

WATCH: Will Lifting The Oil Export Ban Help US Manufacturing?

Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact

Watch Live Oct. 14 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT. The Aspen Institute Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century program will explore the rationale ...

WATCH: The Alma And Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series Featuring Atul Gawande

Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 12:00 - 1:30 pm EDT. The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Atul Gawande, staff writer at New Yorker magazine and pr...

As a Team Leader in FEMA Corps, I Helped Educate Youth Before the Next Superstorm

Thomas Trapane | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Thomas Trapane

It cannot possibly get any better than this. I had no idea that I would spend the entire year in AmeriCorps with the same nine people, doing these great things in the name of service.

WATCH: Getting To Work: Improving Public Transportation For America's Workers, Employers And Economies

Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST. During this Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program event, panelists will discuss the specific transporta...

WATCH: How Can We Make Our Cities Better?

Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact

Hosted by The Atlantic in partnership with The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies, CityLab is one of The Aspen Institute's most innovative p...