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National Service Now

John Bridgeland | Posted 09.12.2014 | Impact
John Bridgeland

President Obama should feature national service in his 2015 State of the Union Address, requesting in his final two budgets sufficient funding to put AmeriCorps back on the trajectory a bipartisan Congress authorized.

Volunteering and Service Are More Than a Temporary Response to Tragedy

Ilir Zherka | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Ilir Zherka

In the aftermath of 9/11, we saw the volunteerism rate in the U.S. jump to 28.8 percent, support of governmental institutions was high, and many Americans felt connected to one another. But, moments of national unity can be transient.

National Service Is the Proper Response to National Emergency

Jason Mangone | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Jason Mangone

Prior to 9/11, our reaction to national emergency had been national service. Regrettably, the reaction to our last great national emergency has been a decade-plus of war devoid of any collective responsibility as citizens.

The Post-Partisan Future of National Service

Steven Olikara | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Steven Olikara

Millennial social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and policymakers are forging a different path forward on national service, creating a new space for "post-partisanship" -- that is, instead of left or right, the best of both worlds.

National Service and National Resilience

Michèle Flournoy | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Michèle Flournoy

Today, less than 1 percent serve in the U.S. military. Expanding national service to include more civilian service opportunities would increase the number of Americans who experience putting a mission first and sacrificing for the greater good.

The Downside to Lower Labor Costs in the Sharing Economy

Maureen Conway | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Maureen Conway

In this country, we believe in the value of work. The American ideal is that if you work hard and save then you should be able to pay your bills and take care of yourself and your family. In other words, you should not be poor.

Reflections on 9/11: Faced With Adversity, I Will Persevere

Roger Wong | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Roger Wong

It's impossible to forget the moment when I realized finding myself was less about finding a career, and actually about discovering my purpose. For me, that moment was on September 11, 2001.

It's Time For Race-Based Mascots To Go Away

Erin Bailey | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact
Erin Bailey

Native American youth see the offensive name "Red***" plastered on t-shirts, hats and national stadiums -- a word that was defined in the dictionary long ago as a racial slur. Don't we all wish to live in a community -- in a country -- where our identities are respected? So why are we failing to listen?

The Crisis With Russia and the Unspoken Link

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.11.2014 | World
Raymond J. Learsy

With a clearer perception of the rightful concerns as promulgated in both the American and Russian experience given their proper weight, a more rational and constructive dialogue could emerge.

The Gaza War: Who Is Just? Who Is To Blame? And Why These Are The Wrong Questions

Mickey Bergman | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Mickey Bergman

It seems that most people on either side have lost the emotional ability and space to recognize the humanity and suffering of the other. While this is understandable, it is still critically important to do our best to keep the emotional space to process and empathize.

A Jury of My Peers: The Aspen Action Workshop

Andrea Levere | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Andrea Levere

The most important message I received during the workshop was how deeply the people in the room believed that providing savings accounts to children was a necessary and effective approach to increasing educational and economic opportunity.

WATCH: Looking Into The Future Of Disruption

Posted 08.01.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 12:45 - 2:00pm MDT (2:45 - 4:00pm EST). The Aspen Action Forum concludes with a conversation about the future of disruptive leadershi...

Is Green Investing Dead?

Aimee Christensen | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Aimee Christensen

Human wellbeing depends upon earth's natural systems for our food, fuel, clean freshwater, protection from storms, shelter, and yet our current economic system does not effectively value nature -- either at all, or certainly at the level it is due.

Fighting Poverty Requires Unorthodox Business Practices

Bill Bynum | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact
Bill Bynum

The biggest problem with bringing business values to the work of expanding opportunity for people disadvantaged by birth, geography or both is that no one in the business world has figured out how to value incremental improvements in social welfare in bottom-line calculations.

WATCH: A Conversation With Former U.S. Secretary Of State Madeleine Albright

Posted 08.01.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 2:30 - 3:30pm MDT (4:30 - 5:30pm EST). Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright talks with fellows from the Aspen Global Lead...

WATCH: Walter Isaacson, David Rubenstein Discuss How To Lead With Action

Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 4:15 - 5:45pm MDT (6:15 - 7:45pm EST). The Leadership in Action Series offers an opportunity to take a deep dive with leaders at the ...

Top 10 YouTube Channels for Leaders

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 07.30.2014 | 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.

WATCH: Walter Isaacson At The Aspen Action Forum

Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 12:00 - 1:30pm MDT (2:00 - 3:30pm EST). The Aspen Institute convenes the world’s leaders to pause and reflect on the critical issue...

It's Time for an Inclusion Revolution

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

From voter suppression laws being passed in the light of day in state houses around the country and the political assault on women's reproductive rights to the racial wealth gap, there are disturbing signs that our nation's baby steps towards political, social and economic inclusion could be stalling.

We Must Relentlessly Fight For Education Reform

Jean-Claude Brizard | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Jean-Claude Brizard

Over my 28 years living inside urban school systems, I have come to understand and believe that there are two things that we must do and/or keep in mind: respect the complexity of this challenge and relentlessly execute against clear goals.

Disrupt Thyself

Tamsin Smith | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Tamsin Smith

Art has a way of sneaking up on us, getting under the skin and stripping off the confusion, cowardice and fear that holds us back from our most authentic actions. The artist's approach takes many forms from stealthy to direct.

WATCH LIVE: WMDs: The Nightmare Scenario

Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 2:45 - 3:45pm MDT (4:45 - 5:45pm EST). One of the few things all of Washington agrees on is that the number one security threat is th...

WATCH: Afghanistan And Pakistan: Lessons And Prospects

Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 11:30 - 12:30pm MDT (1:30 - 2:30pm EST). The long war in Afghanistan is ending, and, with his presidency, so is our strained relation...

WATCH: The Future Of Warfare

Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 3:00 - 4:00pm MDT (5:00 - 6:00pm EST). Our still formidable nuclear arsenal and our supremacy in conventional armaments are of limite...

WATCH: Toward A Risk-Based Approach To Aviation Security

Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 10:00 - 11:00am MDT (12:00 - 1:00pm EST). This session will examine threats to the aviation sector and how the Transportation Securit...