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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...

How Higher Education Can Prepare The Volunteer Generation

Drew Stelljes | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Drew Stelljes

The volunteer generation has come to adulthood. They are bringing skills learned in the classroom and practiced in community into the workplace and, yet, more often than not, they are settling into jobs that fit their skillset but not their budding passion.

Journeys and Destinations: The National Fund For Workforce Solutions Evaluation

Mark Popovich | Posted 07.18.2014 | Impact
Mark Popovich

Evaluation calibrates the achievements against the National Fund's initial goals -- including the number of individuals and employers served as well as its growth in scope and scale. Most important is the evidence that the core principles are demonstrated in practice and that adherence to the principles correlated with higher performance across the sites.

CON GAMES: Do GMOs Make Us Gods or Monsters?

Michael Conniff | Posted 07.19.2014 | 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...

Workforce Policy Playing Catch Up

Andy Van Kleunen | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Andy Van Kleunen

With the Administration's new emphasis on job-driven training and employer engagement, sector partnership strategies could see a jump in state adoption comparable to what we saw ten years ago.

WATCH: After The Gavel: The Supreme Court, The Future And You

Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 2:40 - 3:40pm MDT (4:40 - 5:40pm EST). As the Supreme Court wrap up its term, a team of legal experts debates the big decisions, part...

Nurturing Citizen Leaders Starts In Higher Education

Taylor Reveley | Posted 07.03.2014 | Impact
Taylor Reveley

It's crucial to the quality of our national life and the strength of our democracy, however, that all colleges and universities help nurture citizen leaders. Embracing the Franklin Project can be a powerful means to that end.

WATCH: Should We Design Our Babies?

Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 1:20 - 2:20pm MDT (3:20 - 4:20pm EST). The discussion of “designer babies” often revolves around gender or hair color, but the me...

WATCH: A Formula For Happiness

Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 9:00 - 10:00am MDT (11:00am - 12:00pm EDT). Social scientists have cracked the code on happiness. By marrying ancient wisdom and new ...