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

James R. Whitehead | Posted 10.28.2014 | 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 10.20.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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...

Reflecting on WIOA: How Do We Know Sector-Focused Strategies And Career Pathways Help Workers Connect To Jobs?

Christopher T. King | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher T. King

The newly passed Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act contains provisions that will encourage states and local workforce systems to adopt and expand the use of programs focused on specific employment sectors and career pathways. Such efforts -- often referred to as sector strategies -- are reshaping the workforce field.

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 10.10.2014 | 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 10.04.2014 | 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 10.04.2014 | 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 09.29.2014 | 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 10.01.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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 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.