06/26/2013 03:38 pm ET Updated Jun 27, 2013

Walter Isaacson, President Of The Aspen Institute, Talks About Turning Visions Into Reality (VIDEO)

Yesterday, Arianna Huffington sat down with Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute, to discuss the 21st Century National Service Summit's goal of turning nation-wide service into a reality.

Isaacson, a veteran journalist and the former editor of TIME and chairman of CNN, specializes in taking bright ideas and turning them into impactful actions. In the interview, he talked about overseeing the reconstruction of New Orleans' education system following Hurricane Katrina. Teach For America's mission of giving back to struggling communities helped transform New Orleans' schools, and post-Katrina, nearly half of the city's teachers were TFA corps members.

Isaacson also expressed hopes of launching other professional service corps that would give people the opportunity to give back. "It's not just about going and volunteering in your community. It's really a rite of passage where you should, if possible, get out of your zip code, out of your comfort zone.. so it'll be a learning experience for you as well."

This video is part of a series of interviews with speakers, attendees and panelists at The Aspen Ideas Festival, produced by The Huffington Post in conjunction with The Aspen Institute. For more videos from the series, click here. For more information about The Aspen Institute, click here.

Watch the full interview above, and then check out real-time tweets from the National Service Summit here:



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