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The Inverse Logic of Life: David Brooks
The Inverse Logic of Life: David Brooks
DATE: 2013/07/16::
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The 2015 Aspen Institute/ Kennedy Center Arts Summit - Close
The 2015 Aspen Institute/ Kennedy Center Arts Summit - Close
DATE: 2015/05/27::
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Mayor Muriel Bowser and Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson Spotlight Innovation in DC
Mayor Muriel Bowser and Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson Spotlight Innovation in DC
DATE: 2015/06/05::
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Walter Isaacson - President and CEO of the Aspen Institute
Walter Isaacson - President and CEO of the Aspen Institute
DATE: 2014/11/04::
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Pakistan at a Crossroads (Full Session)
Pakistan at a Crossroads (Full Session)
DATE: 2013/06/27::
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Crisis with Russia: Madeleine Albright, Robert Gates, Condoleezza Rice
Crisis with Russia: Madeleine Albright, Robert Gates, Condoleezza Rice
DATE: 2014/08/09::
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"The Sports Gene," A Conversation with Author David Epstein and Olympic Medalist Dara Torres
"The Sports Gene," A Conversation with Author David Epstein and Olympic Medalist Dara Torres
DATE: 2013/09/09::
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Lucia Annunziata e Aspen Institute Italia
Lucia Annunziata e Aspen Institute Italia
DATE: 2009/01/23::
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Bloomberg
Bloomberg's remarks at the Aspen Institute about minorities and guns
DATE: 2015/02/16::
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Love and Life in General: David Brooks
Love and Life in General: David Brooks
DATE: 2014/07/01::
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GOP Governors Jindal, Walker, Pence, & Christie panel at Aspen Institute 2013
GOP Governors Jindal, Walker, Pence, & Christie panel at Aspen Institute 2013
DATE: 2013/07/29::
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Cultivating Imagination for a World of Constant Change
Cultivating Imagination for a World of Constant Change
DATE: 2011/07/01::
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Education Panel at the Aspen Institute Community Dialogue on Healing the Racial Divide
Education Panel at the Aspen Institute Community Dialogue on Healing the Racial Divide
DATE: 2015/03/25::
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Conversation with David Petraeus and CBS News
Conversation with David Petraeus and CBS News' Bob Schieffer
DATE: 2014/07/01::
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Discovering American Art Now
Discovering American Art Now
DATE: 2014/08/14::
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Al Gore Meltdown at the Aspen Institute - (QUALITY SOUND VERSION) -Profanity laced rant
Al Gore Meltdown at the Aspen Institute - (QUALITY SOUND VERSION) -Profanity laced rant
DATE: 2011/08/10::
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Walter Isaacson, CEO, Aspen Institute
Walter Isaacson, CEO, Aspen Institute
DATE: 2015/05/13::
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Jeff Bezos: Lessons to Learn from a Failing Business
Jeff Bezos: Lessons to Learn from a Failing Business
DATE: 2013/08/06::
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Launching the Aspen Institute Ascend Network
Launching the Aspen Institute Ascend Network
DATE: 2014/04/29::
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The "Big Bang" in Learning: Brain Changes and Childhood Learning (Full Session)
The "Big Bang" in Learning: Brain Changes and Childhood Learning (Full Session)
DATE: 2013/08/09::
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Opening Remarks from the Aspen Institute Community Dialogue  on Healing the Racial Divide
Opening Remarks from the Aspen Institute Community Dialogue on Healing the Racial Divide
DATE: 2015/03/25::
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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
DATE: 2014/11/03::
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The Aspen Institute Presents: Reinventing Television
The Aspen Institute Presents: Reinventing Television
DATE: 2013/07/08::
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Supporting Moms: The Case for Investing in Childcare
Supporting Moms: The Case for Investing in Childcare
DATE: 2013/06/06::
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Education 2.0: John Doerr Interviews Khan Academy Founder Sal Khan - Aspen Institute
Education 2.0: John Doerr Interviews Khan Academy Founder Sal Khan - Aspen Institute
DATE: 2013/09/19::
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Tom Farrey Introduction to the Aspen Institute
Tom Farrey Introduction to the Aspen Institute's Project Play
DATE: 2014/05/21::
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How to Fool the Unions and Bribe Politicians - Aspen Institute session on SB 7
How to Fool the Unions and Bribe Politicians - Aspen Institute session on SB 7
DATE: 2011/07/10::
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The 2015 Spotlight Health Closing Session
The 2015 Spotlight Health Closing Session
DATE: 2015/06/28::
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In Depth: Should We Design Our Babies?
In Depth: Should We Design Our Babies?
DATE: 2014/07/02::
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Ep27 Tocando Vidas. The Aspen Institute y Carlos Prieto.
Ep27 Tocando Vidas. The Aspen Institute y Carlos Prieto.
DATE: 2014/03/31::
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Gov. Chris Christie on Libertarianism, Security, and 9/11
Gov. Chris Christie on Libertarianism, Security, and 9/11
DATE: 2013/07/26::
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Dialogue on The Crisis with Russia
Dialogue on The Crisis with Russia
DATE: 2014/11/21::
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Henry Kissinger receives Aspen Institute award
Henry Kissinger receives Aspen Institute award
DATE: 2013/12/20::
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The Aspen Institute Center for Native American Youth Presents 2015 Champions for Change
The Aspen Institute Center for Native American Youth Presents 2015 Champions for Change
DATE: 2015/02/24::
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Ethan Nadelmann Trounces Former DEA Chief in Marijuana Debate at Aspen Institute
Ethan Nadelmann Trounces Former DEA Chief in Marijuana Debate at Aspen Institute
DATE: 2013/07/02::
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China and Democracy
China and Democracy
DATE: 2014/01/30::
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Helping Americans Gain Long-Term Financial Success | The Aspen Institute #SpotlightOnChange
Helping Americans Gain Long-Term Financial Success | The Aspen Institute #SpotlightOnChange
DATE: 2014/11/24::
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Aspen Words Presents: Michael Lewis at Winter Words 2015
Aspen Words Presents: Michael Lewis at Winter Words 2015
DATE: 2015/03/16::
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Republican Governors on What
Republican Governors on What's Working at the State Level
DATE: 2013/07/25::
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Aspen Institute Italia - Intervista Segr. Generale Petroni
Aspen Institute Italia - Intervista Segr. Generale Petroni
DATE: 2010/10/21::
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The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute
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The Aspen Institute: Atlantic American Values Survey
The Aspen Institute: Atlantic American Values Survey
DATE: 2014/03/17::
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Designing the Human Interface (Full Session)
Designing the Human Interface (Full Session)
DATE: 2013/06/30::
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"The Letter from Birmingham Jail
"The Letter from Birmingham Jail's" Significance Now
DATE: 2013/07/29::
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Walter Isaacson talks about Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson talks about Steve Jobs
DATE: 2012/01/24::
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Il nuovo manufacturing italiano - Intervento di Giulio Tremonti, Presidente Aspen Institute Italia
Il nuovo manufacturing italiano - Intervento di Giulio Tremonti, Presidente Aspen Institute Italia
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The Aspen Institute Presents The Transformative Power of Technology
The Aspen Institute Presents The Transformative Power of Technology
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Nanotech: Small Stuff with Big Impact (Full Session)
Nanotech: Small Stuff with Big Impact (Full Session)
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The God Particle with Brian Greene (full session)
The God Particle with Brian Greene (full session)
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Louise Langheier on What Makes an Aspen Institute Fellowship Valuable
Louise Langheier on What Makes an Aspen Institute Fellowship Valuable
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Aspen Institute
Aspen Institute logo.svg
Formation 1950
Type Research institute, think tank
Headquarters 1 Dupont Circle NW Suite #700
Location
President & CEO
Walter Isaacson
Revenue (2013)
$97,847,062
Expenses (2013) $83,166,787
Website aspeninstitute.org

The Aspen Institute is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1950 as the Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies. The organization is dedicated to "fostering enlightened leadership, the appreciation of timeless ideas and values, and open-minded dialogue on contemporary issues". The institute and its international partners promote the pursuit of common ground and deeper understanding in a nonpartisan and nonideological setting through regular seminars, policy programs, conferences, and leadership development initiatives. The institute is headquartered in Washington, D.C., USA, and has campuses in Aspen, Colorado (its original home) and near the shores of the Chesapeake Bay at the Wye River in Maryland. It has partner Aspen Institutes in Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Paris, Lyon, Tokyo, New Delhi, Prague and Bucharest, as well as leadership initiatives in the United States and in Africa, India, and Central America.

The Aspen Institute is largely funded by foundations such as the Carnegie Corporation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, and the Ford Foundation, by seminar fees, and by individual donations. Its board of trustees includes leaders from politics, government, business and academia who also contribute to its support. Board members include Madeleine Albright, Javier Solana, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Mercedes Bass, Miguel Bezos, William Budinger, Beth Brooke-Marciniak, Stephen L. Carter, Cesar R. Conde, John Doerr, Thelma Duggin, Jane Harman, Yo-Yo Ma, Olara A. Otunnu, Giulio Tremonti, Vin Weber, Sylvia Earle, David Gergen, Kenneth L. Davis, Salman Khan, Shashi Tharoor, Michael Žantovský, David H. Koch, Queen Noor of Jordan, and Condoleezza Rice.[1] Walter Isaacson is President and CEO.

Mission[edit]

Charles Firestone of the Aspen Institute speaking at the Torre Mayor in Mexico City.

On July 27, 2008, the Aspen Institute Board of Directors approved a new mission:

  • To foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.

The Aspen Institute does this in four ways:

  • Seminars, which help participants reflect on what they think makes a good society, thereby deepening knowledge, broadening perspectives and enhancing their capacity to solve the problems leaders face.
  • Young-leader fellowships around the globe, which bring leaders together for an intense multi-year program and commitment. The fellows become better leaders and apply their skills to major challenges.
  • Policy programs, which serve as nonpartisan forums for analysis, consensus building, and problem solving on a variety of issues.
  • Public conferences and events, which provide a commons for people to share ideas.

History[edit]

Walter Isaacson, president of Aspen Institute

The Institute was largely the creation of Walter Paepcke, a Chicago businessman who had become inspired by the Great Books program of Mortimer Adler at the University of Chicago.[2] In 1945, Paepcke visited Bauhaus Artist and Architect Herbert Bayer, AIA, who had designed and built a Bauhaus-inspired minimalist home outside the decaying former mining town of Aspen, in the Roaring Fork Valley. Paepcke and Bayer envisioned a place where artists, leaders, thinkers, musicians could gather. Shortly thereafter, while passing through Aspen on a hunting expedition, Oil industry maverick Robert O. Anderson (soon to be Founder & CEO of Atlantic Richfield) met with Bayer and shared in Paepcke's and Bayer's vision. In 1949, Paepcke organized a 20-day international celebration for the 200th birthday of German poet and philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The celebration attracted over 2,000 attendees, including Albert Schweitzer, Jose Ortega y Gasset, Thornton Wilder, and Arthur Rubinstein.

In 1950, Paepcke founded the Aspen Institute; and later the Aspen Music Festival and eventually (with Bayer and Anderson) the International Design Conference at Aspen (IDCA). Paepcke sought a forum "where the human spirit can flourish", especially amid the whirlwind and chaos of modernization. He hoped that the Institute could help business leaders recapture what he called "eternal verities": the values that guided them intellectually, ethically, and spiritually as they led their companies. Inspired by philosopher Mortimer Adler’s Great Books seminar at the University of Chicago, Paepcke worked with Anderson to create the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar. In 1951, the Institute sponsored a national photography conference attended by Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, Berenice Abbott, and other notables. During the 1960s and 1970s, the Institute added organizations, programs, and conferences, including the Aspen Center for Physics, the Aspen Strategy Group, Communications and Society Program and other programs that concentrated on education, communications, justice, Asian thought, science, technology, the environment, and international affairs.

In 1979, through a donation by Corning Glass industrialist and philanthropist Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. the Institute acquired a 1,000-acre (4 km²) campus on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, known today as the Wye River Conference Centers.

In 2005, it held the first Aspen Ideas Festival, featuring leading minds from around the world sharing and speaking on global issues. The Institute, along with Atlantic Monthly, hosts the festival annually.

Today, the Aspen Institute seminar programs include sessions such as Global Values and Leadership and Pursuing the Good Life.

Policy programs[edit]

Doerr-Hosier Center at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colorado

The Aspen Institute has more than 20 policy programs that work to advance public and private sector knowledge on policy issues confronting society, convene leaders and experts from relevant fields to reach solutions. The programs explore topics such as prospects for peace in the Middle East; communications, media, and information policy; economic opportunity in rural America; social innovation through business; the nonprofit sector; creating smart solutions to help Americans save, invest and own; and community initiatives for children and families.

  • The Aspen Strategy Group convenes prominent foreign policy and national security experts to consider the important challenges facing the United States.
  • The Business and Society Program is dedicated to developing leaders for a sustainable society. It creates opportunities for executives and educators to explore new pathways to sustainability and values-based leadership. The program hosts the Corporate Values Strategy Group and the Center for Business Education. Its websites, CasePlace.org and BeyondGreyPinstripes.org, are used by business schools around the world.
  • The Program on World Economy promotes dialogue among leaders in business, finance, government, academia and the media from industrial and developing nations in order to generate new approaches to economic challenges.
  • The Commission on No Child Left Behind is a bipartisan, independent commission to examine the strengths and weaknesses of the No Child Left Behind Act and make recommendations to Congress, the Administration, State and local stakeholders, parents, and the general public to ensure the law is an effective tool.
  • The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program promotes dialogue and decision-making in the fields of communications and information policy. It convenes leaders to assess the impact of modern communications and information systems and develops new models for communications policy.
  • The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs is a global network of organizations that examine entrepreneurship in emerging markets. The network's members provide financing and business support services to small and growing businesses.
  • The Community Strategies Group brings together community leaders, practitioners, and policymakers engaged in regional and community economic development, civic capacity, family livelihoods, and the development of local philanthropic resources.
  • The Congressional Program offers nonpartisan educational programs designed to foster leadership on public policy issues among members of the US Congress.
  • The Council of World Women Leaders and Ministerial Initiative is a partnership with the Institute that promotes good governance and gender equality and aims to increase the number, effectiveness and visibility of women in top leadership roles.
  • The Economic Opportunities Program advances strategies that connect the poor and underemployed to the mainstream economy. EOP facilitates learning using research to stimulate dialogue and action among funders, policymakers and nonprofit and community leaders about approaches to poverty alleviation, including self-employment and microenterprise, industry-based employment strategies, and access to capital and credit for low-wealth consumers and communities.
  • The Education and Society Program identifies emerging policy issues and encourages new initiatives in education.
  • Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative is a partnership of the Aspen Institute, Columbia University, and the Council of International Human Rights Policy whose aim is to put human rights values and principles, such as equity and participation, at the heart of global governance and policy to ensure that the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable are addressed Working in Africa, Realizing Rights: EGI has programs in the areas of health, trade and development, and migration.
  • The Global Interdependence Initiative commissions research and provides technical assistance to help global issues advocates, experts and communicators engage the American public in dialogue on the subject.
  • The Health, Biomedical Science, and Society Initiative examines issues related to health policy, medicine, nutrition and biotechnology through discussions, speaker series and public convenings.
  • The Homeland Security Initiative examines the issues relating to US homeland security, assessing progress made by the US Department of Homeland Security and developing recommendations for making America safer.
  • The Initiative on Financial Security brings together business executives, elected officials, policy experts, and leaders from the nonprofit community to develop proposals on how low and moderate income Americans can save, invest, and own assets over their lifetime.
  • The Justice and Society Program convenes leaders to affect national and international policy regarding human rights, international law, transitional justice, and post-conflict multilateral peacekeeping operations.
  • The Middle East Strategy Group includes American, Palestinian and Israeli business and political leaders committed to advancing prospects for peace in the Middle East.
  • The Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program supports research, dialogue, and leadership initiatives on issues affecting the nonprofit sector and philanthropy.
  • The Program on Energy and the Environment brings together leaders in business and government as well as educational, research, and environmental organizations to seek creative solutions to domestic and international policy issues involving energy and environmental sustainability.
  • The Roundtable on Community Change is a forum in which leaders working to revitalize distressed urban and rural communities can address problems and share strategies for positive change.
  • The Socrates Society seminars are designed as a forum for emerging leaders to explore leadership challenges. Participants arrive from industries including finance, government, academia, law, sciences, and nonprofit.

Aspen Global Leadership Network[edit]

The Aspen Institute leadership initiatives include programs for young, government, and civic leaders spanning a number of countries. Through these programs, the Institute is identifying young men and women between the ages of 30 and 45 who have already achieved a level of success and encouraging them to reach yet further.

  • The Henry Crown Fellowship Program seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders, providing them with the tools necessary to meet the challenges of leadership. The program is a mix of intellectual and personal development seminars designed to broaden the perspectives of the participants and hone their skills in leadership.
  • The Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) brings together as Fellows young leaders from Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya. The program encourages the Fellows to take more responsibility for the society in which they live and work.
  • The Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI) seeks to develop a new generation of community-spirited leaders in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. CALI captures the energy, the talent, and the resolve of these leaders.
  • The India Leadership Initiative (ILI) is a collaborative venture between the Aspen Institute, the Aspen Institute India, and the Global Markets Institute of Goldman Sachs. Like the Henry Crown Program, ILI focuses on young (ages 30–45) entrepreneurial, government, and civil society leaders from across India.
  • The Liberty Fellowship Program, inspired by Aspen Institute seminars and modeled after the Henry Crown Fellowship Program, is for motivated leaders in South Carolina.
  • The Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) is an international nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that aims to provide a platform for Nigerian leaders who are qualified to influence the development of Nigeria.
  • The Catto Fellowship Program is designed to create an opportunity for leaders from different sectors and cultures to step back from the fray, reflect on and crystallize their beliefs relative to the environment, to learn from others approaching environmental challenges from different angles and jointly develop solutions.

Funding[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leadership and Board of Trustees". The Aspen Institute. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  2. ^ http://www.aspeninstitute.org/about/history
  3. ^ "2014 Overview and 2013 Annual Report". The Aspen Institute. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

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