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Causes: Social Science

Mission: The institute's mission is 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. [continued on sched. O] the institute does this in four ways: seminars, which help participants reflect on what they think makes a good society and enhancing their capacity to solve the problems leaders face; young leader fellowships around the globe, which bring proven leaders together for an intense multi-year program and commitment; policy programs, which serve as nonpartisan forums for analysis, consensus-building and problem-solving on a wide variety of issues; and public programs which provide a commons for people to share ideas. The institute is based in washington d. C. With operations in aspen, colorado, new york city, and on the wye river on maryland's eastern shore. It also has an international network of partners.

Programs: Policy program: the institute's programs advance public and private-sector knowledge on significant policy issues confronting contemporary society. They convene leaders and experts to seek constructive solutions to critical problems. While each program is unique in substance and approach they all share a commitment to advancing better policy by bringing diverse perspectives together in pursuit of informed dialogue and effective solutions.

campus activities: the institute carries out much of its work on its two campuses. In aspen, colorado and on the wye river, on maryland's eastern shore where natural beauty and quiet surroundings encourages thoughtful reflection and refreshes the mind, body and spirit.

public programs: the institute's public program opens the doors to the public, offering opportunities to engage in thoughtful, nonpartisan inquiry. Our major events include the aspen ideas festival, the mccloskey speaker series, the aspen security forum, the aspen challenge program, and the alma and joseph gildenhorn book series. These public forums engage over 8,000 members of the general public annually.

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craig newmark


Rating: 5

The Aspen folks do really good work in a number of areas, for example, bringing together very different people regarding national. They also have great stuff on communications and society, which has affected my work, and also regarding mideast peace, to which they're really helping.

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Rating: 5

Aspen Institute does really good work in important areas, and in my case, for Middle East peace and much better use of communications tech to serve everyone better.