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Causes: Social Science

Mission: The institute's mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues through: (see schedule o)1. Ideas - spark intellectual inquiry and exchange, connecting new concepts to timeless values. 2. Leadership - create a diverse worldwide community of leaders committed to the greater good. 3. Action - provide a nonpartisan forum for reaching solutions on vital public policy issues.

Programs: Policy program: the institute's 31 policy 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. These programs range in size from $8 million to $100,000 in revenue and expenses annually, and in programmatic categories such as education, finance, microenterprise, environment and social justice.

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 18 public programs open the institute up to the public, offering opportunities to engage in thoughtful, nonpartisan inquiry. Our major events include the aspen ideas festival, spotlight health and the aspen security forum and the aspen words program. These and our other public forums engage over 15,000 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.