Blog Posts

  • Ripples Of Hope: Seeing The Action Forum's Impact
    It’s been five years since we first launched the Resnick Aspen Action Forum. The idea, from the start, was to provide an opportunity for high integrity, action-oriented leaders to come together and recommit to doing their part to build a better world.    Each element of the Action Forum is meticulously planned to help exercise Fellows’ muscles for ... more
  • Art And The Great Re-Set: Featured Art At The Action Forum
    Art has always been a central component of the Action Forum. Visual art allows us to reflect on complex ideas in ways that the written word cannot. This year, there will be three featured art installations:   “Working in America” from Project& , explores the authentic stories of people's daily lives and interactions in the American workforce to ... more
  • Featured Art At The Action Forum: YellowWoods Art And The Spier Arts Trust
    Art has always been a central component of the Action Forum. Visual art allows us to reflect on complex ideas in ways that the written word cannot. One of this year's featured art installations is the t ile mosaics and paintings capturing “The Great Re-Set.”  The installation is produced by YellowWoods Art , a venture launched by Africa Leadership ... more
  • Art At The Action Forum: Working In America And The Great Re-Set
    “The future of everything is happening now,” and work – all work – is at the center. It is the thread that runs through us all and the social systems and contracts that we create, live by and guide us.   What does a retired oil field worker in North Dakota have in common with a professional escort in Florida or a tough as nails Olympic boxer in Flint, Michigan? ... more
  • Action Forum Feature Film: Unrest
    The feature film for the 2017 Resick Aspen Action Forum is Unrest by Jennifer Brea. The film follows the story of Jennifer, who grapples with chronic fatigue syndrome, and her relationship with her husband, Henry Crown Fellow Omar Wasow . It is an exploration of the individual and familial Re-Sets that occur when we are faced with difficult challenges ... more
  • Mind The (Impact) Gaps At The Action Forum
    As entrepreneurs, you all know the rush of starting something new, of growing your next innovative idea, of being the founder of something you believe in.  But in the world of social change, we don’t just need more founders — we need more positive social impact. To really tackle those vexing issues, we need an understanding of the system, not just ... more
  • Youth Camp: Sharing The Aspen Experience With Your Children
    The Youth Camp at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum offers the next generation’s leaders (intended for ages 12-18) an opportunity to share in the Fellowship experience. This experience includes readings-based seminar sessions facilitated by the Aspen Global Leadership Network’s Moderator Corps (and select guest moderators), a collaborative ... more
  • Action Pledge Update: T&R Committee Hiring A Project Manager
    Since the 2016 Resnick Aspen Action Forum, a group of leaders have been working behind the scenes to advance an Action Pledge intended to lead to a national process of Truth and Reconciliation in the United States. The effort has progressed in such a way that a project manager is necessary to keep the momentum moving forward. more
  • The 2017 RAAF Topical Dialogues
    Topical dialogues are created for participants, by participants. There are 3 rotations of interactive roundtable sessions with up to 12 session topics to select from. These dialogues are different from typical “panel” discussions: 3-4 featured speakers set the stage for a full dialogue with up to 25 participants. Each featured speaker has no more ... more
  • Wrapping Up The 2016 Resnick Aspen Action Forum
    The inaugural Resnick Aspen Action Forum carried on the tradition of moving leaders from thought to action. With the theme of “Leading Toward Justice,” Fellows were challenged to get proximate to injustice, change narratives, stay hopeful, and be willing to do uncomfortable things. With over 200 Action Pledges made, it was a powerful week full of ... more
  • Leading Toward Justice In Our Nation’s Schools
      By Sally Bachofer and Jim Balfanz   In July, we and 350 other attendees at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum, were fortunate to hear public-interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, talk powerfully about his experience with the U.S. criminal justice system. Bryan’s remarkable stories and ... more
  • Moving Youth from Thought to Action
    The Resnick Aspen Action Forum Youth Camp is designed to foster leadership through seminars and workshops with text-based discussions focused on the challenges and responsibilities that youth face as the next generation of leaders. Over four days, 65 young leaders, from 14 countries, identified issues in their surrounding communities and ... more
  • MOVE A BEAD
    We meet every July as a cohort of AGLN fellows from all around the world to put thought into action. Yes, we read and we talk, we laugh and lament, we advise and support; but above all, we gather to push. To push ourselves and each other to use what resources we have to take action. The 2016 theme pressed the question home: what am I doing to lead towards justice? ... more
  • What Does Justice Mean To You?
      After four days of discussions, seminars, and workshops, 2016 Resnick Aspen Action Forum participants convened for a closing conversation on the path to justice. The discussion featured children who participated in the Action Forum’s Youth Camp, which challenged the attendees to come up with Action Pledges, goals to tackle social, economic, and ... more
  • How Can Business Leaders Do Good?
    Above, watch Lama Al Sulaiman, board member and business developer, Rolaco Holdings; Sheila Marcelo, founder, chairman and CEO, Care.com; Dee Poon, chief branding officer, Esquel Brands and Distribution; and Peter Reiling, executive vice president and trustee of the Aspen Institute; discuss the role business leaders play in social impact. It ... more
  • Death Row Attorney Bryan Stevenson On 4 Ways To Fight Against Injustice
      During the welcome lunch on Day One of the Forum, participants listened to an impassioned speech from Equal Justice Initiative  Founder and Executive Director Bryan Stevenson  inspired by the Forum’s 2016 theme, “Leading Toward Justice.” Stevenson encouraged those in attendance to take action against the injustices in their communities, ... more
  • Announcing The 2016 Laureates Of The John P. McNulty Prize
    Above, watch the announcement of the 2016 John P. McNulty Prize laureates. The Aspen Institute and Trustee Anne Welsh McNulty today announced the ninth annual group of John P. McNulty Prize Laureates, four extraordinary leaders who have brought the spirit of innovation and excellence of their diverse careers to bear on some of the most intractable ... more
  • Turning the Education System into a Battlefield for Justice
    Above: watch “Leading Toward Justice: Education” with Scott Bush, managing director, J.P. Morgan Asset Management; John Deasy, superintendent-in-residence, The Broad Center; Chadia El Meouchi Naoum, managing partner, Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm; Manoj Kumar, founder and CEO, Naandi Foundation; moderated by Kim Smith, founder and CEO, ... more
  • Leading Toward Justice Around The Globe
    Above, watch AGLN Fellows Mukti Datta , managing director of Panchachuli Women Weavers ; Maria Pacheco , president and founder, Wakami ; John Wood , founder, Room to Read and Heather Sonn , managing director Gamiro Investments ; discuss how to empower women around the globe. On Monday, participants at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum took an in-depth ... more
  • Reflections On The 13th Amendment
    Above, watch Carlyle Group Co-Founder and Co-CEO David Rubenstein explain the history of the 13 th amendment. In a time rife with racial tensions and divisiveness in the US, discussions of the 13 th Amendment can often take on new meaning as we struggle to grapple with the past’s connection to the present. At the 2016 Resnick Aspen Action Forum , David ... more