Collective Leadership: What does it take in a polarized world?
Over the last year, we have experienced a reckoning that challenges our systems, structures, organizations, communities and ourselves. And while past crises have brought people together, we find ourselves deeply polarized and divided, rather than unified around common purpose. We seem to have lost the ability to connect with and trust each other at a time when there is an urgent need to have productive conversations and collaboratively address the challenges we face.
From the global pandemic to climate change, from racial injustice to widening economic inequities, the challenges of today are too profound and too complex to be overcome by any one individual. What does it take to lead collectively? What are the mindsets, capacities, conditions, self-realizations and shared responsibilities we need to cultivate as collective leaders? How might we - as the Aspen Global Leadership Network - come together across differences to learn, support and hold one another accountable as we practice and stretch how we put our values into action in this polarized moment?
Throughout history, we have been in and overcome by dark moments. The Aspen Institute was founded following the devastation of World War II, with the core belief that for the engine of human progress to yield a better society, leaders need to be more self-aware, more self-correcting, and more humane. Across the globe, this moment requires us - as purpose-driven, values-based leaders - to do the hard work, the real work, of coming together across differences. We have done this before: what does it take to do it now?
In 2020, we went virtual due to the impacts of the pandemic. In doing so, we were able to gather more members of the AGLN community than ever before with 500 leaders and 150 youth participants from 34 countries. As the pandemic continues to impact communities everywhere, we will be hosting the Action Forum virtually once again so that we can come together again at a time when it’s most needed. This year's program embraces the proximity we each have to our local communities, increases access for people to participate, and creates new opportunities to engage in learning, practicing, and sustaining collective efforts.
In addition to classic seminar dialogues and inspiring plenaries, new virtual spaces will allow you to find collaborators, explore issues important to you, and spark innovation as you build your own capacity for collective leadership. Click below to view the agenda and learn more about new session types.
Engage Your Family
The Action Forum is the perfect time to extend your Aspen experience to your family. When registering, you'll also be able to register your spouse for the program and/or your child for the Youth Action Forum. Youth programming will include youth seminars, plenaries, and collaborative projects, check back here for agenda updates. Learn more below.
Youth Action Forum
Agora is a new online space built as a wellspring for connection, knowledge, and collaboration. Once you’re registered for Action Forum, you’ll get access to Agora where you can create your own session and explore offerings from others. This is your opportunity to spark collaboration, learn from fellow leaders, and act together.
With your registration to this year's Action Forum, you also receive:
In addition, we're excited to offer new ways to extend your Aspen experience to your community and organization.
An exciting new offering by Circl.es designed in partnership with the Aspen Institute, Leadership Circles support people and their neighborhoods, organizations, and networks by building upon the Aspen Institute’s unique expertise in facilitating meaningful conversations in an open setting. The first Leadership Circle experience is entitled, A Community of Belonging: Identity and Equity in the Workplace. With an explicit focus on diversity and equity, this dialogue experience enables participants to explore the complexities of how identities are formed and expressed. Consider it a launchpad to create a workplace and/or community anchored in trust and belonging.
We are pleased to offer a complimentary first session of this program to Action Forum participants. Once registered for Action Forum, the first 100 people to claim this offer will have the opportunity to bring the virtual, self-facilitated text-based dialogue to up to 11 other colleagues and community members.
The Aspen Institute works with leading businesses and high-profile organizations to design and execute leadership seminars for corporate gatherings ranging from small executive team meetings to large company retreats. Custom Leadership Seminars are proven to foster stronger bonds of collaboration, communication, and trust among colleagues.
The Executive Leadership Seminar design team will work with you to create a bespoke experience that meets your needs and unique leadership challenges. Once registered, Fellows can fill out the inquiry form to begin designing your experience. Receive 15% off your Custom Leadership Seminar for all seminars contracted before January 1, 2022.
High-Demand Seminar Themes Include:
- Values-Based Leadership
- Culture, Purpose, and Mission
- Identity and Equity in the Workplace
- Leading with Values Through Change
2022 RESNICK ASPEN ACTION FORUM SUPPORTERS
ENDOWED FUNDING PROVIDED BY
THE RESNICK FAMILY FOUNDATION
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN
MASTERCARD CENTER FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH
THE JOHN P. AND ANNE WELSH MCNULTY FOUNDATION
MARGOT AND TOM PRITZKER
GILLIAN AND ROBERT STEEL
DENA KAYE AND SYLVIA FINE KAYE FOUNDATION
THE RED & BLUE BADGE SCHOLARSHIP FOR CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING
SOCIETY OF FELLOWS LEADERSHIP FUND
THE TESSLER FAMILY
DAVID T. MCLAUGHLIN LEADERSHIP FUND
NAKASONE SCHOLARSHIP FUND