GENERAL

 

When will the 2021 Resnick Aspen Action Forum take place?

The Action Forum will be held virtually from Wednesday, July 21 to Sunday, July 25, 2021.

 

Will the Action Forum take place in person or virtually?

As communities around the world continue to grapple with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, we are planning to host the 2021 Action Forum online from July 21-25, 2021.

 

What kind of programming will be offered?

This 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, we're introducing Agora, a new part of the AGLN website for the community to learn, collaborate, experiment, and practice how we can have greater collective impact.  We're also excited to expand Youth Action Forum offerings to include youth seminar dialogues, intergenerational plenaries, and collaborative workshops. Check out our Programming Page for more details about this year's session types.

 

When will registration open?

Registration is now open on the AGLN website! You’ll need to log-in to your AGLN profile to access the registration link. The standard registration fee for the Resnick Aspen Action Forum is $500 USD per participant for adults and youth. However, in order to remove cost as a barrier for attendance, we also offer a “pay what you can” option.

 

How do I register?

Your registration link is available on the Dashboard on the AGLN Website and App! You’ll need to log-in to the website to access. If you have never logged in, or if you have forgotten your password, use this link and enter the email we normally use to contact you to reset your password. If you are still having issues logging in, please email Phoebe Copeland at phoebe.copeland@aspeninstitute.org.

     

AGENDA

 

What's new at the 2021 Action Forum? 

We're excited to announce the launch of Agora, a new part of the AGLN website for the community to learn, collaborate, experiment, and practice how we can have greater collective impact. You can join existing efforts led by others in the AGLN community and/or host your own meet-up on whatever you’re looking to gather around. Check out the Agora Handbook for more information.

We're also expanding Youth Action Forum offerings to include youth seminar dialogues, intergenerational plenaries, and collaborative workshops.

 

Where can I find the agenda for the 2021 Action Forum? 

You can always find the most up to date version of the agenda here. Check out our Programming Page for more details about this year's session types.

 

How will the virtual seminars work?

All seminars will be hosted on Circl.es, a virtual meeting platform created by Henry Crown Fellow Dan Hoffman built specifically to capture the unique Aspen Seminar experience. Each seminar cohort will be comprised of 10-12 curated participants to maximize diversity of perspectives and experiences and an Aspen moderator who will remain together throughout the week. 



How much time should I expect to spend at Action Forum each day?

Please be prepared to commit to at least 90-minutes of programming per day. In addition to the 90-minutes of core programming per day listed on the agenda, you are encouraged to host and/or join sessions in Agora at various times throughout the day. Part of the magic of the Action Forum experience is making space to pause and reflect. With that intention in mind, we encourage you to block your calendars as much as possible during the week of the event so you have time to take breaks in the day, reflect on your own and with other leaders you meet, as well as join sessions in Agora. Here's a snapshot of the core programming:
90-Minute Plenary Sessions on Wednesday (7/21) and Sunday (7/25)—hosted at 10-11:30 a.m. ET
90-Minute Seminar Dialogues on Thursday (7/22), Friday (7/23), and Saturday (7/24)—participants will select a time that works best during registration
Asynchronous Meet-Ups Hosted in Agora beginning on Wednesday (7/21) —visit the space and add your own meet-ups you’d like to host and RSVP to any that align to your interests

 

When will virtual seminars be offered?

Seminar Dialogues will be offered at four different times throughout programming days and you'll be able to choose your track during registration. Reference our Global Time Zone Guide to determine which track is the best fit for your schedule.
 

     

AGORA

 

What is Agora? 

Agora is an online space launched in partnership with the Resnick Aspen Action Forum and the AGLN Fellowship programs. Available to the AGLN community throughout the year, Agora is each leader’s first step to host, discover, and/or join meet-ups that get the right people together to form learning communities, strengthen collaborations, and offer opportunities to take action on collective impact endeavors. Check out the Agora Handbook for more information.

 

Why should I collaborate on Agora? 

Supporting the AGLN to be a more transformative network model to increase its impact in service to humanity, Agora is a hub to connect people whose coordinated actions can be more powerful than the sum of their individual efforts. This space is designed, at its simplest level, to spark collaboration.

 

When can I host on Agora? 

Agora is open 24/7, 365 days a year! You can find fellow leaders to connect with on Agora beyond this year’s Action Forum. Agora is a feature that is here to stay  for fellows to form learning communities, strengthen collaborations, and offer opportunities to take action on collective impact endeavors.

The week of Action Forum, July 21 - 25, is an optimal time to gather the AGLN community together on Agora. Although you’re free to host on Agora any time you’d like, we encourage you to meet during times that don’t conflict with Plenaries or Seminar times during the week. Check out the Programming page for more information on timing.


Why should I host a gathering? 

As a host of your session on Agora, you’re opening up space for others to join you as a collaborator, learner, encourager and so much more. There are many roles to play in advancing impact.

Some questions to ask yourself: Are you planning to take your venture or any other impact effort to the next level? Do you have an idea in mind and want to brainstorm and learn with others? Are you seeking co-conspirators to start, or join, an impact effort?If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should host!.

 


What is my role as a host? 

As a host, you’ll be leading in framing your collaboration space. Explore the Agora Handbook for more information on about what being a host entails.

 


How can I share my event and ensure other attend? 

Invite your Fellowship class: let your Fellowship program know you’re hosting a meet-up. From there, post in your class WhatsApp channels.
Invite your community: Although the Agora landing page on the AGLN website is only viewable for Fellows, you can invite anyone to your session that you think could enrich the conversation or play a role to enable further impact. All you need to do is send whoever you have in mind some information on what your’re gathering around, when, and where.
Use the Search Fellows features on the website to search for leaders by their interest areas as aligned to your meet-up and/or collaborative effort. You can search by geographic location, Fellowship program, areas of impact, areas of expertise, and more.

 


How will the AGLN help promote my event? 

We're offering a few ways for you to share your collaboration with the entire Network:
E-blasts to the AGLN Community: Do you want your session highlighted in e-blasts to the entire AGLN community? We’ll be sending information on Agora and the meet-ups taking place throughout the months and weeks ahead of Action Forum. The sooner you add your session, the more exposure it will have to the community.
Pitch Videos on AGLN’s Social Media: Like in the Agora 101 video, you can submit a 60-second pitch video to the AGLN’s communications team to have your meet-up promoted on our social media channels. If you’re interested, e-mail Pearl Mak for more details on what to include and how to submit a video. Bonus: This video could also be used in your personal outreach to classmates and community members or posted to your own social media. Be sure to #Agora and #ActionForum in your posts!

We also encourage you to ask your Fellowship program staff and/or the AGLN team to suggest others in the AGLN community that could be a good fit for your session or help make connections to other relevant programs at the Aspen Institute.

 


What topics are being discussed in Agora? 

Fellows are looking to collaborate on a wide range of topics from agriculture to supply chain & logistics. Check out all of the offerings on Agora here
 


How do I add my meet-up to Agora 

Log-in to the AGLN website. If you forgot your log-in and/or password, you can retrieve it here.
Follow this link to access the space and click on ‘Host’.
Complete the host form to add your session on Agora.


I need help setting up my collaboration, who can I speak to? 

The AGLN Core Team can consult on the design of your collaboration in the early stages. This may include joining planning calls or meetings to frame your topic and its goals, brainstorm session formats, and identify participants to engage with. We are also happy to provide feedback on your meet-up descriptions and goals.  Reach out to Soo Jeon at soo.jeon@aspeninstitute.org.


Do I need to be registered for the Action Forum to attend meet-ups in Agora? 

No, but it is highly recommended. The theme of this year’s Action Forum is “Collective Leadership: What does it take in a polarized world?” During seminar dialogues and plenaries, we’ll be exploring the mind-sets and capacities needed to lead collectively, start building the skills needed to spark collaboration that last, and highlighting impact efforts already happening around the network that you can get involved with. Discussions in Agora are bound to spill over into the rest of the week of Action Forum. Don’t miss a beat - round out your experience and register now!

  
 

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

 

How can my spouse/partner participate in the Action Forum?

Your spouse/partner is invited to register for the event with you. If your spouse has not attended before, they will be required to attend a virtual orientation session in advance.

 

How can my child participate in the Action Forum?

We are excited to offer a Youth Action Forum program concurrently to the adult programming. Youth will be able to participate in plenary sessions, youth specific workshops, and virtual seminar dialogues with their peers. Unfortunately, youth will not be able to participate in Agora sessions this year. Youth registration is now open and will be first come, first served. The suggested cost to attend is $500 USD per youth participant and to maximize access we also offer a “pay what you can” option. 

 

What is the agenda for the Youth Action Forum?

Youth programming will include youth seminars, intergenerational plenaries and collaborative projects, check back here for agenda updates and will be offered at two times on programming days. You can always find the most up to date version of the agenda here. Reference our Global Time Zone Guide to determine which track is the best fit for your schedule.

   

OTHER

 

Who else is participating this year?

Check back on the Action Forum website this spring for an updated list of leaders attending the 2021 Action Forum.

How can I update my bio?

You can update your information on your profile on the AGLN website once you log-in. If you have never logged-in to the AGLN Website or App, or if you have forgotten your password, use this link and enter the email we normally use to contact you to reset your password. If you are still having issues logging in, reach out to Phoebe Copeland at phoebe.copeland@aspeninstitute.org.

 

2021 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

GILLIAN AND ROBERT STEEL

MARGOT AND TOM PRITZKER


PAUL HASTINGS LLP