The 2019 Theme: Borders: Within and Around Us
Within and Around Us
There are borders around us all. Walls between countries, religions, and cultures that decide what’s in and what’s not. Policies that can close or open, altering the spread of knowledge, resources, and transactions across sectors and nations. Man-made systems that construct and deconstruct our sense of seeing and being seen.
Whether literal or conceptual, all of these borders are real and powerful, and constantly evolving, especially as technology leapfrogs, political systems reorder, and business models disrupt. We now face renewed questions about the boundaries of human potential: What causes some borders to be drawn while others are erased? What cracks do you see emerging and where do you see bricks being laid? What borders preserve what you love and protect what you hold sacred? And which might be holding us back from realizing our shared horizons?
Around the seminar table, we break down some boundaries and reinforce others to explore the boundless frontier of human compassion, ingenuity, and leadership. We invite you to return to this space to ask: how is bordering impacting my world today? What might lie beyond the limits we have constructed? And what might transpire should we dare to leap across the edge?
About the Action Forum
Have you never been, but are wondering if this is the year to go? We think that every Fellow in the Aspen Global Leadership Network can benefit from attending the Action Forum. First time participants should especially consider it if:
- You’re at a personal or professional inflection point and need a moment to step back and get clarity and perspective
- You have children between the ages of 10-18 who might benefit from an Aspen seminar experience
- You’re looking to reconnect with old friend or new leaders in the AGLN
- You're launching a venture and need help or support
The event offers participants – most of whom are members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network – a chance to retreat from the spotlight, refresh their perspectives on their work and lives, and build relationships with other leaders from across the globe. Each year, more than 350 entrepreneurs gather from over 30 countries to delve into the most pressing global challenges at one of the Aspen Institute’s most diverse convenings. See who has attended the Resnick Aspen Action Forum here.
Those attending share a common thread: they are “doers” – men and women who have achieved great success in their careers as entrepreneurs and CEOs, and now are using their talents to make a dent in the universe. These participants are inspired by the Action Forum’s seminars, workshops, and topical dialogues, to make public “Action Pledges” which detail specific ways they will create positive change in their communities.
Dialogues and WorkshopsMost sessions will be small group dialogues of no more than 25 - 30 people each, much like the Aspen Institute's AGLN Fellowship experience. Learn more about the content offerings.
Staying in AspenThe Action Forum is held in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Learn more about how to prepare, where to stay, and what to see and do in Aspen.
Youth CampThe Youth Camp was created to make the Action Forum a family-friendly event. Give your kids the Aspen experience while you continue your own leadership journey at the Action Forum. Learn more about the Action Forum Youth Camps.
Moving From Thought to Action
Taking ActionParticipants of the Action Forum share a common thread; they’re inspired leaders committed to using their platforms as a force for measurable change. Through their Action Pledges, they are tackling the most intractable challenges in their communities. Learn more about Action Pledges and how to make one.
The 2018 Action Forum: Fearless Leadership
2018 Resnick Aspen Action Forum Sponsors
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ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN
THE JOHN P. AND ANNE WELSH MCNULTY FOUNDATION
PAUL HASTINGS LLP
THE SKOLL FOUNDATION
GILLIAN AND ROBERT STEEL
MARGOT AND TOM PRITZKER
MASTERCARD CENTER FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH
MICHAEL KLEIN AND JOANY FABRY
THE DANNY KAYE AND SYLVIA FINE KAYE FOUNDATION
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