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Aspen Ideas Festival 2012



The "Aspen Ideas Festival 2012" will take place in United States on 27 Jun 2012.


Aspen CO, United States

Entering its eighth year, the Aspen Ideas Festival will gather some of the most interesting thinkers and leaders from around the US and abroad to discuss their work, the issues that inspire them, and their ideas. Presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, the Festival is unique in its dedication to dialogue and exchange, and in its commitment to bringing ideas to the public at large.

Questions discussed at Aspen Ideas Festival 2012:

In an election year, who will we “choose?”
Is the economic crisis permanent?
What are the prospects for democracy around the globe… starting with the US?
How will we live in a world with seven billion people?
In the 21st century, what role does art play?
What do we believe and why?
How will radically disruptive technology transform society?

The 2012 Ideas Festival will address these questions and more as we bring thinkers and actors across a variety of fields to engage the audience and each other. Tutorials, lectures, debates, performances, and other events
promise enlightening and robust intellectual exchange.

Traditional daily forums will combine with new presentation and discussion formats:

“The Best Ideas of 2012” A series of short presentation to wow and inspire audiences
The new world of …invention? Hear what’s coming from the next generation
Global Conversations: Tune in with audiences elsewhere in a variety of deep dives
Plenary sessions offered three times a day: panels, one-on-one interviews, and presentations
Multiple, concurrent tutorial sessions twice daily, where attendees pick and choose from a menu of discussions across the programming spectrum
Casual conversations, book signings, exhibits, and presentations on campus between attendees and speakers, offering further opportunities for exchange
Evening Exchanges and in-town events in venues around Aspen that will bring Aspen Institute moderators, Atlantic editors, and other prominent national journalists together with presenters for substantive conversation
Dine Arounds! Are you hungry for ideas? Eat in town with fellow attendees and share your own ideas!
Films and performances

2012 Program tracks

Due to the breadth of certain topics, five program tracks will offer conversations across both sessions of the Festival, June 27 – 30 and June 30 – July 3. Additionally, focused attention will be given to three different subjects during each session of the Festival.

Program tracks for Session 1, June 27 – 30:
American Agenda: The Choice 2012
Jobs and the Economy: Is the Crisis Permanent?
World Affairs: Democracy on Trial
Arts and Culture: Art Matters
Our Planet: Life in a World of Seven Billion
Radical Disruptions: The Transformative Power of Technology
Sports Taken Seriously
What We Believe and Why: An Exploration of Values

Program tracks for Session 2, June 30 – July 3:
American Agenda: The Choice 2012
Jobs and the Economy: Is the Crisis Permanent?
World Affairs: Democracy on Trial
Arts and Culture: Art Matters
Our Planet: Life in a World of Seven Billion
Raising the 21st Century Child
War & Peace in the Modern World
Cracking the Genetic Code

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