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  1. 1. insights&ideas WHAT’S NEW AND WHAT’S NEWS AT THE INSTITUTE CHINA ON THE RISE Bill & Melinda The Aspen Strategy Group’s (ASG) 26th annual summer workshop in Aspen tackled Gates Foundation one of the most prominent topics in current global affairs: China’s growing influ- co-chair Bill ence. Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft and Harvard government Gates, Sr. professor Joseph Nye, both chairmen of ASG, led the group’s annual five-day event in August on China’s regional relationships, military modernization, economic growth, energy policy, environmental and health challenges, and popular culture. The workshop, dubbed “China’s March in the 21st Century,” brought together top American experts on China as well as several distinguished Chinese speakers, including Wa n g J i s i , dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University, and Cui Liru, presi- dent of the China Institutes of Contem- porary International Relations. Several members of Congress and current and recent administration officials, includ- ing State Department counselor Philip Zelikow and former Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, also took part G I V E S M A RTER Alex Irvin — and were also on hand to offer a spe- Just after billionaire Warren Buffett cial discussion session on the Middle Wang Jisi, dean of the School of Inter national made news worldwide by pledging East as violence erupted there. Studies at Peking University, in Aspen almost $40 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Insti- tute’s Nonprofit Sector and Philan- thropy Program held its inaugural Global Philanthropy Forum for Inter- national Donors in Aspen in July. The forum began with remarks by Gates foundation co-chair Bill Gates, Sr. on the mega-gift’s impact on the Ed Freeman/Getty Images foundation and on philanthropy in general. Then the group of 25 indi- vidual donors, foundation executives, and family foundation trustees explored theoretical and practical challenges, probing philanthropic New Frontier For Chinese Business motivations and ambitions with read- ings by Aristotle, Robert Hayden, As China’s private sector balloons, businesses are increasingly responsible for aspects Philip Gourevitch, and others. of the country’s social welfare. But China’s businesses have no experience providing Designed with the Global Philan- services such as health care or environmental protection, so China could face massive thropy Forum of the World Affairs social challenges. Enter Chinese MBA students, who could play a major role in facing Council, the forum also included ses- those challenges. To help them, the Institute’s Business and Society Program is join- sions with Institute trustee and Roll ing Chinese business schools, the Chinese private sector, and international partners International Corp. vice chair Lynda to launch a major initiative in late 2006 urging the development of MBA curricula that R e s n i c k and FasterCures chair address social issues. Chinese NGOs will lend business schools their insights and Michael Milken, who both shared experience around these concerns, and international corporations and Chinese busi- ideas for becoming more strategic ness leaders will kick off what are likely to be groundbreaking discussions on the and effective philanthropists. topic. For more information, contact 16 WINTER 2006/2007 THE ASPEN IDEA
  2. 2. insights&ideas Jose Cisneros TEACHABLE ENERGY MOMENT? Is the era of cheap and plentiful energy over? The annual Aspen Energy Policy Forum in July concluded that current high-and-climbing prices are creating a “teachable moment” on the foreign policy and climate consequences of energy use — which could, among other results, invigorate efforts for increased energy SAVINGS efficiency and conservation. “History is not simply repeating itself,” said forum chair Phil Sharp, president of Resources for the Future. “There is major new com- R O U N D TA B L E S petition for oil and gas supplies from the developing world, especially China, and HIT THE ROAD we must limit greenhouse gas emissions. There is heavy lifting ahead.” For more information, visit Savings rates in America have declined at an alarming rate. In InnovationHappen? response, the Institute’s Initiative on How Does Financial Security (IFS) and the Global Markets Institute at Gold- Some of the most exciting innovation in business is happening where financial, man Sachs have teamed up to host a social, and environmental objectives intersect. At the “First Movers: Next Steps” national series of roundtables with workshop in early November, hosted by the Institute’s Business and Society Pro- local leaders, moderated by IFS gram, executives who have pioneered this kind of innovation will dissect their suc- executive director Lisa Mensah and cesses while the leadership professionals work to distill lessons from their stories — Goldman Sachs Vice Chairman ideally arriving at ways to replicate them in the future. They will meet in Chicago Suzanne Nora Johnson. At the first, and start by touring designer Bruce Mau’s Massive Change: The Future of Global held in San Francisco in May, the Design show at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, an experience designed city’s treasurer, Jose Cisneros, spoke Nora Feller to spark fresh thinking about the social and environmental risks and opportunities about innovative local programs to just over the horizon. encourage savings and investment. In June in Jackson, Mississippi, Gov- McCain Weighs In ernor Haley Barbour and former Governor William Winter discussed saving and investing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. At the third On July 1, the Institute and the Aspen Music Festival co- roundtable, in Atlanta, Mayor hosted “Words and Music,” featuring Institute trustee and Shirley Franklin focused on new fed- former presidential advisor David Gergen interviewing US erally sponsored child savings Senator John McCain (R-AZ), as well as a concert by stu- accounts in the UK: “If there was a dents of the Aspen Music Festival and School. Gergen and way to learn the value of saving at an McCain discussed the war in Iraq, Social Security, immi- earlier age, jump-started by a pro- gration, global warming, creationism and more, and the gram like those, I think we would be event was followed by a benefit dinner hosted by Socrates able to move our residents a lot more founders Laura and Gary Lauder. Attended by nearly 350 quickly and more satisfactorily guests, the dinner raised $90,000 for the Socrates Society through the next stages of life: col- Endowment Fund and the Aspen Institute Seminar Schol- lege, technical school, entrepre- arship Fund — and featured Senator McCain, who took neurship, and ultimately, wealth questions from CNN correspondent Wolf Blitzer. building and homeownership.” 18 WINTER 2006/2007 THE ASPEN IDEA
  3. 3. insights&ideas CHINA SEMINAR PROBES Nationalism ANCIENT AND MODERN vs. In September, two dozen people joined Institute moderators, China scholars, and Globalization? American and British expatriate journalists and businesspeople for a week’s explo- ration of the culture, contradictions, and challenges of contemporary China. The Globalization is an unstop- Institute’s first seminar overseas in many years stuck with the traditional Aspen pable force. Or is it? Nation- approach of moderated discussion of important texts: Participants began with an alism, in many ways, puts exploration of classical Confucian and Taoist values then moved to more modern the brakes on globalization texts, primarily by Chinese authors, about Chinese culture, politics, economics and — especially when nations foreign policy. They spent mornings in the seminar room and afternoons watching block cross-border mergers a film, visiting contemporary art galleries, and exploring key ancient and modern and acquisitions and region- sites. They talked with Chinese officials and were joined throughout by Sidney alism reigns. The impact of Rittenberg, an American who is legendary in China for knowing six decades of this tension was a hot topic Chinese leaders and spending 16 years Chinese prisons (10 in solitary confine- at the Program on the World ment) on false spying and other charges. They visited the political, historic and cul- Economy’s annual confer- tural capital Beijing; the gleaming, towering economic miracle of Shanghai; and ence in Aspen in August. The the famed Huangshan Mountain (or Yellow Mountain, in Anhui Province) which program, which is co-chaired is iconic in Chinese art and represents the still-vital philosophical and spiritual tra- by E . G e r a l d C o r r i g a n of dition of “harmony.” Elliot Gerson, EVP of Seminars and Public Programs, who G o l d m a n S a c h s a n d W. organized the seminar with the expertise of Henry Crown Fellow and China resi- Bowman Cutter of Warburg dent Joshua Cooper Ramo, said it was so successful that the Institute would con- Pincus, convened a cross- tinue to offer overseas seminars in the future, with a seminar on modern India section of officials from 15 already being planned for October 2007. Based on the extraordinary response, countries, including National Gerson said that the China seminar will repeat next fall and perhaps annually Bureau of Economic thereafter if interest exists. Research President and CEO Those interested in future seminars abroad — including one on climate change and rainforest ecology in Brazil in spring 2008 — should contact Charlene Costello at M a r t i n F e l d s t e i n , Mexican or (410) 820-5374. Finance Minister F r a n c i s c o Gil-Díaz, and Malcolm Knight, general manager of the Bank for International Settlements Study in contrasts: China Seminar in Switzerland. participants pose before Shanghai’s skyline and Huangshan Mountain 19 WINTER 2006/2007 THE ASPEN IDEA
  4. 4. insights&ideas Educating the World’s Girls The Council of Women World Leaders, an Institute partnership, launched its Girls’ Education Initiative in Washington, DC in June. Led by former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, chair of the Council, the group of national and international education experts discussed girls’ access to and success in education, focusing specifically on collaboration between the aca- demic and government communities, public-private partnerships in educa- tion, and sustainable long-term planning. The launch was held in partner- ship with the World Economic Forum Women Leaders Programme and Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Women’s Leadership Board. Future work in the Initiative will include convening a net- work of Women Ministers of Education to share experiences and lessons. Foreign A Well-Connected Group Policy The annual FORTUNE-Aspen Institute Brainstor m brought 250 invited exec- Balancing utives, technology innovators, government officials, and other leaders to the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in late June. Centered on the theme “Life Act in a Connected World,” the three-day conference focused on technology and its impact now and in the future, specifically looking at how the new connect- edness changes business, society, culture, and daily life around the world. Vari- The interplay between defense, ations on this theme cov- diplomacy, and development assis- ered subjects as diverse as tance in the US foreign policy arena is green technologies; Japan’s complex — think post-conflict rising influence; entertain- Afghanistan or Lebanon — but criti- ment in the digital age; and cal to how the US operates in the why a cure for cancer world. The Institute’s Global Interde- remains elusive despite pendence Initiative (GII) hosted a technological break- retreat in mid-May with a diverse throughs, with champion array of participants to consider how cyclist and activist Lance to get the right balance of these for- Ar mstrong and other pan- eign policy tools. The mix included e l i s t s . S p e ci a l g u e s t s Lieutenant General B o b W o o d , included President of El Oxfam America president R a y Salvador E l í a s A n t o n i o Offenheiser, former USAID director Saca, Former US Supreme Andrew Natsios, the first Director of Court Justice Sandra Day Foreign Assistance, Ambassador O’Connor, and Sen. John R a n d a l l To b i a s , and S t e p h e n McCain (R-AZ), who K r a s n e r , the State Department’s closed the confab. director of Policy Planning. The resulting documents, already inform- ing the administration’s foreign assis- tance reform efforts, will serve as the L a n c e A r m s t ro n g i n A s p e n a t t h e basis for a discussion at the next in B r a i n s t o r m c o n f e r ence Nora Feller the series of GII’s “Effective Aid, Effective Advocacy” meetings. 20 WINTER 2006/2007 THE ASPEN IDEA
  5. 5. insights&ideas Nigerian talk show host and ALI fellow Funmi Iyanda and Silicon Valley e x e c u t i v e a n d H e n r y Cro w n F e l l o w P e t e r H i r s h b e rg j o i n e d t h e F o r um on Gr e g B e h r m a n , “ F u t u r e o f Communications and Society in August E u ro p e ” m o d e r a t o r a n d Institute Henry Kissinger New Media Fellow, with for mer Secretar y of State Henry Kissinger Good or Bad News? FUTURE FOCUS At the Forum on Communica- tions and Society in Aspen in In May the Institute and The Atlantic magazine launched “The Future of...” August, reps from both main- series of panel discussions and receptions for some 75 invited experts, business stream and emerging media out- leaders and policymakers. The first two installments, held in May and June in lets weighed the societal benefits New York City, focused on Europe. The May panel, moderated by The Atlantic’s and drawbacks of new ways in Clive Crook, featured former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Jean-Philippe which information is delivered. Cotis of the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Develop- The group of 30 — which ment, and John Peet of The Economist. The June panel, moderated by the Insti- ranged from Time Editor in tute’s Henry Kissinger Fellow for Foreign Policy Greg Behrman, featured former Chief J i m K e l l y to Craigslist Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and John Bruton, EU Ambassador to the founder Craig Newmark to inter- United States, and covered foreign policy and security. The series will continue national policy experts — with a look at China. explored the blogosphere’s impact on the delivery of news and the growth of brands, the impact of modern media on WELCOME FAMILY global issues, and the media’s TO THE role in a democracy. The forum, a project of the Institute’s Com- In the fall, the Institute’s family got a little bigger, thanks to the com- munications and Society Pro- gram, was co-chaired by former munity that surrounds our Aspen Wye River Campus near the Chesa- Broadcasting Board of Governors peake Bay on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Institute formally chairman Marc Nathanson and launched the Aspen Wye Fellows, a donor group modeled after the former FCC Chairman R e e d Society of Fellows (see page 34 for details on that group) that will help Hundt. Two Africa Leadership support the Institute’s operations and have access to activities in Initiative Fellows, Ghanaian Aspen, Washington, DC, and elsewhere — as well as a growing lineup BBC World correspondent of events at the Aspen Wye River campus. To welcome them, Institute Kwaku Sakyi Addo and Nigerian trustee Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan spoke to an audience of talk-show host F u n m i I y a n d a founding Aspen Wye Fellows in October. For more information, visit (pictured above), also took part. 22 WINTER 2006/2007 THE ASPEN IDEA
  6. 6. insights&ideas Goes Global MicroMentor MicroMentor, a project of the Institute’s Economic Opportunities program, was founded in 2002 as an online mentoring project to reach ultra-small- Dan Bayer scale entrepreneurs in California. Within two years, the program took off and went national. Now, thanks to a recent agreement with Mercy Corps, the program will expand globally. MicroMentor caught the attention of the Socrates Society par ticipants in Aspen in July international humanitarian relief and development agency, which supports A Decade of microenterprise development in the US and overseas, with its innovative Socrates use of technology to deliver crucial expertise to emerging entrepreneurs, wherever they are located. Mercy Corps will soon begin adding staff and resources to MicroMentor domestically and internationally, in the 40 devel- July marked the 10th anniversary of oping countries where the agency already has a presence as well as others. the Socrates Society Forum for young To learn more, visit leaders, an Institute program that offers dynamic, civic-minded young professionals three-day seminars on complex current issues. It was the best-attended session since the pro- gram’s inception, selling out five con- current seminars on topics from the media and the future of cyberspace to globalization and America’s role in the world, internet innovation, and the role of the Bible in modern life. BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND The first Socrates Society semi- nar at the Institute’s Wye River campus, held in October 2005, Upward Mobility was so successful that it returns January 12–14, 2007. Like last year, 12 members of the public will mix with 12 Senate staffers With two billion mobile phones in use worldwide, mobile connectivity has (equal parts Democrat and morphed from a luxury to a necessity — consider farmers in Bangladesh who Republican) for three days of auction their crops on a Craigslist-style service on their cell phones, or govern- moderated dialogue on modern ment officials who rely on daily text messages to monitor infectious diseases. bioethical dilemmas such as These represent only a fraction of the possibilities unleashed by the convergence those involving genetics, vac- of wireless technologies and the internet. At the Communications and Society cines, and embryos. Dr. Ezekiel Program’s Roundtable on Information Technology, held in August in Aspen, Emanuel, chair of the Depart- tech experts, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and academics weighed in on the ment of Clinical Bioethics at the profound changes ahead — the most significant of which may be the emergence Warren G. Magnuson Clinical of a whole new category of businesspeople in the US and the developing world. Center at the National Institutes “All of a sudden, you’re expanding the range of groups that can communicate,” of Health, will moderate. To said James Manyika, a partner at McKinsey & Co. and leader of the firm’s high- participate, visit tech practice. “You’re making it possible for new economic activity to take place.” w w 24 WINTER 2006/2007 THE ASPEN IDEA
  7. 7. insights&ideas Timely Talk TOASTING LEADERSHIP on Torture The 2006 Fall Awards Dinner takes Va c l a v H a v e l place on November 1 at the Rainbow For the first time ever, each of the Room in New York City. At the event, Institute’s two July Justice and Soci- the Institute honors V á c l a v H a v e l , ety Seminars included a special former President of the Czech Repub- afternoon session on torture. The participants — judges, lawyers, US lic, with its Global Leadership Award prison officials, legal scholars, and and Goldman Sachs with its Corporate others — focused on two questions: Leadership Award. Proceeds benefit What are the risks to our society of the Institute’s programs. affirming the absolute prohibition on torture as embedded in both For photos from the event, visit U.S. and international law? What are the risks of accepting torture, even in limited and limiting cir- cumstances? The readings included essays by political theorist Michael W a l z e r , Human Rights Watch Senior Legal Advisor James Ross, and Harvard human rights scholar M i c h a e l I g n a t i e ff . Wall of Honor On August 5th, members of the Institute Board of Trustees gathered to remember four people who have helped make the Institute what it is Ken Cedeno today: Muriel Hoffman, trustee of STEEL TO SERVE TREASURY the Henry and Gladys Crown Char- The Senate confirmation process began in September for Institute board chairman itable Trust, who helped found and Robert K. Steel, who was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as under- support the Henry Crown Fellow- secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance. Steel was approved by the Senate ship Program; diplomat and former and officially sworn into office on October 10. Steel is pictured above at his Septem- Institute Vice President Christopher ber 21 hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, with his wife, Gillian, and Makins; and trustees John McNulty Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson. and Phil Merrill. In a solemn dedica- tion ceremony on the Koch Patio on the Aspen Meadows campus, the They Know It When They See It group heard tributes to each — by outgoing Institute Chairman Bill Teens aged 13 to 18 tackled the First Amendment at the Teen Mayer, Henry Crown Program Socrates Seminar in Aspen in early July. Using Socratic dialogue Executive Director Keith Berwick, and critical thinking, they explored the history of the amendment incoming Chairman Bob Steel, and and the boundaries of free speech in a democracy. Teen Socrates Berl Bernhard, respectively — will convene again over Presidents’ Day Weekend in 2007. beneath a memorial wall newly adorned with their names. 26 WINTER 2006/2007 THE ASPEN IDEA
  8. 8. insights&ideas RODEL NAMES SECOND CLASS The With the first class of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership halfway through its Entrepreneurial two-year series of seminars, the program selected its second class in September. The new Fellows — 12 Republicans and 12 Democrats, chosen through a nomination process that involved more than Spirit 1,400 business, professional, and civic leaders and an advisory committee of some 50 political leaders — will start with a seminar in Aspen in early December. With their addition, the Rodel Program, led by director and former Oklahoma Congressman In July, the Institute and Mickey Edwards, now totals 48 public-office holders from 34 states, all of whom were no older than 45 at the time of their selection and have reputations for intelligence, thoughtfulness, and a will- NewSchools Venture Fund ingness to work in a bipartisan way. “The Rodel program has far exceeded its goal in attracting the launched Entrepreneurship in very best,” says Edwards. Public Education, a new proj- ect supported through a major 2006 Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellows three-year grant from E*Trade, State Rep. Rafael Anchia State Dianne Jones, criminal court Judge, Texas whose founder and chief Mitch Representative, Texas State Sen. Ellen Karcher New Jersey Andre Bauer, Lt. Governor, South Carolina State Rep. Leah Landrum Taylor, Arizona Kaplan has championed the Lynette Boggs McDonald, County State Sen. Chuck Larson, Nebraska initiative. It aims to promote Commissioner, Nevada Lisa Madigan, Attorney General, Illinois State Rep. Laura Brod, Assistant Majority Jack Markell, State Treasurer, Delaware more entrepreneurial Leader, Minnesota Deb Markowitz, Secretary of State, Vermont approaches to tackling the Adolfo Carrion, Bronx Borough President, Rob McKenna, Attorney General, nation’s education challenges New York Washington Jeff Cloud, Oklahoma Corporation Todd Rokita, Secretary of State, Indiana as well as the teaching of Commissioner State Sen. Andrew Roraback, Connecticut entrepreneurship in high Eric Garcetti, President of Los Angeles Deborah Ross, State Rep. North Carolina schools serving low-income City Council, CA State Rep. Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania Kamala Harris, San Francisco District Greg Stanton, Phoenix City Council, Arizona communities. Attorney, California Ron Thornburgh, Secretary of State, At the center of the project State Rep. Jon Husted, Speaker of the Kansas House, South Carolina Darren White, Sheriff, New Mexico is “The Gathering,” a three- day convening of leaders from more than two dozen organi- B i l l M a y e r a n d I n s t i t u t e E V P A m y M a r g e r um zations working to transform at Mayer’s final meeting as board chair man America’s public education system from the ground up. Representing national fun- ders, public charter school organizations, civic groups, academia, professional train- ing programs, and developers of innovative curricula, they worked for three days to forge working partnerships and an Nora Feller overall strategy for collabora- tion in areas of high need. “I A FOND FAREWELL was thrilled to see the com- mitment this group made to The August 2006 meeting of the Institute’s Board of Trustees marked the end of Bill support education in New M a y e r’s six years of service as chairman. “I could not have asked for a better partner Orleans,” said Institute Presi- dent and CEO Walter Isaac- in leading the Institute,” said President and CEO Walter Isaacson of Mayer. Mayer son, vice chair of the Louisiana received many kind words and several gifts from the board and staff — including a Recovery Authority, who took personalized iPod (he’s an avid runner) and a vintage Aspen photograph by Ferenc part in some of the sessions. Berko. He also learned that the courtyard between the Paepcke and Koch buildings on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus would be named in his honor. 27 THE ASPEN IDEA WINTER 2006/2007
  9. 9. insights&ideas SAVE THE DATE Par ticipants in the June Racial Equity The Aspen Health Seminar take it outside Forum October 3–6, 2007: Scientists, doctors, policymakers, global health advocates, investors, and interested lay people are invited to explore the cutting edge of modern medi- cine, from lifesaving new tech- nologies to how science is tack- ling the most critical issues in global health. The Aspen Health Forum will feature major talks Young People, Old Problem and panel discussions plus in- depth, interactive sessions for How are today’s young people affected by racism, and what can we do to stop it? The small groups, with overarching Institute’s Roundtable on Community Change helped leaders in youth development topics such as cancer, nutrition, from seven cities look for answers in two different Racial Equity seminars in June in chronic disease, and global pan- Aspen. Representing city boards of education, local departments of youth services, demics. For more information, city councils, regional and national media outlets, and grassroots youth organizations, visit w w the participants worked together through dialogue, group exercises, and informal con- health. versations about policies, practices and stereotypes — both historical and contempo- rary — that contribute to racial disparities between youth and within their own organ- izations. As part of their final exercise, participants identified a racial equity goal for their organization or community and devised a strategy for achieving it. ROUNDTABLE SERIES RESTARTS “No Child” Gr o u p P r eps for ’07 Former special envoy to the Middle East Dennis Ross of the At press time, the Institute’s Commission on No Child Left Behind — chaired Washington Institute for Near by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson and for- East Policy kicked off the Aspen mer Georgia Governor Roy Barnes — had heard from a total of more than 50 educators, education leaders, and government officials at six hearings around Roundtable Series in Washing- the country. It had also received more than 5,000 varied critiques of the NCLB ton, DC in September, followed act through its web site. The in October by security expert Commission, created to Ashton Car t e r, Ford Founda- assess the efficacy of the No tion Professor of Science and Child Left Behind Act, will International Affairs at Harvard’s continue to gather the testi- Kennedy School of Govern- mony and deliberate ment. The monthly discussion through the year’s end. It series, sponsored by Daimler aims to deliver its formal Chrysler and focused on critical recommendations for foreign policy issues, continues amendments and revisions through June. For in-depth cov- to the act to Congress by NCLB Commission chairs Roy Bar nes and Tommy early 2007, when the act is erage of the discussions, includ- Thompson and Dr. James Pughsley, a commissioner, slated for renewal. ing streaming video, visit www. at an August hearing on the education act in Cambridge, Massachusetts 28 WINTER 2006/2007 THE ASPEN IDEA
  10. 10. insights&ideas The Home Stretch The Doerr-Hosier Center, the ambitious new meeting hall on the Insti- tute’s Aspen Meadows campus, is near- ing completion. Building began in late “Stone River” p a t rons 2005, and throughout the summer visi- B r yan and tors to the Institute’s campus could see June Zwan the form develop, from bare steel girders “Stone River” with the Doerr-Hosier Center in the Dan Bayer to walls, roofs, terraces, and walkways. b a c k g ro u n d , i n S e p t e m b e r Combining elements of modernism with inspiration from the natural world and The Artist at Work Eastern philosophy and design, it will explore new architectural terrain in a At press time, British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy and his team were putting the fin- style architect Jeff Berkus has dubbed ishing touches on “Stone River,” the red sandstone serpentine wall that winds into “dynamic modernism.” Utilizing green and through the Doerr-Hosier Center — a graceful touch for the building and an technologies and materials to minimize artistic masterwork in its own right. The wall — representing the artist's strongest impact and maximize efficiency, Berkus interaction with a building to date — was made possible by funding from Institute and the team from Shaw construction supporters Bryan and June Zwan. are striving to make the center “green” in Goldsworthy had worked with architects previously, including Doerr-Hosier all ways possible. It is slated for comple- architect Jeff Berkus, but never in such a fully integrated capacity — an opportunity tion in January 2007, and will offer a that drew him to this project, he says. “It is unusual to have a chance to work with a large indoor meeting space for up to 450 building right from the ground up,” says Goldsworthy. “And it’s unusual to have an people, terraces and seminar rooms, a architect who’s enthusiastic about having an artist involved in the project from the full event kitchen, and an Institute his- start, not just to add an artwork at the end. The wall needs the building; they work tory room. An in-depth look at the new together.” Also, he adds, the landscape attracted him, as well as the aim of the build- building will appear in the Summer ing and the Institute itself. “The concept of bringing people together from all around 2007 issue of The Aspen Idea. the world gave rise to the idea of this form that would come from the outside in.” DONORS MAKE IDEA CONCRETE Since the Doerr-Hosier Center was just a kernel of an idea, committed trustees and other Institute friends have stepped forward with the funds necessary to begin, sustain and, now, complete, the project. The Institute is grateful to the following donors, listed alphabetically: James L. Barksdale Jerry Hosier Mercedes and Sid Bass Soledad and Robert Hurst Chuck Bellock and Bill Joy Madeleine Morrison Alex Kaufman Nora Feller Melva Bucksbaum and Jerry Murdock Raymond Learsy John P. and Anne Welsh Some of the building’s major donors Gerald Hosier (left), J e r r y M u rd o c k ( s e c o n d f ro m r i g h t ) a n d J o h n D o e r r ( r i g h t ) The Catto Charitable McNulty Foundation M e rc e d e s ( p i c t u re d ) with Walter Isaacson (second from left), and architect Jeff and Sid Bass pledged Foundation Lynda and Stewart Berkus (center). a major donation in John Doerr Resnick August. 29 WINTER 2006/2007 THE ASPEN IDEA
  11. 11. insights&ideas CALI’s First Grads The inaugural class of the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI) “graduated” in Antigua, Guatemala, on July 20, after finishing its closing seminar, the fourth in a two-year span. The 19 CALI Fellows — from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama — focused on issues of legacy, engagement, and the need for action and discussed writings by Mark The first CALI class announces its gift to t h e p ro g r a m a t g r a d u a t i o n . Twain, Oscar Wilde, Fyodor Dos- toyevsky, and others. They also talked about their indi- Up and Running in West Africa… vidual leadership projects, which they developed and implemented in their In mid-May, 24 proven young leaders from Nigeria and Ghana gathered as the home countries as a part of their CALI first West Africa Leadership Initiative class. These business, government, and requirements. Projects included NGO leaders — 12 men and 12 women, 13 Ghanaians and 11 Nigerians — founding a nonprofit to eradicate mal- spent four days in Akosombo, Ghana, overlooking picturesque Lake Volta, for the nutrition in El Salvador, promoting first of four seminars entrepreneurship in Nicaragua, teach- they will attend ing environmental awareness in a together. Before the Panamanian school, and combating seminar adjourned, violence in schools with a “Peace each Fellow commit- Army” in Costa Rica. At a festive cer- ted to taking specific emony hosted by CALI co-founder action on personal, Juan Luis Bosch, the graduating group organizational, and announced a parting gift: a pledge to community levels and give $100,000 over the next two years to meeting amongst to support future CALI classes. themselves before the next meeting in We s t A f r i c a F e l l o w s Liberty’s Latest Abuja, Nigeria in t a l k d u r i n g a b re a k a t their first seminar November. The Liber ty Fellowship announced in July that it had selected the 20 …and in India emerging South Carolina leaders w h o w i l l c o m p r i s e i t s t h i rd class. Some of India’s sharpest young leaders have joined the ranks of the Aspen T h e g ro u p , w h i c h w i l l “ g r a d u a t e ” i n Global Leadership Network through the new India Leadership Initiative (ILI), a 2 0 0 8 , w a s c h o s e n b y L i b e r t y ’s joint venture between the Aspen Institute (US), Aspen India, and the Global B o a rd o f D i re c t o r s f ro m m o re t h a n Markets Institute of Goldman Sachs. ILI inducted 24 trailblazers from business, 100 nominees. For a list of fellows government, and civil society between the ages of 30 and 45 into its inaugural a n d m o re i n f o r m a t i o n o n t h e p ro - class. The group, joined by eight Goldman Sachs Aspen India Fellows for its first g r a m , v i s i t w w w. l i b e r t y f e l l o w leadership seminar, will convene in South India’s coastal city of Goa. s h i p s c . o r g. 30 WINTER 2006/2007 THE ASPEN IDEA
  12. 12. insights&ideas Calling All Fellows To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program and to christen its international offspring — the Institute’s global leadership network — the Institute will host a convocation on leadership for all Institute leadership initiative Fellows, from the domestic programs to the international initiatives, in Aspen June Nora Feller 28–30, 2007. Dubbed “Act II,” it will offer perspectives on the McNulty important themes of our time through a series of moderated round- tables on issues including education, science and technology, eco- New Global Fund nomic development and global economics, justice and human At the annual Summer Celebration Din- rights, health and welfare, the environment and energy, faith and ner in Aspen, Institute trustee Anne religion, and governance, corruption and the rule of law. It will also Welsh McNulty announced the cre- call on the fellows and fellowships as a collective to take specific ation of a special fund in honor of her actions. late husband, trustee John P. McNulty, who died in late 2005: The John P. For information, contact Martha Lange at martha.lange@aspeninst. McNulty Global Leadership Fund, org or (805) 962-9412. which will support the growing Aspen Global Leadership Network. FIRST RODEL CLASS MEETS IN NEW ORLEANS The inaugural class of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership met in New Orleans — a poignant place for young political leaders to consider their values and responsibilities. The June seminar — the group’s second of three domestic gatherings — probed the relationship between democracy, community and the indi- vidual. Between discussion sessions, the group met with local leaders and citizens who have been “on the ground” rebuild- ing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. One afternoon, they had a lunch briefing with top National Guard officials, followed by a specially arranged helicop- ter tour of the area and a bus tour of the city’s devastated neighborhoods. Another day they met with Women of the Storm, a citizens’ group that has been critical in garnering support for rebuilding. “It had a real impact on the Fellows,” says the program’s director Mickey Edwards. “These are people who all might have to face serious problems or disasters in their own communities, so this was an important experience.” Lagniappe Studio Lagniappe Studio Colorado State Senator Jennifer Veiga and Tom Perez, president of the Nebraska Attor ney General Jonathan Br uning tours a Katrina- M o n t g o m e r y C o u n t y C o u n c i l i n M a r y l a n d , g e t a b i rd ' s e y e v i e w o f t h e ravaged New Orleans home K a t r i n a w re c k a g e o n a h e l i c o p t e r t o u r w i t h o t h e r R o d e l F e l l o w s . 31 WINTER 2006/2007 THE ASPEN IDEA