The Aspen Institute is a Washington D.C.-based educational and policy studies organization with campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, offices in New York City and an international network of partners. Its mission is to foster leadership and provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. Programming employs the Aspen Method, a moderated dialogue and interactive discussion approach that brings participants from various backgrounds and perspectives together in a small group settings to learn from one another. Activities are organized into nine areas of focus that include: culture and communication, economy, education, health, energy and environment, justice and equality, advancing opportunity, security, philanthropy and social enterprise and global affairs.
Onsite and virtual seminars deepen knowledge, broaden perspectives and enhance the problem-solving capacity of leaders. Young leader fellowships offer selected participants from around the world a multi-year leadership development opportunity. Policy forums share data, analysis and problem solving opportunities with participants. Public conferences and events serve as a commons for people to share ideas and engage directly with the institute.