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About the Aspen Ideas Festival

Imagine some of the most inspired and provocative thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers, and other leaders — all gathered in a single place.

History and Highlights

For over 60 years, the Aspen Institute has been the nation's premier gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times.

In a ground-breaking extension of its mandate to create opportunities for deep dialogue, the Aspen Institute now seeks to engage a broader audience in a discussion of some of the significant ideas and issues that touch all parts of our society as found in the arts, science, culture, religion, philosophy, economics, and politics. Alongside our partner, The Atlantic, we intend to offer a stimulating and invigorating celebration of some of the liveliest minds on the stage today. We invite you to join us.

Imagine some of the most inspired and provocative thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers, and other leaders drawn from myriad fields and from across the country and around the world — all gathered in a single place, ready to teach, speak, lead, question and answer — all interacting with an audience of thoughtful people who have stepped back from their day-to-day routines to delve deeply into a world of ideas, thought and discussion. The event promises to be thought-provoking, meaningful and fun — true to Aspen tradition. 

Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President of Policy and Public Programs, International Partners, The Aspen Institute

At Aspen Ideas, big ideas come to light. Hear just a few of them delivered by our speakers.

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Aspen Ideas Festival: An Introduction

2020 Festival Cancellation

After much deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Aspen Ideas Festival. We choose to prioritize the health and safety of our attendees, speakers, staff, and countless volunteers, and signal our respect for those both locally and globally who are struggling with the consequences of this outbreak. 

*Read more about our response.

*Questions? Read our FAQ page.

*Did you purchase a pass to the 2020 Festival? Here are your purchased pass options.

Help Us Bring Aspen Ideas 2020 to You!

We’re committed to sharing ideas that matter with you — and the world. Our team is weighing different ways to bring the essence and experience of Aspen Ideas to you in lieu of our convening in Aspen, and we greatly appreciate your perspective on what you value most. Answer just a few short questions to help us bring Aspen Ideas 2020 to you!

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