Since 2009, we have partnered with the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization that fosters leadership based on enduring values and provides a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. As a public program of the Institute, Aspen Words underscores the highest humanistic ideals of Institute founder Walter Paepcke: to better understand human challenges by cultivating one’s inner life through the exchange of words, stories, and ideas. 

“The Aspen Institute brings together people with different outlooks to search for common ground and make the world a better place. Aspen Words embodies this mission by cultivating the exchange of stories and ideas, and by giving voice to diverse perspectives.” —Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, The Aspen Institute

isaacson-patricegilbertWalter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine, and is the author of several bestselling biographies and nonfiction books.

Isaacson’s most recent book, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (2014) is a biographical tale of the people who invented the computer, Internet and the other great innovations of the digital age.

He is the author of Steve Jobs (2011), Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986). Complete bio>>

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