In May 2015, Aspen Words facilitated a Story Swap for the new cohort of fellows with Ascend, a policy program of the Aspen Institute that develops breakthrough ideas to move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security. Ascend’s Executive Director, Anne Mosle praised the Story Swap as “one of the highlights” of the Fellows’ 2015 program. Aspen Words is scheduled to facilitate a Story Swap for the first meeting of the new cohort of Fellows in 2017.
“My Story Swap experience as part of my Aspen Institute Ascend Fellowship was one of the most impactful sessions I have ever participated in. It was carefully and thoughtfully presented and the results were absolutely incredible. More than a year later, I’m still telling people about the experience…I’ve never seen individuals bond so quickly and so permanently. I shared more with my fellow Fellows during the session than I have with people I have known for many years. As a retired Marine Corps Sergeant Major, the idea of being that vulnerable wasn’t something I was excited about – now I can’t imagine not doing it. It truly changed me.” —John Annis, Senior VP, Community Foundation of Sarasota County
“Deeply moving, informative, and touching to the human spirit in ways which are not so easily achieved via other routes.” —Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MS(LIS), MD, 2015/16 Ascend Fellow