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The Aspen Institute - the foundation to more than 60 years of providing civil discourse that cuts through partisan debate on some of the world's most pressing issues in attempts to find a common ground in an often-polarizing environment. Its mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. By providing an impartial forum and through facilitating open dialogue, participants can learn from each other, explore ideas, and develop innovative solutions for organizations, communities and the world.
Walter Paepcke (1896-1960), a Chicago businessman, first came to Aspen, Colorado in 1945. Inspired by the surrounding natural beauty and clarity of thought, he envisioned the town as an ideal place for thinkers, leaders, artists and musicians from around the world to gather and reflect on the underlying values of modern society and culture. Determined, Paepcke organized a gathering to celebrate the 200th birthday of German poet and philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which attracted more than 2,000 prominent intellectuals and artists in what came to be known as the Executive Seminar. A forum based on the writings of leading past and present thinkers, attendees would better understand the human challenges facing their immediate societies, as well as the global community.
"The Executive Seminar was not intended to make a corporate treasurer a more skilled corporate treasurer, but to help a leader gain access to his or her own humanity by becoming more self-aware, more self-correcting and more self-fulfilling." - Walter Paepcke
Today, the Executive Forum has given way to various sessions covering topics from education, the Middle East, the arts, health, and the environment. Staying true to its roots and founder's dream, the Aspen Institute continues to bring together the world's most influential, innovative and inspiring leaders to help make awareness and global change more possible.
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