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Maeda Brings Creativity to World Stage
President Maeda is speaking to global thinkers at the 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival, a “summer university for the mind.”
The week of June 27 RISD
President John Maeda will join more than 250 global leaders in the arts,
sciences, business, government and education for the Aspen Ideas Festival, a gathering of
influential thinkers who will consider key issues and challenges shaping the
world today – from hunger to hip-hop, terrorism to transportation, failing
schools to sustainability.
Among the luminaries slated to attend
the “week-long summer university for the mind,” Maeda will join
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, architect Frank Gehry, Palestinian
National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, media mogul Arianna Huffington,
musician Wynton Marsalis and Teach for America co-founder Wendy Kopp, as well
as four sitting Cabinet members in the Obama administration.
Maeda will focus
on the expansive role of creative thinking and art and design, in conjunction with one of the
festival’s four themes, Ways of Seeing,
Ways of Thinking: Arts and Design in American Culture. On Tuesday he will
deliver a lecture based on Redesigning
Leadership, his latest book with Becky Bermont, which presents a new model for leadership built on experimentation, honest critique and
learning by doing. Later in the conference he will share the stage
with panelists such as Gary Carter, COO of Freemantle, and Paola Antonelli, a
senior curator at MoMA, for a discussion about Creating Cultures of Creativity.
Throughout the week speakers will share
their ideas in sessions that will reach beyond the live audience of about 2,000 participants through Twitter,
Facebook, dedicated blogs
and online video updates. Now in its seventh year, the festival is sponsored by The Aspen Institute
and The Atlantic magazine, and will be broadcast live and on-demand through FORA.tv.
Founded by Chicago
industrialist and philanthropist Walter Paepcke in 1950, The Aspen Institute is
widely regarded as one of the premier gathering places for world leaders across
the ideological spectrum to explore global challenges, ideas and ideals.
Currently, its board includes former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Queen
Noor of Jordan and four-time U.S. presidential advisor David Gergen, and its
ambitious agenda for innovation and values-based leadership has spawned dozens
of worldwide initiatives to advance human rights, gender equality, global
health, entrepreneurship and economic growth in the developing world.
related links:Aspen Ideas FestivalAIF on FacebookThe Aspen InstitutePresident Maeda on Twitter
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