Aspen Ideas Festival 2012

Each year, the landmark event of the Aspen Institute gathers an impressive number of outstanding leaders from around the world in a one week challenge of ideas. Over 350 top speakers from all fields around the world will be discussing with several hundred participants the hot topics of this year and what the future holds. From the American elections, world democracy on trial to the importance of arts, sports and technology, the 2012 Ideas Festival will offer an amazing space of dialogue that truly matters and offers inspiration, information and opportunities. Other topics range from the future of the planet, the nature of war and peace in the modern world to cracking the genetic code and modern education.
In the past years of the Ideas Festival, the top leaders and thinkers have participated and 2012 is no exception with an amazing mix of political, business, academia, civil society or arts representatives. Among these: Lance Armstrong, Founder and Chairman, Livestrong; Ehud Barak, Minister of Defense, Israel; James Bennet, Editor, The Atlantic; Arthur C. Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute; Clive Crook, Chief Washington Commentator, Financial Times; Vishakha Desai, President and CEO, Asia Society; HalaGorani, Anchor and Correspondent, CNN; Alan Greenspan, President, Greenspan Associates, LLC; Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations; Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn; Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Michelle Kwan, Olympic Figure Skater; Shelly Lazarus, Chairman, Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide; Douglas McMillon, President and CEO, Walmart International; Moby, Musician; Pervez Musharraf, Former President, Pakistan; Andrew Ross Sorkin, Editor-at-Large, The New York Times; Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google; Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks Coffee Company; John Skipper, President, ESPN; Stanley Tucci, Actor or Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor, City of Los Angeles, to name just a few of the over 350.
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