If you're attending one of many seminars at the Aspen Institute you really should have your thinking cap on. The Aspen Institute is an international think tank providing a place to exchange ideas about leadership and contemporary issues. The not-for-profit organization holds seminars, programs, and conferences emphasizing a nonpartisan and non-ideological setting. Equity in public education, ethical leadership practices, and global security are among the issues the institute has addressed. It is primarily funded by corporate, individual, and foundation donations. The Aspen Institute was founded in 1950 by Chicago businessman and philanthropist Walter Paepcke.
The Aspen Institute has conference centers in Colorado, Maryland, and New York. It also has centers overseas in Prague, Czech Republic; Paris, France; Berlin, Germany; Rome, Italy; Bucharest, Romania; Madrid, Spain; New Delhi, India; and Tokyo, Japan. Each international center offers a variety of economic, financial, social, and political topics for high-level leaders and decision-makers. The centers has also offered seminars that covered such topics as the economic crisis in a globalized world, civil society in Iran, elections in Lebanon, and fighting poverty in India for young scientific and political leaders.