The Aspen Ideas Festival, which ran from June 26 to July 2, was full of big ideas. Here are some images from key moments.
Educate all girls, everywhere.
Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by members of the Taliban while riding the school bus last fall, joined opening session virtually to share her big idea. "Today, I do want to share my idea -- my big idea -- and that is girls' education. When we get education, we get big change in our society. If we educate one girl, it means we educate the whole society. So let us work for it, together."
Make art an education priority.
STEM (the acronym for "science, technology, engineering, and mathematics") is now ubiquitous in policy conversations, but cellist Yo-Yo Ma argues that it is off by one vowel: He wants to turn STEM into STEAM, with the "A" standing for "arts, culture, and humanities." "When we tell a story using all of our senses, with touch, with our eyes, with our ears, with our experiences, with movement, we make that memorable. And then we become curious .... It all starts with turning STEM into STEAM."
Change the way America gets its TV news.
Al Jazeera has made a big bet: They're launching a TV news network in America, and they're not being shy about the investment. As of January, they had posted more than one hundred U.S.-based job positions, and they've snagged big names like former CNN anchor Ali Velshi. Despite a period of post-9/11 suspecion toward the network, its executive director of international operations, Ehab Al Shihabi, says there's now an audience for it in the U.S.