A Note From Tony Klemmer: Experiencing the 2017 Resnick Aspen Action Forum September 12, 2017
Aspen Institute is famous for its Ideas Festival and much more. I had the privilege of attending this year’s Aspen Global Leadership Network Action Forum, four days of global leaders from the 20+ Aspen Leadership Fellowships, including Pahara, across the world gathered to discuss “The Great Reset” – the plate shifting changes occurring in the global political, economic, and environmental landscapes and what actions should be taken by attending leaders.
I participated in moderated discussions on civil discourse in a divided world, proximate leadership, and using creative design in community-centric change. I had the honor of moderating a mixed group of adults and teenagers from 10 countries on the topic of youth national service. To see the energy and ideas that emanated from the youth in the room instilled a great deal of hope for the rest of us. They are active in their communities, serving and leading, and sufficiently self-aware to be able to name the barriers to more expansive impact by their peers.
High points of the gathering included: Walter Isaacson’s talk about collaboration, group solutions to intractable problems and the selflessness of leading, as well as Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s explanation of the inner workings of the Supreme Court of the United States. The standing ovation for notorious RBG was deafening. The overall experience reminded me of the work yet to be done, the extraordinary talent around the globe committed to change and the small but important contribution our work at NAATE with great teachers is having.