July 19 - 22, 2016

Video from The Aspen Action Forum


6:00 PM MDT
Guns in the Hands of Artists: A Discussion

Guns In The Hands of Artists is a community-based social activist artistic project that involves taking guns off the streets and transforming them into works of art that comment on the issue of guns and gun violence in American society. This exhibit is organized and curated by Action Forum participant Jonathan Ferrara and will be displayed at the Aspen Meadows campus during the 2015 event.

7:00 PM MDT
An American Ascent: A Post-Screening Discussion

In only a few decades the United States will become a majority-minority nation, as people of color will outnumber the white majority for the first time ever. Yet, a staggering number of these people do not consider the outdoors as a place for them. In June 2013, nine African Americans set out to build a legacy and become role models for inner city kids and people of color all over America to encourage them to get outside. They did so by taking on the grueling, 20,320 foot peak of the continent's biggest mountain. A discussion with Stephen DeBerry, 2004 Henry Crown Fellow, and Suzanne Malveaux, 2011 Henry Crown Fellow.


12:00 - 1:30 PM MDT
The 2015 Aspen Action Forum Opens
A panel discussion with Fellows from the Aspen Global Leadership Network who collaborated on the birth and growth of the B Corp movement.

6:45 - 7:45 PM MDT
Leading in Crisis: Liberty Fellows respond to Charleston shooting
The heart-wrenching massacre at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015, that left nine African-American women and men dead sent the state of South Carolina and the US at large into stunned mourning. Among those rising up amidst the grief, fury and shattered faith are Liberty Fellows, who are harnessing their communities and their business and political influence locally, nationally and internationally to proactively cultivate harmony, healing and forgiveness.
At this year’s Action Forum, a panel of Liberty Fellows from South Carolina will share how they are collaborating across racial, geographic, and political lines in all corners of the state to influence and implement sustainable change, and address South Carolina's cultural and institutional barriers to equality in the aftermath of this unfathomable tragedy.


5 - 5:30 PM MDT
Keynote by Anand Giridharadas: “The Thriving World, The Wilting World, & You”

5:30 - 6:30 PM MDT
Announcement and Conversation with the 2015 John P. McNulty Prize Laureates
Meet the 2015 John P. McNulty Prize Laureates and hear them reflect on their experiences founding and leading high impact organizations that are addressing the toughest challenges in the their communities and the world at large.



1:00 - 2:30 PM MDT
Lunch and Featured Keynotes


  • Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, The Aspen Institute
  • Lynda Resnick, Vice Chairman, The Wonderful Company



12:30 - 2:00 PM MDT
Closing Lunch and Keynote

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist & Bestselling Author. Read the lastest articles by David Brooks.
In addition to a guest keynote speaker, campers from the Aspen Action Forum Youth Camp will kick-off the closing lunch session by presenting their solutions to Fellows for the societal challenges they worked on throughout the week.




David M. Rubenstein

The Skoll Foundation

Care.com and WomenUp
The Ferro Family Foundation
Sabrina and Antonio Gracias
The John P. And Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation

The Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation
Liberty Fellowship
Michael Klein and Joany Fabry
Paul Hastings LLP
Margot and Tom Pritzker
Gillian and Robert Steel

The Ithaka Foundation
The Rodel Foundations