Aspen UK is part of a global network of Aspen Institutes, which for over 70 years have inspired and empowered leaders around the world.
The UK is experiencing corrosive levels of political, social, and cultural division. There is a deep need for values-driven leadership, and respectful conversations that bring people together.
We believe that bridging divides does not happen by papering over them, but rather by helping people to see all sides and have better arguments. Disagreement can be constructive, exhilarating, and intellectually expanding, rather than threatening, polarising, and entropic.
All our activities provide an environment where participants can learn with and from people who might have fundamentally different views and life experiences. We use the unique Aspen method of text-based and professionally guided conversations which help people reflect on their leadership skills, debate and confront their own ideas and values, and explore effective solutions to pressing social issues.
Our private seminars provide space for discussion on potentially polarising topics, and encourage attendees to learn with and from other influential leaders from different worlds and beliefs.
Our public events demonstrate the process of understanding another’s perspective. They celebrate the joy of debate, discussion, and disagreement on key topics, while maintaining respect and integrity.
We are committed to building communities of actively engaged and enlightened leaders, inspiring them to work for the common good.
“The seminar was an unprecedented and unique opportunity for me to engage in deep discussions with a diverse group of leaders that I would not typically come across in my professional and social lives. Debating with thoughtful, diverging perspectives really helped me grow as a leader .”
Managing Director and Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group
“Leaders are increasingly confronted with moral dilemmas not technocratic problems. These seminars address head on these moral questions, providing structured space for reflection, and help individuals to understand their own moral compass. It’s a life changing experience.”
Sir Stuart Etherington
Chief Executive, The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)