Aspen UK is part of a global network of Aspen Institutes, which for over 70 years have inspired and empowered leaders around the world. Aspen UK inspires change through dialogue, and in doing so, hopes to build a more tolerant, democratic society in the United Kingdom.
Aspen UK was established not as a traditional think tank but as a platform for building networks and sparking useful conversations. We convene a range of thought-leaders to generate dialogue across geographies, ideologies, and industries, in both our public engagement programmes and leadership seminars.
We see dialogue as a means of promoting understanding – an essential step to repairing the political, social, and cultural divisions that exists in the UK. We believe that better dialogue can help deepen understanding of current issues. We don’t shy away from disagreement – it can be thought-provoking and constructive, rather than threatening and polarising.
Our public engagement programmes feature conversations on a broad range of critical current issues, always with an eye on the conversations of tomorrow. Our discussions bring together experts for conversations that take a far-reaching perspective – not just providing an analysis on the events of the day but also looking at solutions for the future.
Our leadership seminars are committed to building communities of engaged, enlightened leaders and encourage attendees to learn with and from each other. We use the original Aspen method of text-based, professionally guided conversations to help participants reflect on their leadership skills, evaluate their own ideas and values, and explore effective solutions to social challenges.
We are committed to building communities of actively engaged and enlightened leaders, inspiring them to work towards our vision of a tolerant, democratic society.
“The Aspen seminar didn’t only help me to revisit and rethink the values shaping my environment, but it also provided a space for an inspiring and fun exchange of ideas.”
Health in conflicts specialist and Academy Fellow at Chatham House
“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)