The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute and Newseum invited me to attend the Washington Ideas Forum. So last week I traveled to Washington, D.C. for two days of conversation with leaders from government, business, education, and the media.
This year’s theme was “connecting the leaders of today with the ideas of tomorrow,” which is quite fitting for a place like University of the People, where we are giving the youth tools today to become leaders of tomorrow.
I was surrounded by some of the most brilliant minds and biggest newsmakers: Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google), John Sexton (President of New York University), David Axelrod (Assistant to President Obama and Senior Advisor), Craig Newmark (Founder of Craigslist), Arne Duncan (Secretary of the US Department of Education) and Spike Lee (American Film Director)—to name a few.
During one session, we discussed the fate of the American Middle Class and the 21st century workforce. I was interested to hear the resounding agreement that affordable higher education is critical to closing the gap between technological innovation and the education of the work-force.
When you get together in a group, what ideas do you discuss?