The Aspen Institute Germany’s Public Program serves as a forum for discourse and exchange addressing a broader audience of interested individuals who wish to discuss fresh ideas and look at issues from new perspectives. Topics include current political, economic, and social matters as well as questions of values-based leadership.
The Public Program consists of several different formats. A series of evening events features renowned speakers who share their ideas either in an interview setting or in a brief presentation followed by a discussion. While the interview portion of the event is sometimes broadcast by one of our media partners, the following discussion is off-the-record to enable a frank and open exchange. The Aspen Brown Bag Lunch series takes place several times a year and gathers experts, members of the “Verein der Freunde des Aspen Instituts e.V.” (Association of Friends of the Aspen Institute), and representatives from politics, business, and civil society for a working lunch to discuss current topics under Chatham House Rule. Finally, the Public Program includes stand-alone events such as exclusive breakfast and dinner events, the annual Aspen Summer Party, and the Aspen Annual Gala. Some of the events are hosted in cooperation with partner organizations. The Public Program is open to invited guests and upon request. Members of the “Verein der Freunde des Aspen Instituts” enjoy preferred access to major Public Program events.