The Aspen Institute Germany’s Public Program is designed for a broader, invited public audience. It serves as a forum for discourse, where new ideas can be discussed in a productive environment of interested and informed individuals. The central focus of the Public Program is values-based leadership – the underlying mission of the Institute – and discussions focus on how leaders can find new ways to deal with the political and economic challenges of our time.
The Public Program consists of three different formats. The first is the Aspen Forum, a series of evening events for no more than 50 guests. They are invited to listen to the ideas of a guest speaker either in an exclusive interview setting or in a brief lecture. Some of these events are hosted in cooperation with Deutschlandradio Kultur. While Deutschlandradio Kultur broadcasts the first part of the event, the second part is an intimate, off-the-record discussion for and with our invited guests only. The second format is the Aspen Brown Bag Lunch series, aiming at constructive dialog on current political, economic and social issues. Two to four experts provide short introductory statements before the discussion is opened to twenty to thirty selected guests. Finally, the Public Program includes major events such as the annual summer party, the President’s Night in 2012, and the celebration of 40 Years Aspen Germany. Members of the “Verein der Freunde des Aspen Instituts” (association of Friends of the Aspen Institute) enjoy privileged access to all Public Program events.