The “Philosophy and Practice” Leadership Seminar is a cornerstone in the Institute’s efforts to create a safe space for meaningful dialogue on the essence of leading in times of crises. The seminar builds purpose-driven leadership that strengthens the individual’s moral compass and sense of responsibility throughout all sectors of society.
By bringing together high-level leaders from politics, business, civil society, academia, the health care sector, culture and media, the participants learn to reflect upon challenges for their own leadership style. The essence of value-based leadership is developed through a philosophy-based discourse, guided by distinguished moderators, and peer feedback sessions between the participants. The participants will also meet high-level decision-makers, who face difficult decisions in today’s society. Moral dilemmas, questions of the individual’s freedom, and societal turbulence stand at the core of the discussions. The seminar links philosophical discourse about values, freedom and responsibility to the individual participant’s everyday decision-making and crisis management in a safe environment
The first Aspen Seminar was conducted in 1951, bringing together decision-makers from business, politics, academia, the arts, and civil society. Away from every-day life and with sufficient time for reflection, participants were encouraged to discover their own answers to questions posed by great thinkers and engage in an often highly controversial exchange with each other.
In 2011, the Aspen Institute Germany began to offer this unparalleled seminar in Germany. It gives high-level executives the opportunity to exchange ideas with peers from other professions and disciplines they would otherwise not likely acquaint. The leadership alumni provide each other with long-term support as they continue to advance in their careers and have a positive impact in society. With ten years of experience in hosting the “Philosophy and Practice” Seminar, Aspen Institute Germany continues to engage bright minds and establish lifelong connections between the participants and the institute. Throughout the year the alumni are granted access to exclusive events. Connecting peers, making valuable human connections, and exchanging dialogue is a lifelong task of our Institute.
The number of participants of the seminar is limited, and participation is by invitation only.
This year’s Leadership Seminar will take place in person, from 06 – 09 October, 2022.