Aspen Policy Programs are dedicated to seeking international understanding and
identifying common ground by examining complex and controversial policy issues in depth. Aspen convenes decision makers, policy makers and experts in small, interdisciplinary groups for off-the-record conferences, workshops and seminars lasting from one to three days.
Aspen has built lasting relationships and international understanding over the years by convening international meetings of leaders from business, politics, academia and the media.
In a series of one-to-two-day sessions, leaders form study groups to examine and discuss in depth issues on the current international policy agenda that are geostrategic in scope; they participate in teambuilding exercises and thereby establish personal relationships and the basis for an ongoing open, respectful dialogue between international decision makers.
The Aspen Seminar, which is dedicated to advacing values-based leadership, is a unique component of the Aspen Leadership Program.
For the larger public, Aspen organizes a series of breakfast, luncheon or evening meetings with top business and political leaders and policy experts. Precedence is given to the Friends of Aspen Germany; prospective members of the Friends of Aspen Germany are
invited to experience two or three events before being asked to decide whether to support Aspen financially.
No more than 40 to 60 participants attend each event, which consists of a presentation by Aspen's guest speaker preceded and followed by extensive formal and informal conversation periods.