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Innovation 2018 - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Roundtable on Institutional Innovation?
The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Institutional Innovation, formerly named the Roundtable on Talent Development, is a private seminar of top level executives and thought leaders. The concept behind this roundtable comes from the work of John Hagel and John Seely Brown, co-chairs of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. Its purpose is to engage high level executives, mostly from large organizations, to address (and where appropriate reframe) approaches to institutional performance through innovation. The aim for this series is to develop those and other insights into plans for action.

What is the purpose of this website?
This site displays the report resulting from the 2018 Roundtable on Institutional Innovation. The series of chapters, written by rapporteur David Gibson, captures the insights of the participants during the conference.

Today, traditional notions of what work is and how organizations best utilize talent are undergoing significant changes. Some of the societal forces precipitating this transition include the accelerating evolution of AI and robotics, demographic shifts and increasing consumer empowerment. Given these challenges and opportunities, What can the leader do to make the right decisions now to prepare the organization and its talent for the future? The report of the 2018 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Institutional Innovation explores the Future of Work 2.0—focusing on the possibilities for all stakeholders to realize the opportunities of work and the worker. The report proposes a way forward to reinvent education, business structures, models of employment and leadership philosophies.

What is the Communications and Society Program?
The Communications and Society Program is an active venue for framing policies and developing recommendations in the information and communications fields. As one of over thirty policy programs at the Aspen Institute, the Program provides a multi-disciplinary space where veteran and emerging decision-makers can develop new approaches and suggestions for communications policy. The Program enables global leaders and experts to explore new concepts, exchange insights, develop meaningful networks, and find personal growth, all for the betterment of society. 

The Program’s projects range across many areas of information, communications and media policy.  Activities focus on issues of open and innovative governance, public diplomacy, institutional innovation, broadband and spectrum management, as well as the future of content, issues of race and diversity, and the free flow of digital goods, services and ideas across borders.

Who leads the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program?
Charlie Firestone is Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program and a Vice President of the Aspen Institute. Since his appointment in December 1989, this program has focused on the impact of new technologies on democratic, economic and social institutions, the development of new communications policy models and options for the public interest, and the implications of communications and information technologies for leadership. For three years he was also the Institute’s Executive Vice President for Policy Programs and International Activities.

Prior to his positions with the Aspen Institute, Firestone was Director of the Communications Law Program at the University of California at Los Angeles and Adjunct Professor of Law at the UCLA Law School, 1977-90. He was also the first President of the Los Angeles Board of Telecommunications Commissioners, which advises the Mayor and City Council on all regulatory matters relating to the cable and telecommunications fields.

Firestone’s legal career includes positions as an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission, as Director of Litigation for a Washington, D.C. public interest law firm, and as a communications and entertainment attorney in Los Angeles. He has argued several landmark communications law cases before the United States Supreme Court and other federal appellate courts.

Firestone holds degrees from Amherst College and Duke University Law School. He is the editor, author or co-author of several books and numerous articles on communications law and policy. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a GLOCOM Fellow of the Japanese Institute of Global Communications in Tokyo, Japan, and was a Visiting Professor at the Duke University Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy in 2003.

He resides with his wife, sculptor Pattie Porter Firestone, in Santa Barbara, California.

Who sponsors the Roundtable on Institutional Innovation?
We would like to thank our sponsors, Deloitte Center for the Edge, John Hagel and John Seely Brown, and Deloitte Global Human Capital, Jeffrey Schwartz for their partnership and contribution to this Roundtable.

Who moderates the Roundtable on Institutional Innovation?
Charlie Firestone, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, moderates the Conference and all other roundtables produced by the Communications and Society Program.

Who are the participants at the Roundtable on Institutional Innovation?
Over the years, notable participants have included John Seely Brown, John Hagel, Robin Chase and David Stern among others.

Can I attend the Roundtable on Institutional Innovation?
Participants at the conference are a carefully selected group of senior executives from various fields including technology, business, health and government. Participation at the Roundtable on Institutional Innovation is by invitation only. 

Where does the Roundtable on Institutional Innovation take place?
The Roundtable on Institutional Innovation takes place at the Aspen Meadows Conference Center in Aspen, Colorado.