The United States is different today than before the recession, facing new economic and social challenges. To succeed in these trying times, Americans need effective local, state, and national leaders – something in increasingly short supply.
In Greenville, SC, a river runs through the past and the future of American manufacturing. On one side stands run-down and rusting towers of bygone factories. On the other side sit low-slung, long buildings churning out precision products for the likes of BMW and General Electric.
The digital age has been a boon for innovators and entrepreneurs. In a difficult economy, the small business heroes, inventors and pioneers who keep the American private sector at the head of the international pack are finding ways to do more for less, and the Internet is helping it happen.
Holiday jingles are advertising the latest tools and gadgets promising light-speed access to the digital world. The season offers businesses a chance to garner consumer dollars, a much needed shot of capital in a struggling economy.
The Aspen Institute is known for asking what I like to call "killer questions." Since Aspen is in the business of ideas, they know that questions have a way of focusing the mind on what we know and don't know, spurring on that tumbling, teaming process of