Socrates Seminar

The Socrates Seminar provides a forum for emerging leaders from various professions to convene and explore contemporary issues through expert-moderated dialogue. The seminars are designed as values-based Socratic explorations to facilitate the exchange of ideas.

Socrates Approach

The Socrates Seminar is a collaborative endeavor for participants from different fields. Participants are asked to contribute their understanding of and reactions to carefully selected readings, with the guidance of moderators who are experts in their sector. Participants develop an understanding of the reading material and formulate responses to the issues that they cover at the roundtable meetings. The seminars provide stimulating dialogue, values-based introspection, and dynamic debate that serves to enhance participants’ leadership capabilities.

Socrates Highlights

  • Socrates develops values-based leadership among emerging leaders interested in critical problems facing the world.
  • Socrates demonstrates and champions the Aspen method of moderated learning and bringing diverse views to the table.
  • Socrates offers a seminar length designed for optimal balance between serious content and cross-disciplinary thought for busy professionals.
  • Socrates creates a unique professional network and engages people with ideas to move into action.
  • Socrates offers a diverse alumni network which has grown to over 6,000 emerging leaders from the US and abroad, from the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors.

Topics and Moderators:

During its over 20 years of existence, the Socrates Program of the Aspen Institute US approached topics such as energy security, technology and privacy, China and global trade, bioethics, artificial intelligence, immigration, education innovation, health reform, green investing, and sustainable communities.

Moderators include luminaries such as Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State; David Gergen, former Presidential advisor; R. James Wolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence; Ayan Hirsi Ali, author, former member of Dutch Parliament, American Enterprise Institute; Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, India; Niall Ferguson, Professor of Business and Economics, Harvard University; Joseph Nye; former Dean, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Transatlantic leadership seminar in Romania

The first Socrates Seminar in Romania, a Transatlantic Leadership Seminar, was organized by the Aspen Institute Romania in partnership with Aspen Institute – Socrates Program (USA), with the support of The Bucharest Office of the German Marshall Fund of the US, on May 24-26, 2019 in Fundata, Brașov county. Having as its theme “Friend or Foe?: How Tech Is Transforming Democracy”, the seminar was moderated by Dr. Mischa Thompson, Policy Advisor at the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE, also known as the Helsinki Commission).

The participants to the seminar had various backgrounds such as diplomacy, political affairs, international relations, foreign affairs, defense policy, communication, technology, finance etc. and originated from Romania, as well as from the USA and from countries in the Black Sea region.

Custom Socrates Leadership Seminar in Romania within the Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program

Aspen Institute Romania will organize on October 11-13, 2019, in partnership with Aspen Institute – Socrates Program (USA), a Seminar under the auspices of the Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program, partially underwritten by the Simona and Adrian Bot family.

Based on the Aspen Institute Socrates Program approach, the seminar will provide a forum for emerging leaders from the healthcare sector to convene and explore contemporary issues through expert-moderated dialogue.

During the 3-day seminar, conducted exclusively in English, the 20-25 participants from the healthcare sector will debate, based on texts sent beforehand, critical contemporary issues facing the world.

The seminar will take place in a beautiful location near Bucharest, offering the participants the chance to take a break from their busy lives, reflect and share ideas.

For more information on the Socrates Seminars organized by the Aspen Institute Romania, please contact office@aspeninstitute.ro using [Socrates Seminars] in the subject line.

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