Global Politics Program – Debate: “How digital media can bring us together and tear us apart”
Aspen Institute España will host a new session of the Global Politics Program on “How digital media can bring us together and tear us apart” with Vivian Schiller, Executive Director of Aspen Digital, Aspen Institute US. The session will be moderated by Juan Moscoso del Prado, head of the Department of International Relations and External Action of the Economic and Social Council and Aspen España Fellow. It will bring together a group of 25 politicians from the 10th Edition of the Program, including participants from the different political parties in Spain. The debate will take place next Monday, 26th September, from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm in Madrid.
Vivian Schiller joined the Aspen Institute in January 2020 as Executive Director of Aspen Digital, which empowers policymakers, civic organizations, companies, and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and media in the service of an informed, just, and equitable world. A longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology, Schiller has held executive roles at some of the most respected media organizations in the world. Those include: President and CEO of NPR; Global Chair of News at Twitter; General Manager of NYTimes.com; Chief Digital Officer of NBC News; Chief of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications; and Head of CNN documentary and long form divisions. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys. Schiller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a Director of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian.
Global Politics Program
This initiative was launched during the academic year 2012-2013. The purpose of the Global Politics Program is to serve as a space for debate between young Spanish politicians and policy-oriented participants dedicated to public service who have demonstrated leadership potential. It aims at providing a well-structured space for discussion, where knowledge and reflection on the issues addressed may find a common ground, and where personal ties may be established among participants. The Global Politics Program is structured around various sessions throughout the year, in the form of open discussions and brief presentations from leading experts on relevant issues in the context of politics and public service.
Sessions focus on three main areas of discussion: geopolitics, leadership, ethics and international economics. Almost 40 speakers have participated in our sessions throughout the various editions of the Program, including Javier Solana, President of Aspen Institute España; Hugo Dixon, Chair of InFacts and Deputy Chair of People’s Vote; Robin Wright, Journalist, Author and Foreign Policy Analyst; Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary General of SEGIB; Pablo García-Berdoy, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Spain for the European Union; Robin Niblett, director of Chatham House; Óscar Fanjul, Vice-president of Omega Capital and member of the Board of Trustees of Aspen Institute España.
The tenth edition of the seminar took place on March 18 and 19 in La Granja de San Ildefonso (Segovia), following the online sessions in January. This two-day seminar brought together a group of 30 young political leaders from different parties to debate the political and social dilemmas that arise in the global scenario in which we live. The debate was structured around texts by classical and contemporary authors and facilitated, in accordance with the Aspen method, an open and frank exchange of ideas and reflections for action and commitment to different ideas for the common good. The dialogue took place under the Chatham House Rule. During the Seminar, a dinner-colloquium took place with Rocío Martínez-Sampere, Director of the Felipe González Foundation and Aspen Spain Fellow, and Guillermo Mariscal, member of the Popular Parliamentary Group for Las Palmas in the Congress of Deputies.