Director of the Cabinet of the Rector of the University of Alcalá
The Aspen experience brings you closer to dialogue and reflection with people from different backgrounds. It is a privilege to be able to escape the daily routine to focus on the study of the classics and the search for tools to continue this experience over time. It is a turning point in the debate of ideas and how to approach the future.
Partner, CCA Law Firm
Aspen is the one place where I can experience a meaningful conversation, unbiased, with very powerful insights. The most amazing effect, what I call the Aspen tail, is the long lasting effect it produces in your inner self. After you complete a seminar, or any given program, in the following weeks or months, during your professional or personal life small homeopathic doses of Aspen are released and clearly have an impact in your relationships and decisions. Another singular effect that Aspen causes, is a profound sense of humbleness, the level of knowledge and authority of our peers is insurmountable and simultaneously challenging, bringing the best there is in you. I cherish every moment I have and will have in Aspen, anywhere in the world.
Secretary General of ESADE
Aspen is an awareness of the need to defend democratic principles and fight against toxic leadership. It is a call for transformative leadership that puts the common good before personal interests. It is a place to stop and reflect, to dialogue with respect and to learn. It is an awakening from the day to day so as not to lose sight of what is really important.
Chief Sustainability Officer of Twinco Capital
I had heard great things about Aspen Institute España, but even so, the seminar I attended in Ronda exceeded all my expectations. We live in such a fast-paced world that it is often difficult to find the space and time to reflect on fundamental issues. Aspen Institute España provided me with that space for reflection and allowed me to share it with an extraordinary group of people with whom I could debate and contrast ideas based on serenity, empathy, and attentiveness. I would even say that I came back from Aspen transformed, with a more serene view of the world.
Pablo Echenique Conde
PARTNER AT DLA PIPER
Aspen España is the "shining city on a hill". The place where different people meet to discuss issues that have occupied humanity from 2,000 years ago to the present day, around carefully selected humanistic texts. The institution is heir to the best tradition of the salons of enlightened Europe. In this increasingly complex and turbulent world, faced with a worrisome crisis of liberal democracies and open societies, Aspen España aims to be a critical but calm forum that helps leaders, personalities and prominent professionals to “improve the questions” in order to contribute to improve the quality of public debate in Spain and strengthen our system of freedoms and our institutions.
José Luis Escario
Research Associate, Area of Studies and Analysis of Fundación Carolina
What I consider the most remarkable issue about Aspen España is how, from the reading and reflection of the selected readings, one is involved in dialogues about existential and social concerns from a different perspective. Aspen España has allowed me to assertively share my vision (even intimate) on these matters, independent of my professional activity. At the same time, all these years in Aspen España have taught me to communicate to others with respect: in the first place, by listening quietly (internally and externally) and aiming at understanding their position, even if I do not share it. By leaving labels and judgments aside, progressively I have been able to establish a more complete relationship with others and enrich myself with their contributions.
Global Head of External Communications at Prosegur
Three Wise Men Day. The room full of balloons, packages and a magic that would not be easy to describe with words. You're happy just being there. You take a box. You move it, you shake it. You don't really know what it is, but it makes you smile. By your side someone with eyes wide open feeling the same as you. You both listen. And thousands of questions go through your heads. Some with an answer and others… with more questions.
This is Aspen Institute España to me: a gift.
Partner of Pérez-Llorca
The three ideas that come to my mind when I think of Aspen España are: the act of listening, taking perspective and diversity. To me, Aspen España is a place to enhance the ability to listen and of understanding what the other is thinking. In Aspen España you put yourself in someone’s shoes. The debates generated at Aspen España help me in the process of reflection and grounding the information, in the idea that there is nothing without a solution. That is why I believe that Aspen España is also a place to focus on ideas from different angles. Finally, Aspen España is diversity, diversity of approach, perspective and talent. I enjoy very much and I feel very comfortable in this atmosphere of plurality that is created in the discussions at Aspen España.
Managing Partner, Emzingo
To me, Aspen España is a space, an experience, and a forum. It is a space for reflection, to explore different points of view, to develop, test, and question ideas -both new and old. It is an experience that invites dialogue, to listen to others and to oneself. In an Aspen experience one learns and teaches, laughs and cries, debates, listens and shares in a safe and welcoming space. And it is a forum where the intellect grows, is nurtured and inspired, and, without a doubt, is exercised and renewed.
Román Gil Alburquerque
Partner, Sagardoy Abogados, Professor, University of Navarre & IE Law School
Aspen España for me is the possibility of dialogue, dialogue itself and the fruit of dialogue. It is the conversation with friends, with history and with myself. It is humanism and joy of life. It is reflection and enthusiasm, texts and humor, benevolence and passion. It is a duty the possibility of being as it must be and a real being.
Joaquín Güell Ampuero
Senior Advisor of Investindustrial and President of the Joan Boscà Foundation
Aspen Institute España is the place where I don't always change my mind, but where I almost always change the subject and the arguments: sometimes, because my interlocutors are from another generation, discipline, orientation or nationality; sometimes, because the focus and method of the debates force me to revise concepts and prejudices. A place of freedom and trust, without hierarchies, where intellectual complicity is fostered - undoubtedly even more important than consensus.
Miguel Herrero de Jaúregui
Professor, Greek Philology of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Conversing is necessary because the first thing that an Aspen España moderator says is that it is much more important to listen than to be thinking about what you are going to say. Conversation in Aspen España is also horizontal. Everyone participanting in the seminar contributes diverse perspectives and different interests, with the same texts serving as the common thread. It is also diachronic; it also feeds back into the people who wrote those texts and what they were thinking at the time. It is a conversation with many different dimensions that is never the same. Like a jazz orchestra that will never play the same song twice.