2019 Resnick Aspen Action Forum | Borders: Within and Around Us

2019 Resnick Aspen Action Forum | Borders: Within and Around Us


The Action Forum creates a generative
space. It’s a space where we can talk about ideas and we can sit around a
table and not only discuss ideas in the abstract, but then bring them to the
personal. And in bringing these ideas to the personal identifying plans of action.
And in the identification of those plans of action, looking for like-minded
individuals who we might bring along on that journey. The theme for this week is
Borders. There’s not just physical borders. There are mental borders, there are societal borders, there’s so many different types of borders. And many of them exist within
ourselves. And, so for me, it’s an opportunity to reflect on what are the
borders that I have for myself and what is preventing me from becoming the
leader that I want to become. I think it’s the perfect topic. It’s something
that people have been thinking about and people really want a space to explore. I
was in a session, and I left I was sort of skipping out of the room, and what
gives me hope is the people in the room were so absolutely incredible
and the complexity of the conversation and the optimism in the conversation
gave me hope, The biggest border that I see is people judging other people not
seeing their hearts. It’s just judging. So we had to bring the border down. Help
them see the human being in there. Uou know it’s breaking that border. Different
countries have borders, but if we really talk about what we care about the border
eliminates. Education has a border but if we look at the science, technology,
humanity, history… we can share so much One of the important aspects for me was that you can bring your family and let your family – feel the let’s say the “Aspen
values” and especially for my kids… human values, noble values… that for me was one
of the highlights of this experience. Today, I was at a cross-generational
dialogue in which I had people from baby boomer generation, Gen X, and Millennials,
and Gen Z and we were able to talk about how instead of you know ‘passing the
torch” to each other it’s more important to go through it together
and carry it over together. I love being at the Action Forum because
it gives me an opportunity to discuss very difficult issues and discuss them
in a very open-minded fashion. With all the problems global problems and crises
we face in the world it is really important and critical for us to work as
a collaborative to work together and that’s why I keep coming back. Sometimes it’s
not the walls that matters is the gates. What are the gateways that enable the
regulation of exchange across these borders Difference is important. We are not
going to wipe out difference. And we shouldn’t. But we have to have these
gates in the divisions that allow the difference to persist that enables
an atmosphere of dignity and mutual trust and respect to achieve the best
ideas regardless of where they come from. And in that respect I think that Action Forum
provides an amazing platform for people from all over the world to celebrate
their difference and in the course of celebrating that difference, to affirm
the equal dignity of all differences.

Danny Hutson

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