Hello from 8,000 feet. I’m in Aspen, where the conversation, thankfully, is much thicker than the air. I’m here for the inaugural 21st Century National Service Summit, sponsored by the Franklin Project, a new venture by the Aspen Institute. For two days, speakers will be discussing all the ways in which we can scale the idea of giving back into a robust program of national service. The goal is to make universal national service a new American right of passage by creating one million national service positions for those aged 18 to 28.
Tomorrow I’ll be moderating a panel that includes Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for Americaand co-founder of Teach for All; Barbara Bush, co-founder of Global Health Corps; George Khaldun, chief administrative officer at the Harlem Children’s Zone; Dirk Kempthorne, former governor of Idaho and Secretary of the Interior; Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; and Stephanie Simmons, who as a member of FoodCorps is helping teach children in underserved communities about the benefits of healthy food…MORE