IVMF executive director and founder Mike Haynie has been invited to participate in the first annual 21st Century National Service Summit at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colo., from June 24-25. The Summit is the first-ever lead-in to the Aspen Ideas Festival and will bring together 200 leaders from the public and private sectors, higher education, government, military and nonprofits to build a “bold vision of civilian national service as a common expectation and common opportunity for all Americans.” Summit speakers include General Stanley McChrystal, Franklin Project Leadership Council Chair, Barbara Bush, CEO and Co-founder of Global Health Corps, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Arianna Huffington, President, Chair and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post, and Chelsea Clinton, Board Member of the Clinton Foundation.
In 2012, the Aspen Institute launched the Franklin Project, an initiative to make the vision of large-scale civilian national service a reality. Since its launch, the Franklin Project has brought together diverse stakeholders and conducted research in order to create policy proposals that will usher in a new era of service that is already embedded into the national identity. The Aspen Institute is led by Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, and the Franklin Institute is led by General Stanley McChrystal, Chair of the Leadership Council, and Co-chairs John M. Bridgeland and Alan Khazei.