Heard around Aspen – July 2

We’re wrapping up another busy day at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Make sure to check out our full series of posts on this year’s event. Here are some of the most interesting, provocative and salient quotes we heard around Aspen:

“Every tweet is data that tells a story.” -Vivian Schiller, Head of News, Twitter

aspen ideas festival“We currently can select certain genetic traits for offspring, and we’re on the cusp of genetic modification.” -Nita A. Farahany, Professor of Law and Philosophy, Director of Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, Duke University

“Conservation does not limit economic growth” -Roger Sant, Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, AES Corporation

“Making a customer happy is almost a spiritual experience. It gives you a sense of purpose.” -Sally Blount, Dean, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

“Data don’t move us, stories do. This is how to change minds on climate change or any issue.” -Neal Baer, Physician; Television Writer and Producer

“Tell client, ‘we want to work on your toughest problems,’ not ‘how much money can I take from you?'” -Horacio Rozanski, President and COO, Booz Allen Hamilton

“We have more slaves in the world today than ever in history: 30 million.” -Monique Villa, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation

“The ability to tell stories is frighteningly powerful” -Kendall Haven, Master Storyteller; Story Consultant; Author, Story Proof

On the Common Core: “It’s a huge change in a short time… but I feel this huge sense of urgency: our kids can’t wait.” -Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education

“It’s more important to be right than to be fast.” -Jim Bankoff, CEO, Vox Media