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Working together = Resiliency

The Aspen Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the greatest challenges of our time. With an emphasis on public policy, the Institute’s primary focus has shifted to the biggest impacts of COVID-19, the communities hardest hit, and tangible opportunities for a comprehensive, equitable and just recovery.

Thanks to the generosity of Aspen locals, Bob and Soledad Hurst, the Institute recently launched the Hurst Community Initiative. Directed by Evan Zislis, long-time local, social entrepreneur and community advocate, the Hurst Community Initiative is designed to serve as a bridge between public policies proven to support communities across the country and around the world — with the people of the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.

Focused on our most vulnerable populations, the Hurst Community Initiative seeks to manifest the belief that when we work together, we’re better in the long run and more resilient in times of adversity. As director of community engagement, Zislis is charged with promoting dialogue, increasing understanding and facilitating opportunities for meaningful collaboration throughout Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties. As a defining stop along his introductory “listening tour,” Zislis will use the RFL Resiliency Experience as a focus group to capture participants’ primary concerns and identify critical stakeholders. He will conclude by sharing upcoming (free) resources offered through the Aspen Institute’s global, national and local programming departments that address ongoing efforts already underway.

Join us to share your unique perspective, as the Institute charts a course to support regional communities, Aspen to Parachute.

Focus Group Questions:

  1. How do you define “vulnerable populations” in the era of COVID-19?
  1. What do you perceive as critical priorities when it comes to supporting local relief efforts?
  1. Who are the primary stakeholders you think ought to have a voice in the process of designing solutions?
  1. There is statistically significant data that reveals a disproportionate impact on racial and ethnic minority groups throughout the United States and across the West. What evidence have you seen that supports that data?
  1. What are the silver-linings you have experienced that give you hope for our immediate recovery and a more resilient future?

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