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Ken Adelman:I don’t make much of a living. (Laughter) What I do is several things. We teach leadership through the plays of William Shakespeare. So we’ll show scenes from Henry V, Merchant of Venice, Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, and say, “What have you learned about leadership from this?” So we’ve been doing that for about 10 years. I do some consulting on government and non-government affairs. And number three, all last year I’d become Executive Director of a new program at the Aspen Institute called “Arts and Ideas”. And this is where we take an art form – playwriting, music, drawing . . . any art form . . . poetry – and say how does it broaden and deepen our understanding of an issue or an idea? And so we had a seminar here in the Aspen Institute in January of young playwrights. What are the subjects they choose to write about as playwrights, and how does that have more of an impact than an article in a journal would have . . . an Op Ed piece?

Recorded on: 7/2/07

 

 

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