In this episode of That Podcast in Hutch, I sit down with a familiar voice – Jackson Swearer. 

A few weeks ago, Jackson attended the Aspen Ideas Festival. This is a signature event of the Aspen Institute. Curious and engaging minds from around the world gather in Aspen for the festival to learn from experts, and each other, and to explore big ideas and questions of our day. The Aspen Institute’s mission statement lays it out pretty well: “We drive change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the greatest challenges of our time.”

I wanted to ask Jackson about his experience, partly because I knew it would be a fun conversation. But also because I could tell how energizing the experience was from his uncharacteristically frequent and animated social media posts. 

We unpack some of what he learned at the conference, as well as how beneficial it is to a community like Hutchinson when we invest in people who can learn more about the world and bring that knowledge back to our town.