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Sharpening The Blade

To truly know the issues is not enough, you must also understand them from various perspectives - even those you may disagree













Liberty Fellowship is an incubator for exemplary leadership in South Carolina. The program started in 2004 and is a collaboration of co-founders Anna Kate and Hayne Hipp, Wofford College, and the Aspen Institute. The goal is to move South Carolina forward through its greatest asset — its leaders. Learn More

AEI Leadership Network is an exclusive leadership development and policy education program for state-based, mid-career professionals in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. This program represents a unique opportunity for leaders around the country to participate in our work and help us to increase opportunity for our fellow citizens. Learn More

Diversity Leaders Initiative emphasizes that successful enterprises – business, government, nonprofit, education, and community – are those whose leaders understand how to leverage the talent and creativity of diverse people to optimize performance and outcomes. Learn More

The Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership program seeks to enhance our democracy by identifying and bringing together political leaders to explore, through study and conversation, the underlying values and principles of western democracy and the responsibilities of public leadership; to support and inspire political leaders committed to sustaining the vision of a political system based on thoughtful and civil dialogue. Learn More

Palmetto Promise Institute exists to research and promote policies that allow every South Carolinian the opportunity to flourish and reach their full potential. This is achieved by building trust and establishing relationships with all South Carolinians, rigorous research and thorough analysis, and solving problems with innovations. Learn More

The Mercatus Center conducts research of consequence, and persuasively communicates economic ideas to solve society’s most pressing problems and advance knowledge about how markets work to improve people’s lives. Learn More

Leadership SC seeks to identify community leaders to participate in our premier statewide leadership program as our graduates are better-informed, energized, and networked to develop and pursue solutions that positively impact businesses, communities, the state, and the region. Learn More