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America currently has an estimated 6.7 million "opportunity youth:" young people between the ages of 16 to 24 in the US who are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market.
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund
Policymakers typically address issues like climate, food security, development, and reproductive health separately. But that is not how those issues are experienced by women in developing countries.
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Global Health and Development
Having spent almost 50 years in libraries, I am so proud of how libraries have reinvented themselves over time — embraced technology in the automation of professional processes and service delivery, put the library user at the center of all we do, and become a vital partner in the life of communities.
Filed in Blog Topics: Dialogue on Public Libraries
As the world becomes increasingly connected — and complicated — it is critical that we harness the power of multi-stakeholder collaborations where they are needed. Unfortunately, even in the areas where we know we need to work together, the process of building effective partnerships is riddled with challenges.
Filed in Blog Topics: Accelerating Market-Driven Partnerships (AMP)
A new Education and Society Program report offers a practical framework for designing and implementing effective teacher leadership.
Filed in Blog Topics: Education and Society Program
Henry Crown Fellow and internationally-recognized sculptor Janet Echelman was recently honored with the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Award for Visual Art. On the eve of her recognition by the Smithsonian, we spoke with Echelman about the creative process, how a visit to a Tamil fishing village transformed her as an artist, and how she has seen her work transform public spaces.
Filed in Blog Topics: aspen global leadership network
At this year’s Aspen Action Forum, Central America Leadership Initiative Fellow KC Hardin from Panama pledged that he will “help the four gangs in Panama City, Panamá, demobilize and integrate into formal society in the next two years.”
Filed in Blog Topics: aspen global leadership network, #myaspenaction
The largely unanticipated boom in oil production in the last five years has revived a debate over whether the United States should reverse the 40-year-old ban on exports of crude oil.
Filed in Blog Topics: Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century
What are more effective ways to subsidize higher education? How do we get more women in the tech field? What impact do US strikes on ISIS have on the Syrian opposition? Programs at the Aspen Institute have been scouring their respective issue areas to find and share the most insightful and informative links to answer these questions, and more.
Filed in Blog Topics: What We're Reading
Instead of doing the business of government like attending hearings, writing bills, educating themselves on policy, voting, and even being in Washington, legislators are consumed with the hunt for donations. This has a profound impact on the quality of their legislative work.
Filed in Blog Topics: Congressional Program

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