Today, the Aspen Institute's Program on Manufacturing & Society in the 21st Century released a new econometric forecast, "What Would the US Economy Look Like in 2025 With a Manufacturing Resurgence?"
In the State of the Union address, President Obama declared, “in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty.” Despite this seemingly common sense idea, in 2011, 3.8 million American workers earned a wage equivalent or less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. For a full-time year-round worker, this wage falls approximately $8,0
US soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have acquired wide-ranging skills in technology and security, as well as leadership and project management, and yet they encounter a huge gap in employment. The veterans community is faced with a 9.4 percent unemployment rate, which is far higher than the national average of 7.7 percent. The Aspen Institute has made the health, employmen
At the Aspen Institute, we are regularly trying to bring together top thinkers and leaders from across various fields of work and study to convene and discuss pressing issues. One of our goals is to take these conversations to a broader audience and engage more people in the dialogue. Today, we are launching a new social media focused campaign aimed at addressing this challenge.
On Tuesday, March 19, Aaron Dworkin, founder and president of the Sphinx Organization and an expert on youth development and di
Every year, at the close of the Aspen Ideas Festival, a handful of speakers and attendees are asked to give the gathered one big idea—an idea inspired by the many moments blooming on the Aspen campus during the festival.
On Monday, March 18, the Aspen Institute will launch its first-ever program dedicated to veterans issues, the Aspen Institute Veterans Initiative.
Joyce Klein is the Director of the Aspen Institute microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination (FIELD).
We've all heard, and seen the data, that small businesses are an important source of job growth. But what about the smallest businesses—microenterprises? Do these businesses—food trucks, home day-care providers, landscapers, small construction contractors—also support jobs? Are they relevant in addressing our nation’s employment challenges?