Aspen Institute Publications

Aspen Institute publications are listed below. Many are available for purchase through Google Checkout, a secure system for handling credit card transaction online. For assistance with ordering publications, please contact our Publications office by email or by phone at (410) 820.5326. Please note: Orders are shipped two times a week from our warehouse in Queenstown, MD, on the Eastern Shore.

Microbusinesses, Gainful Jobs

Luz I. Gomez and Tamra Thetford
March 27, 2014

This updated report shares expanded findings on the quality of jobs created by microbusiness program clients. Based on in-depth interviews with 104 microbusiness workers, the report shares worker stories to illustrate the extent to which their jobs provided key elements of a quality job, including: good wages, benefits, stable schedules,...

ANDE Legal Working Group: Entrepreneur Introduction to Term Sheets

ANDE Legal Working Group
March 15, 2014

This guide provides an introduction to what term sheets are and provides entreprnuers with an overview of the key points to look for in negociating their own term sheets. 


ANDE Legal Working Group
March 15, 2014

This guide is intended for entrepreneurs and investors new to the process of negotiating term sheets, one of the first steps to close successful transactions. It is not intended to provide legal advice; instead it is meant to show examples of some common provisions that are not always easy to understand.

Scaling Clean Energy: Lessons Learned and New Approaches

Aspen Institute Clean Energy Forum
Roger Ballentine & Andy Karsner, Co-Chairs, and Dave Grossman, Rapporteur
March 5, 2014

Child Trust Funds: Renewing the Debate for Long-Term Savings Policies

William Zichawo, Colby Farber, Lisa Mensah
March 4, 2014

As policymakers examine the tax code and reevaluate our nation's priorities to promote economic security for households, children's savings accounts are one answer to the question of how families can invest in their futures and reinvigorate the American Dream. The power of child savings is that for a modest cost - starting each child with an account seeded with $500 - the lifelong positive impacts are...

ANDE East Africa Working Group Toolkit

ANDE Legal Working Group
March 1, 2014

This legal guide provides an overview of legal issues and requirements for impact investors and social entrepreneurs who are entering into business in East Africa. Without a better understanding of the regional context, the legal process can often be poorly suited for specific markets and take months and incur substantial expenses for investors and businesses. Understanding the local legal environment...

Increase your Client Outcomes IQ

Tamra Thetford and Joyce Klein
March 1, 2014

Do you want or need data on microenterprise client outcomes? This guide provides detailed guidance on how to use microTracker’s online Client Outcomes data to answer frequently asked questions such as: Do businesses assisted by microenterprise organizations grow, survive, and create jobs? Are business owners better off? The guide is designed as a useful tool for microenterprise practitioners who want to...

From Digital to Physical Play: Can Tech Make It Happen?

February 26, 2014

Physical inactivity and childhood obesity are major problems in California where, according to the California Department of e ducation, an estimated 40 percent of high school freshmen are overweight. These are also national problems. Participation rates in sports—the most attractive form of physical activity for many—are declining, with a leading national survey reporting that only 50 percent of...

Funding for youth sport: Learning from the past and aligning resources for the future

February 26, 2014

The importance of physical activity for children in the U.S. cannot be overstated, particularly considering the substantial increase in the prevalence of childhood obesity over the past few decades1. For many youth, activity often comes in the form of unstructured free play or organized school and community sports. City and non-profit sports leagues are often underfunded and understaffed, which often...

Alarms Unheeded

February 11, 2014
This report traces how the recommendations of the Hart-Rudman Commission, which eerily predicted 9/11 less than nine months beforehand, were neglected by the media and opinion-makers. To ensure that the country does not have another occasion to look back at Congressional inaction and inattention with regret, Congress should follow the Hart-Rudman and 9/11 Commission recommendations and streamline oversight...