Aspen Institute Publications

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The Future of American Defense

Editors: Nicholas Burns and Jonathon Price
February 7, 2014

With the American withdrawal from Iraq and the imminent drawdown of the majority of American and NATO ground forces from Afghanistan, the U.S. is bringing to a close the longest and most intensive period of combat in our history. Coupled with the challenges of the budget crisis and political dysfunction in Washington, D.C., this is also a time of tough and consequential choices for the defense budget....

Conservation Innovation in Context

January 27, 2014

This report from our Conservation Innovation Roundtable, convened in partnership with Chesapeake Conservancy, is part of ongoing work by the Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program to explore conservation in the 21st century. As awareness of the interdependency between the natural world and human well‐being increases, traditional conceptions...

Designing for Universal Access: How to Reach All Kids?

January 15, 2014

Despite all of the energy today that goes into organized youth sports in some communities, the system misses a lot of kids. Of the 51 millio n children between the ages of 6 and 17 , only 27 million play team sport in any form (organized or casual) even one time during the course of the year, a ccording to a 2012 survey of U.S. households by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association . Less than 16...

Sport Participation Rates among Underserved American Youth

Prepared by Mike Sagas and George B. Cunningham of the University of Florida's Sport Policy & Research Collaborative
January 15, 2014

The purpose of this research brief is to review and describe the most relevant and recent data on the topic of sport participation rates among American
youth by various historically underserved populations. Specifically, data is aggregated and summarized by social class, race, gender, and disability
status. While the available data and research related to sport participation and physical activity...

Toward the Next Phase of Open Government

Panthea Lee
January 15, 2014

The 2013 FOCAS Forum convened representatives of the maker community, corporate and non-profit leaders, public officials, and citizen leaders with the goal of finding creative ways to encourage innovation and foster demand in the open governance field.  The report emanating from this Forum, “Toward the Next Phase of Open Government” written by Panthea Lee, is a series of six chapters that examines...

Innovations - Bridging the “Pioneer Gap”

Saurabh Lall, Lily Bowles, and Ross Baird
January 10, 2014

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Village Capital believes there is a pressing need for a more holistic, evidence-based approach to leveraging the potential of incubators and accelerators and to understanding what makes them successful. 

Innovations - Incubators Are Popping Up Like Wildflowers…

Randall Kempner
January 10, 2014

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) believes there is a pressing need for a more holistic, evidence-based approach to leveraging the potential of incubators and accelerators and to understanding what makes them successful. This lead essay by ANDE Executive Director, Randall Kempner, published in MIT Press' "Innovations,"details what we know about incubators and accelerators in...

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Diagnostic Toolkit

January 6, 2014

This toolkit has been developed by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), with the support of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It provides methodological guidance on assessing the current state of entrepreneurial ecosystems and offers a set of resources and tools that can be used by development practitioners. This toolkit does not aim to be exhaustive, but is...

Leveraging Learning: The Evolving Role of Federal Policy in Education Research

December 3, 2013

As transformative reforms like the Common Core State Standards and educator evaluation roll out amidst a rapidly changing demographic landscape, the need for getting high-quality research on timely topics into the hands of practitioners grows all the more urgent. While rigor and relevance need not be a question of “either/or”, but rather an instance of “both/and,” there’s a tension between the timeline...

Asset Building through Credit

Joyce Klein, Luz Gomez and Elaine Edgcomb
December 1, 2013

This paper presents the first set of findings from the Asset Building through Credit Pilot program, a demonstration that explored the use of secured credit card, teamed with credit coaching, as a tool to help entrepreneurs to build their credit. The program was managed by FIELD, in partnership with Justine PETERSEN, with financial support provided by the Citi Foundation. The first publication focused on...