Aspen Institute Publications

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Helping Adult Learners Navigate Community College and the Labor Market

Matt Helmer
February 28, 2013

This issue of Update looks at the challenges adult learners face as they attempt to enter community college, persist to completing a certificate or degree, and successfully transition to employment.  The reports shares detailed examples of these challenges including how some adult learners struggle with financial aid and registration processes, inadequate career counseling...

Rethinking Communications Regulation

Richard Adler
February 25, 2013

As the Internet and other information and communications technologies grow exponentially, and as a new ecosystem is emerging that could conflate previously distinct methods of communication into a single digital medium, questions arise as to whether the traditional silos of regulation are still appropriate. The...

Power-Curve Society: The Future of Innovation, Opportunity and Social Equity in the Emerging Networked Economy

David Bollier
February 11, 2013

This report examines how technological innovation is restructuring productivity and the social and economic impact resulting from these changes. It addresses the growing concern about the technological displacement of jobs, stagnant middle class income, and wealth disparities in an emerging "winner-take-all" economy. It also examines cutting-edge innovations in personal data ecosystems that could...

Building a Faculty Culture of Student Success

February 4, 2013

This guide describes how leading community colleges have created cultures in which faculty members consistently work to reform and improve their teaching in ways that measurably improve student learning. It provides a look at some innovative approaches, including the unusual tenure process at Valencia College  -...

Microenterprise Development as Job Creation

Elaine Edgcomb and Tamra Thetford, with Ilgar Alisultanov
February 1, 2013

This report, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as part of the “Big Ideas for Jobs” project, details the role that microbusinesses – firms that employ five of fewer workers – play in supporting jobs. Based on interviews with nearly 2000 microbusinesses that received assistance from community-based microenterprise development organizations, the report describes key findings including the numbers of...

Summary Report from the Aspen Consultation on Health, Food Security and Population in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Aspen Global Health and Development
February 1, 2013

In January 2013, the Summary Report from the Aspen Consultation on Health, Food Security and Population in the Post-2015 Development Agenda was submitted to each of the UN task teams charged with advising the Secretary General's High Level Panel on the issues of ...

Partners for a New Beginning 2013 Status Report

Chris Westling
January 31, 2013

As Partners for a New Beginning (PNB) concludes its second year, it is with great excitement that we will present our 2013 Status Report highlighting the collective work of the initiative and its partners around the world.

Income Patching among Microentrepreneurs

Tamra Thetford
January 30, 2013

How are microentrepreneurs combining self- and wage employment in today’s economic context? This issue of our Trendlines series uses data from FIELD’s microTracker client outcomes survey to analyze how “income patching” has been used by microenterprise program clients in recent years. The brief publication discusses topics such as characteristics of patchers and their business outcomes, including hours...

Electricity: Seeking Progress Amid Uncertainty

Ernest J. Moniz, Chair, and Gernot Wagner, Rapporteur
December 11, 2012

The 2012 Forum, “Electricity: Seeking Progress amid Uncertainty,” was chaired by Ernest J. Moniz, Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, and Director of the Energy Initiative at MIT. Topics included regulatory issues affecting the financial model of utilities, the obstacles to the moves toward greater energy efficiency, the challenge of meeting energy and water needs simultaneously, factors...

Civil Society Advocacy in Uganda: Lessons Learned

David Devlin-Foltz
November 19, 2012

Over several decades – and with increasing intensity in recent years – the non-governmental organization (NGO) sector in Uganda has participated in vigorous efforts to shape public policy. The emergence of such civil society advocacy in Uganda, as one commentator notes, refl ects the growing and welcome ability of civil society “to occupy space inadvertently ignored by government.” This study...