Aspen Institute Publications

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Publication: 2011 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

College Excellence Program
December 12, 2011

For millions of Americans, community colleges provide an essential pathway to well-paying jobs and continuing higher education. The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence honors those institutions that strive for and achieve exceptional levels of success for all students, while they are in college and after they graduate.

Building an Impact Economy in America

December 2, 2011

"Building an Impact Economy in America" provides a condensed summary of a June 2011 Summit on the impact economy convened by the White House and the Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation's Impact Economy Initiative. The summit convened more than 150 leaders in the field -- investors, philanthropists, executives, and policymakers -- to discuss the emergence of the impact economy....

Policy Brief: Family Planning Promotes the Demographic Dividend

December 1, 2011

The demographic dividend is a powerful opportunity that occurs during the demographic shift from a population with high mortality and fertility rates to longer life expectancies and smaller family sizes. It offers the potential to boost economic growth and poverty reduction—but only if government leaders implement sound policies. 

Policy Brief: Population Growth, Reproductive Health and Sustainable Development

December 1, 2011

Today, the world’s nations must provide for an ever-growing population against a backdrop of food and water shortages, depleted resources, and a changing climate. Slower population growth would make that challenge easier to meet. Moreover, the means to slow growth—including family planning and other reproductive health services—can promote development that meets human needs today—and tomorrow.


Policy Brief: The Population-Climate Connection: Why Family Planning is a Win-Win for Women and the Planet

December 1, 2011

Family planning empowers women, improves public health, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and builds resilience to a changing climate. The bottom line: family planning is a win-win for women and the planet.

Health Worker Migration Initiative Global Policy Advisory Council Meeting- Washington, DC November, 22 2011

November 22, 2011

The council meeting focussed on a few things, namely: The US healthcare reform and its linkage to international migration, the Health Worker Migration Inovations Award, Council Conversation Series and the Council's mandate.

Partners for a New Beginning 2011 Status Report

October 22, 2011

Full report is available for download here.

In September of 2010, Partners for a New Beginning (PNB) was formally...

Assessing Community Information Needs: A Practical Guide

Richard C. Harwood
October 21, 2011

Assessing Community Information Needs: A Practical Guide, written by Richard C. Harwood of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, is a guide for adopting civic innovation strategies to spur the development of news and information environments that address real community needs. It is the eighth in a series of white papers following up the recommendations of the Knight Commission on the Information...