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.

Forging a New Partnership: The Story of Teacher Union and School District Collaboration in Pittsburgh

Sean D. Hamill
June 2, 2011

Forging a New Partnership: The Story of Teacher Union and School District Collaboration in Pittsburgh documents Pittsburgh's transformation from a typical, adversarial district-union dynamic to one of deep, substantive collaboration over the course of several years. This work has catapulted Pittsburgh to the vanguard of efforts to improve teacher effectiveness, and helped secure more than $80...

TransFarm Africa: Removing the Barriers to African Farm Prosperity

June 2, 2011

Highlights TransFarm's efforts of removing trade barriers to African farm prosperity through investing in Mtanga Farms in Tanzania.

News Cities: The Next Generation of Healthy Informed Communities

Richard Adler
May 10, 2011

A report of the 2010 Forum on Aspen Institute Communications and Society. The report includes a description of the continuing difficulties, yet encouraging advances in local journalism, and a series of recommendations to strengthen public media, increase government transparency, encourage public engagement, promote digital and media literacy, and provide universal broadband access.


Race, Crime, and Punishment: Breaking the Connection in America

Edited by Keith O. Lawrence, Essays by Michelle Alexander, Eric Cadora, Blake Emerson, Ian Haney Lopez, Marc Mauer, Alan Mobley, Alice O'Connor, Jonathon Simon and Phil Thomson
May 5, 2011

Race, Crime and Punishment examines the linkage of race, crime, and punishment in the public mind, and offers strategies for reducing the severe racial disproportionalities in the criminal justice system.

Solving the Dilbert Paradox

April 15, 2011

Solving the Dilbert Paradox is the volume resulting from the 2010 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Talent Development. This "Dilbert Paradox" finds expression in wasted opportunities for organizational learning, collaboration, and access to knowledge and ideas outside the corporate hierarchy. The report captures the insights of the participants during the conference and details how some large...

Designing and Implementing Teacher Performance Management Systems: Pitfalls and Possibilities

Ross Wiener, Ariel Jacobs
April 11, 2011

As new performance-management-related policies go from idea to implementation, policy makers and education leaders need to flesh-out what are still broad principles in many areas. This represents a significant inflection point for the teaching profession and the management of public school systems. Early decisions will determine whether the new evaluations form the basis of a new, more...

ANDE 2010 Impact Report

March 28, 2011

 The 2010 ANDE Impact Report is a comprehensive assessment of the state of the SGB sector. It shares lessons learned about supporting and sustaining SGBs in emerging markets and addresses areas where improvement and mobilization are needed to further promote entrepreneurship to achieve poverty reduction around the world. 

 The report was released in March 2011 in conjunction...

Building Teacher Evaluation Systems: Learning From Leading Efforts

March 22, 2011

Ambitious reforms across the country are reshaping teacher evaluation and performance management. Designing new systems for measuring teacher effectiveness and using that information to increase student achievement are at the heart of these efforts and at the center of important policy debates. Yet little information exists about how these systems work in practice and how to use evaluations in...

The Future of Work: What It Means for Individuals, Businesses, Markets and Governments

David Bollier
March 10, 2011

The Future of Work examines the challenges to conventional notions of work and organization brought on by new digital technologies and trends. As the velocity of change increases, institutions and individuals must adapt. Yet many structures, including those in education, government, business and the economy, often remain rooted in the past. The report captures the insights of the Nineteenth...

American Interests in South Asia: Building a Grand Strategy in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India

Nicholas Burns and Jonathon Price
March 1, 2011

American Interests in South Asia: Building a Grand Strategy in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, is the latest in a series of policy books stemming from the Aspen Strategy Group's annual summer workshop. The book contains a collection of commissioned papers that provide an intensive exploration of the interconnected national security challenges posed by the events in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India....