Aspen Institute Publications

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Blind Spot: America's Response to Radicalism in the Middle East

December 15, 2015

Blind Spot: America's Response to Radicalism in the Middle East is the most recent publication in the Aspen Strategy Group's Policy Books series. This edition is a collection of papers commissioned for the 2015 Aspen Strategy Group Summer Workshop. In response to the evolving challenges extremist groups present in the Middle East, more than 70 leaders in academia, business, government, and...

Reimagining Financial Security: Managing Risk and Building Wealth in an Era of Inequality

December 15, 2015

The 2015 Financial Security Summit, titled Reimagining Financial Security: Managing Risk and Building Wealth in an Era of Inequality, took place July 15–17 in Aspen, Colorado. The Summit agenda built on FSP's core themes of expanding retirement security and children’s savings accounts for low- and moderate-income families, and began to explore a broader vision of how to improve short- and long-...

The New Energy Innovation Economy

Aspen Clean Energy Innovation Forum
Dave Grossman, Rapporteur; Roger Ballentine & Andy Karsner, Co-Chairs
December 15, 2015

The 2015 Clean Energy Innovation Forum, “The New Energy Innovation Economy,” was co-chaired again this year by Roger Ballentine of Green Strategies and Andy Karsner of Manifest Energy.  Topics discussed included the ongoing transformation of the energy user experience; distributed generation and disruption incumbent electricity business model; challenges in bridging the energy...

Data Intelligence for 21st Century Water Management: A Report from the 2015 Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum

Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum
Dave Grossman (Rapporteur); Martin Doyle, Water Policy Program Director, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University; and Nicole Buckley, Assistant Director, Energy & Environment Program, The Aspen Institute
December 9, 2015

The 2015 Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum, brings together each year a select group of water experts with diverse knowledge - from finance and policy to technology and ecosystems - to explore the future of our water system; the role of corporations and municipalities in managing water risk; and the innovations in, and convergence of, water policy, finance, and...

Leaning Into the Energy System of the Future

Energy Policy Forum
Dave Grossman, Rapporteur; Sue Tierney & Clint Vince, Co-Chairs
December 8, 2015

The 2015 Energy Policy Forum, “Leaning Into the Energy System of the Future,” was co-chaired by Sue Tierney, Managing Principal of The Analysis Group and former Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy, and Clint Vince, Chair of the U.S. Energy Practice at Dentons U.S. LLP.  Topics discussed included new global energy pricing realities and the effects on domestic energy; the Clean...

Engaging State Legislators: Lessons for the Education Sector

December 1, 2015

This report distills the learnings from focus groups, in-depth interviews, and a two-day symposium with over 50 state legislative leaders and explores how they get their information, what matters most to them, and how groups that work with state legislators can engage them most effectively. As state legislators work to get education policy right, make sure you have the inside track on how they work and...

Roles and Responsibilities of the State Education Agency

December 1, 2015

Roles and Responsibilities of the State Education Agency challenges state chiefs and their leadership teams to consider their local context and capacity in determining essential, possible, and unsuitable roles for their agency. Coming out of a period of historic state involvement in education policy, this discussion guide helps state leaders consider what roles and responsibilities they can...

The Complexity of Procurement for Instructional Materials

December 1, 2015

Procurement is a complex, time-consuming process that burdens SEA staff and delays resources from getting into the hands of students, teachers, and staff. Learn more about this process and what it means for students in a new infographic from the Aspen Education & Society Program. 

Where Does It All Go? Uses of Federal Education Funding

December 1, 2015

This infographic shows how federal education funding works and the compliance requirements that states, districts, and schools must meet to receive it. 

Narrowing the Racial Wealth Gap through Business Ownership

November 25, 2015

This guide highlights existing research on the link between the racial wealth gap and business ownership. Because lower levels of business and financial assets held by African-American and Latino households are one of the key reasons for the racial wealth gap...