Aspen Institute Publications

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The First Year of Accelerating Opportunity

October 8, 2014

Launched in 2011, the Accelerating Opportunity (AO) initiative aims to increase the ability of students with low basic skills to earn valued occupational credentials, obtain a well-paying job, and sustain a rewarding career. AO is encouraging states to change the delivery of adult education for students interested in learning career skills by enrolling them in for-credit career and technical education...

Hiring Exceptional Community College Presidents: Tools for Hiring Leaders who Advance Student Success and Access

September 29, 2014

The College Excellence Program at the Aspen Institute aims to advance higher education practices, polices, and leadership that significantly improve student outcomes. Hiring Exceptional Community College Presidents: Tools for Hiring Leaders who...

Impact Inventing: Strengthening the Ecosystem for Invention-Based Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets

Alexander N. Pan
September 25, 2014

This report focuses on what differentiates an invention-based entrepreneur from traditional entrepreneurs and highlights what support invention-based entrepreneurs require, what resources are available, what ecosystem level gaps remain, and what tangible actions can be taken to fill these...

Complexity and Community Change: Managing Adaptively to Improve Effectiveness

September 24, 2014

The challenges of transforming distressed communities are heightened by the complexity of the problems community change actors address and the complexity of the environments in which they work. Confronted by complexity, actors in the community change field need to respond adaptively to manage effectively. This new publication from the Roundtable applies a complexity lens to place-based community...

Responding to Trends in the U.S. Electricity Sector

2014 Energy Policy Forum Report
Sue Tierney, Chair and Dave Grossman, Rapporteur
September 22, 2014

The 2014 Forum, “Responding to Trends in the U.S. Electricity Sector,” was chaired by Sue Tierney, Managing Principal of The Analysis Group and former Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy. Topics discussed included EPA’s recently proposed rule on CO2 emissions from existing power plants, surging production of cheap natural gas, and virtually flat demand and revenue, due in part to distributed energy...

The Affordable Care Act: Affording Two-Generation Approaches Health

September 18, 2014

This new report from the Aspen Institute and the National Academy for State Health Policy highlights the significant opportunity in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the accompanying Medicaid expansion to produce better health and economic stability for children and parents together. This is the first comprehensive look at the ACA through a two-generation lens, exploring both the possibilities and the...

Client Gains in Credit Scores and Financial Capability

September 11, 2014

The second publication in this series highlighting the findings from the Asset Building through Credit Pilot details the outcomes of 385 secured cardholders in terms of credit scores and financial behaviors. The paper and companion infographic offer practical lessons for practitioners, funders and others seeking to move the needle on financial capability.


Metrics to Align Mission with Financial Performance: Tips from Practitioners

Mike McCreless, Root Capital
September 2, 2014

Social enterprises and impact investors, along with non-profits and foundations, have invested significant effort in designing metrics to monitor and evaluate impact. Yet these impact metrics do not create as much value as they could. Too often, impact metrics, and the people who manage them, are siloed in their own departments, databases, and discourses, one step removed from strategic and financial...

Mapping the Impact Investing Sector in Brazil

August 28, 2014

During the past 10 years of impact investing in Brazil, we have observed a signifi cant development in the impact investing space. Five years ago, only a few players identifi ed themselves as impact investors, very few organizations in the social sector were investor-ready, and there were almost no co-investment opportunities. A steep increase in the number of investors and amount of capital, greater...

Fragmentation and Concentration in the New Digital Environment

A Report of the 2013 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Institutional Innovation
Richard Adler
August 19, 2014

Fragmentation and Concentration in the New Digital Environment by Richard Adler explores the impact of digital technology infrastructures on the fragmentation and concentration of economic activity. This report maps the effects of the digital revolution on the business environment, the nature of work and the role of leadership in navigating the organization through the constantly changing landscape....