Aspen Institute Publications

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Physical Literacy: A Global Environmental Scan By Sports & Society Program

June 15, 2015

Over the past decade, about a dozen countries have introduced, in a variety of forms, social movements based on a concept that has become known as “physical literacy.” This global environmental scan, a partnership between the Sports & Society Program and the Sports and Physical Activity Research Collaborative, is the first-ever effort to catalogue those movements. It was released at the...

College- and Career-Ready Standards Benchmarking Implementation

June 1, 2015

Co-developed with Achieve, these four tools can help state leaders to monitor implementation of their college- and career-ready standards. 


Reforming American Public Diplomacy

May 12, 2015

The 2014 Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology took place August 3-6, 2014 in Aspen, Colorado. The Dialogue, Reforming American Public Diplomacy, explored whether the US Government’s apparatus for global discourse is adequate to the times.

Medicare and Medicaid: Still Transforming Health Care 50 Years Later

April 15, 2015

This commentary honors and celebrates the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, highlighting the growth, evolution, and remarkable accomplishments of two federal programs that together provide health insurance coverage to some 110 million Americans. It also recognizes President Lyndon B. Johnson, whose determination to bring these programs to life is legendary. This was prepared as part of a...

From College to Jobs: Making Sense of Labor Market Returns to Higher Education

April 14, 2015

This report summarizes key findings from recent research on links between higher education and the workforce. Featuring eight brief papers from leading education and workforce experts from around the country, the report offers practical advice for institutional leaders, policymakers, students and their advisers about how to use the increasingly available information on the economic value of higher...

The 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

March 18, 2015

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.

Managing Digital Assets: The Challenge of Creating and Sustaining Intangible Value in a Data-Driven Economy

March 3, 2015

The 2014 Roundtable on Information Technology convened business executives, innovators, government leaders and visionaries to develop a more sophisticated, timely understanding of the latest technology innovations around digital assets. Managing Digital Assets, written by David Bollier, looks at the growth of intangible digital assets and the proliferation of peer-to-peer platforms that empower...

Entrepreneurship and Acceleration Questions from the Field - Feb 2015

February 5, 2015

In this brief, we use data from the Entrepreneurship Acceleration Research Initiative in order to respond to the following question by Steve Cumming of the MasterCard Foundation about Youth Entrepreneurship

"At The MasterCard Foundation, we have a portfolio of youth entrepreneurship projects that we support in Sub Saharan Africa. We’re always looking for data to better understand the space and to...

Sport for All Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game

January 26, 2015

Over the past two years, Project Play has convened more than 250 thought leaders in a series of roundtables, identifying strategies that can address barriers limiting access to early sport activity that fosters the development of healthy children and communities. This 50-page report aggregates the eight most promising strategies. Authored by the Sports & Society Program with support from the Robert...

Meeting Our Highest Aspirations for Capitalism -2014

January 9, 2015

In New York City on October 16-17, 2014, the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program hosted a Symposium focused on exemplary teaching at the business and society interface with a particular emphasis on sourcing and employment practices-leveraging increased consumer demand for "responsible" labor practices and supply chains, and employer demand for graduates with strong operational skills. ...