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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. ...

Opportunities in Technology for the Base of the Pyramid in Brazil

January 6, 2015

This report is a summary of the main discussions presented during the two editions of “Opportunities in Technology for the Base of the Pyramid” event- the first of which was held in Receife on November 12, 2013, the second of which was held in Sao Paulo on May 20, 2014. The event was hosted by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), Ebay Foundation,  Instituto de...

The Bottom Line Investing For Impact on Economic Mobility In The U.S: "Insights from Abroad: Impact Investing in Emerging Markets"

Randall Kempner and Alexander Pan
December 17, 2014

From our perspective at ANDE, we have seen impact investing become an increasingly important tool used to support small and growing businesses in the developing world that are capable of creating jobs, stimulating long-term economic growth, and generating social impact. However, impact investing is still very much an emerging tool. If it is to scale and become a viable solution to social issues in the...

Tectonic Shifts in the U.S. Electricity Sector

Aspen Institute Clean Energy Forum
Andy Karsner & Roger Ballentine, Co-Chairs
December 15, 2014

The report from the 2014 Aspen Institute Clean Energy Forum “Tectonic Shifts in the U.S. Electricity Sector” focuses on the economic disruption occurring to existing business models in the electricity sector given the rise of consumers; distributed generation, and the impacts of energy efficiency. Related topics also include the changing role of regulators and the implications of the 111(d) proposed...

Innovating for a Sustainable and Resilient Water Future: A Report from the 2014 Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum

Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum
Martin Doyle, Water Policy Program Director, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University; David Monsma, Executive Director, Energy & Environment Program, the Aspen Institute; Courtney Harrison, Policy Associate, Nicholas Institu
December 10, 2014

To address the urgent need for infrastructure upgrades and resilience building in US water systems as well as the need for leadership and synergistic action in the space, the Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum brought together 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...