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) 820.5433. Please note: Orders are shipped two times a week from our warehouse in Queenstown, MD, on the Eastern Shore.
Assessing Community Information Needs: A Practical Guide, written by Richard C. Harwood of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, is a guide for adopting civic innovation strategies to spur the development of news and information environments that address real community needs. It is the eighth in a series of white papers following up the recommendations of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, a project of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program and the Knight Foundation. Learn more at www.knightcomm.org
The Aspen Institute's Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2011-2012 Top 100 MBA Programs is a global ranking of leading business schools innovating in social and environmental impact. The ranking includes 149 schools from 22 countries, and is based on coursework offerings and published faculty research. The data used to build this ranking is available at www.BeyondGreyPinstripes.org.
While many MBA rankings exist, only one looks beyond reputation and test scores to measure something much more important: how well schools are preparing their students for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business.
To order high-quality print copies of the rankings brochure, please contact Dana Caryl at Dana.Caryl@aspeninstitute.org.
Re-Imagining Journalism: Local News for a Networked World identifies five strategic areas and specific ideas for promoting experimentation, collaboration and public engagement that are critical for reforming local journalism. The paper calls upon a variety of stakeholders in business, the nonprofit sector, government and community institutions, and citizens themselves to each play a role in nurturing a revitalized and re-imagined local media ecosystem. It is the seventh in a series of white papers following up the recommendations of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. Learn more at www.knightcomm.org
Critics of the Social Security program are fond of labeling the Social Security trust fund as a fiction, claiming that the program is bankrupt, or disparaging the program’s legal basis as ephemeral and subject to the whims of Congress. This brief sets the record straight on Social Security. This paper demonstrates that Social Security is not an income transfer program from the young to the old, the trust is a valid trust and the trust fund is invested as required by law, Social Security’s financial status is strong, and the program is not a major contributor to the long-term federal deficit. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt intentionally endowed the Social Security program with a strong legal and financial foundation to protect the “legal, moral, and political” integrity of Social Security, ensuring the program can continue to be the financial mainstay for Americans who are older, have disabilities, or are dependent children, as it has for generations.
Spectrum for the Next Generation of Wireless explores possible sources of spectrum, looking specifically at incentives or other measures to assure that spectrum finds its highest and best use. It includes a number of recommendations, both private and federal, of where and how spectrum can be repurposed for wireless use. In November 2010, the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program convened the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Spectrum Policy, where 31 experts and leaders addressed the consequences and solutions to the increasing demand for spectrum. Spectrum for the Next Generation of Wireless is the report resulting from the Roundtable discussions.