Aspen Institute Publications

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Voices of Native Youth Report, Volume III

May 23, 2014

Collecting ideas and concerns from Native American youth is vital to the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY)’s work. In order to raise awareness to Native youth issues and foster solutions, we need to be respectfully sharing this information with a larger audience. The Voices of Native Youth Report is a yearly effort to provide current feedback from Native American youth regarding challenges and...

Housing at the Base of the Pyramid in Brazil

May 9, 2014

This report is based on the themes and messages discussed during the Business Opportunities in Housing for the Base of the Pyramid event held in São Paulo, Brazil on 2 September 2013. The event brought together between key actors developing housing solutions for low-income communities in Brazil. More than 70 members from the United Nations Development Programme in Brazil, city government, civil society...

Unpacking Corporate Purpose: A Report on the Beliefs of Executives, Investors and Scholars

May 1, 2014

Most commentary on corporate purpose and corporate governance is couched in narrow assumptions about what corporate executives and investors believe. Rather than assume, we have commissioned independent research to ask executives, investors and scholars to unpack what they really believe about the purpose of the corporation. Twenty-eight one-hour interviews were conducted in late 2013 and early 2014...

Unrealized Potential: Misconceptions About Corporate Purpose and New Opportunities for Business Education

May 1, 2014
The dominant conception of the corporation today is that firms exist to maximize value for shareholders. Unfortunately, a narrow understanding of this paradigm causes many business leaders to believe that they are legally and morally obligated to maximize stock price for their investors. This conventional wisdom unnecessarily constrains thinking about the role of corporations in the long-term health of...

The Weightless Marketplace: Coming to Terms with Innovative Payment Systems, Digital Currencies and Online Labor Markets

David Bollier
April 17, 2014

The 2013 Roundtable on Information Technology convened business executives, innovators, government leaders and visionaries to develop a more sophisticated, timely understanding of the latest technology innovations affecting commerce. With the advances in information and communications technologies, the friction of conventional transactions has dissipated with consequential innovations...

Adapting for the Global Diplomatic Arena: A Report of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology

Shanthi Kalathil
April 16, 2014

As social networks and mobile technologies become increasingly more popular among private citizens and the public, the use of technology will continue to alter the landscape of diplomacy. Adapting for the Global Diplomatic Arena: A Report of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology, written by Dialogue rapporteur Shanthi Kalathil, captures the contrasting...

Gateways to Two-Generations: The Potential for Early Childhood Programs and Partnerships to Support Children and Their Parents Together

March 31, 2014

This report focuses on how leading early childhood programs support families’ educational success and economic security. The models outlined stem from an ongoing series of convenings around early childhood and two-generation approaches. They also take into account the perspectives and resilience of families as well as the importance of partnerships.


Innovations in Early Childhood

March 31, 2014

This brief highlights key themes from the first in a series of early childhood forums on two-generation approaches sponsored by Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Themes include engaging parent voices to inform programs and policies, essential program design elements, emerging issues around health and well-being, and leveraging philanthropic impact.


Personal Action, Collective Impact

March 31, 2014

Aspen Institute vice president Anne Mosle contributed a chapter to The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink. She speaks to the power of two-generation approaches, the value of social capital and the potential for “life skills” to equip the next generation with the skills they need.


Two-Generation Playbook

March 31, 2014

How do two-generation approaches work? What are the core components? Where are the opportunities emerging? This booklet of infographics offers a brief visual introduction to two-generation approaches. It is designed to be a tool you can use to communicate about the power of these strategies in your work.

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