Aspen Institute Publications

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Making the Invisible Visible: Redesigning Business Processes for Exponential Organizations

April 21, 2016

The 2015 Roundtable on Institutional Innovation took place July 20-22, 2015 in Aspen, Colorado. The Roundtable gathered high level executives from leading organizations to address, and where appropriate reframe, approaches to institutional performance through innovation. This report, written by rapporteur Richard Adler, details the outcomes from the Roundtable discussions. The report explores how...

Skirting Bottlenecks: Policies to Support Network Evolution, Digital Inclusion and Data Security

March 23, 2016

The 30th Annual Aspen Institute Conference on Communications Policy, entitled “The Future of Broadband Competition,” took place August 12-15, 2015 in Aspen, CO. The conference gathered 33 leading communications policy leaders and experts in Aspen to consider how broadband markets can promise delivery of economic and social benefits. Written by Conference rapporteur John B. Horrigan, the report...

The City as a Platform: How Digital Networks are Changing Urban Life and Governance

March 7, 2016

The 2015 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Information Technology gathered 31 distinguished leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs in Aspen Colorado to discuss how digital networks are changing urban life and governance. The resulting report is a series of chapters that look at a new blend of urban planning, economic development and source innovation that are creating truly smart networked cities.


Making Waves: Alternative Paths to Flexible Use Spectrum

July 7, 2015

The 2014 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Spectrum Policy (AIRS) gathered 26 of the top telecommunications policy experts at the Aspen Wye River Conference center in Queenstown, MD to investigate whether the U.S., in light of recent progress in alternative approaches to spectrum allocation, should make the more drastic move to a regime that has all spectrum, other than some carved out for specific public...

The Atomic Age of Data: Policies for the Internet of Things

July 7, 2015

The Twenty-Ninth Annual Aspen Institute Conference on Communications Policy, titled "Developing Policies for the Internet of Things," took place August 13-16, 2014 in Aspen, CO. As the world becomes increasingly connected and more objects become embedded with sensors, the Internet of Things is poised to explode, with estimates of 25 billion connected devices by 2020. 35 knowledgeable participants...

Navigating Continual Disruption

July 1, 2015

Navigating Continual Disruption, the report from the 2014 Roundtable on Institutional Innovation, explored ways to manage organizations in the face of continual disruption - the constant onslaught of new offerings or business models that can challenge the dominance of core businesses.

Strengthening a Free and Open Internet in a Changing and Complex World

July 1, 2015

Strengthening a Free and Open Internet in a Changing and Complex World, the report of the 2014 Forum on Communications and Society, addresses critical issues related to openness on the Net. Highlights include details about the net neutrality debate, and a series of principles developed by participants that policy-makers can use when considering Internet regulatory decisions.


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.

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...

Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries

A Report of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries
Amy K. Garmer
October 14, 2014

Rising to the Challenge is the culmination of a year-long exploration and examination of the challenges and opportunities facing communities and their public libraries as society moves deeper into the digital era. It projects a new vision for public libraries and promotes new thinking about libraries, their critical assets, new networked forms and the essential role they now play in providing...