Aspen Institute Publications

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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, ...

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...

Fragmentation and Concentration in the New Digital Environment

A Report of the 2013 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Institutional Innovation
Richard Adler
August 19, 2014

Fragmentation and Concentration in the New Digital Environment by Richard Adler explores the impact of digital technology infrastructures on the fragmentation and concentration of economic activity. This report maps the effects of the digital revolution on the business environment, the nature of work and the role of leadership in navigating the organization through the constantly changing landscape....

Learner at the Center of a Networked World

June 17, 2014

The Aspen Task Force on Learning and the Internet, with support and guidance from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is a group of 20 innovative and respected minds in technology, public policy, education, business, privacy and safety. The Task Force’s goal was to understand the ways in which young people learn today and to optimize learning and innovation within a trusted environment....

Video Veritas: Building a 21st Century Video Platform for a High-Performance Society

John B. Horrigan
June 4, 2014

The Twenty-Eighth Annual Aspen Institute Conference on Communications Policy took place August 11-14, 2013, and focused on the future of video regulation. The resulting report, entitled

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...

Toward the Next Phase of Open Government

Panthea Lee
January 15, 2014

The 2013 FOCAS Forum convened representatives of the maker community, corporate and non-profit leaders, public officials, and citizen leaders with the goal of finding creative ways to encourage innovation and foster demand in the open governance field.  The report emanating from this Forum, “Toward the Next Phase of Open Government” written by Panthea Lee, is a series of six chapters that examines...

Connecting the Edges

Richard Adler
May 1, 2013

The 2012 Roundtable on Institutional Innovation convened leaders to explore how organizations can stay atop today’s constant technological advancement. In the current economic environment, growth and underemployment are two outstanding national, indeed international, problems. While technological advances and globalization are often cited as instigators of the current plight, they are also beacons of...

Integrating Diplomacy and Social Media: A Report of the First Annual Aspen Institute Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology

March 29, 2013

Advances in social media and the wave of citizen involvement in both internal and external state affairs has heightened the need to take a closer look at how communications technologies can advance national interests. The digital disruption has come to many arenas. Diplomacy is just the latest to engage it. Integrating Diplomacy and Social Media: A Report of the First Annual Aspen Institute Dialogue...