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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...

Building a Sustainable Business Model

November 24, 2014

The third and final publication from the Asset Building through Credit pilot explores how to sustain delivery of a secured credit card teamed with credit coaching. The paper provides an overview of the tool (The Lean Canvas) used to analyze a business model for the product and highlights insights from the analysis.

The Crisis with Russia

Aspen Strategy Group
November 19, 2014

The Aspen Strategy Group's Policy Books is an annual series of pieces on the United States most pressing foreign policy and national security issues written by contemporary thought leaders. This edition is a collection of papers commissioned for the 2014 Aspen Strategy Group Summer Workshop. On the occasion of the 30th year anniversary of the Aspen Strategy Group (founded in 1984), the Summer Workshop...

2014 Financial Security Summit: Rapporteur's Report

Colby Farber
November 5, 2014

The 2014 Financial Security Summit examined how policymakers, the financial services industry, advocates, and academics can advance new policies and products to make it easier for households to build financial security and to reinvigorate the American Dream. 

Crisis & Opportunity: Aligning the Community College Presidency with Student Success (Executive Summary)

November 5, 2014

The Institute's first higher education leadership initiatives address the community college presidency. In partnership with Achieving the Dream (ATD), the Aspen College Excellence Program has conducted research into the qualities of presidents who lead Aspen Prize winning community colleges and ATD leader colleges. This executive summary synthesizing our findings, “Crisis and Opportunity: Aligning...

Using Labor Market Data to Improve Student Success

October 28, 2014

Community Colleges have a unique opportunity to enable students to acquire the skills they need to land good jobs with strong wages, but colleges can only fulfill this promise if they are taking advantage of available data to tailor their educational...

Adapting to Plenty: Effects of the Oil and Gas Boom

2014 Forum on Global Energy, Economy and Security
Bill White, Chair and Leonard Coburn, Rapporteur
October 21, 2014

In July 2014 the topic of the Forum was “Adapting to Plenty:  Effects of the Oil and Gas Boom. Bill White, Chairman of Lazard Houston, and former Houston Mayor and Deputy Secretary of Energy, chaired. Participants considered additional opportunities for production and the challenges of achieving them, international impacts of the new North American production, the changing rationale for U.S. energy...