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) 820.5326. Please note: Orders are shipped two times a week from our warehouse in Queenstown, MD, on the Eastern Shore.

GLC Resolve Award Innovation Profile: Cambodia

June 3, 2014

View or download this brief to learn more about why the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health selected Cambodia as a special mention for the...

GLC Resolve Award Innovation Profile: Peru

June 3, 2014

View or download this brief to learn more about why the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health selected Peru as a winner of the 2014...

GLC Resolve Award Innovation Profile: Tanzania

June 3, 2014

View or download this brief to learn more about why the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health selected Tanzania as a winner of the ...

The State of Measurement Practice in the SGB Sector

Genevieve Edens & Saurabh Lall
June 2, 2014

This report reviews the current state of measurement in two types of organizations that directly support SGBs – impact investors and capacity development providers. Using a mixed-methods approach, we collected data and interviewed over 30 organizations across these two categories, and analyzed key trends in measurement practice. 

Lessons from the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

June 1, 2014

Now in its third cycle, the Aspen Prize has uncovered many deserving but sometimes unheralded examples of excellent, outcomes-oriented practices among leading community colleges. In this slide presentation, you can explore the themes identified through...

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...