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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...

Teacher Evaluation and Support Systems: A Roadmap for Improvement

March 18, 2016

As states assume more autonomy under the Every Student Succeeds Act, many are at a crossroads: They can retreat from their teacher evaluation policies, or take stock of their systems and refine them for the better. To support states in this work, the Aspen Education & Society Program has released a new report on teacher evaluation systems. The report synthesizes key findings from research,...

The Value of Credentials for Disadvantaged Workers

Jean Grossman, Linda Kato, Tony Mallon, Sheila Maguire and Maureen Conway
March 15, 2016

Increasingly, attainment of a postsecondary credential is seen as a prerequisite to holding a good quality job in the rapidly changing economy. But even as policy makers have placed an increasing focus on training and preparing work¬ers to obtain postsecondary credentials, questions remain about the value of credentials, especially for job seekers and workers who often invest time and money to obtain a...

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.


Advancing Health through Food Security

Aspen Dialogue on U.S. Food Insecurity & Healthcare Costs
Nicole Buckley, Rapporteur
March 1, 2016

Today's rates of food insecurity in the U.S. are now understood by experts to be a health crisis, as food insecurity contributes to deterioration of health at all life stages. This report represents the findings of the Aspen Dialogue on U.S. Food Insecurity & Healthcare Costs as developed over the course of three roundtable dialogues convened in 2014-2015. The report explores...

Public and Private Sector Interventions for Global Food Security

Food Security Strategy Group
Nicole Buckley, Rapporteur; Madeleine K. Albright, Thomas A. Daschle, Tony Elumelu, and Dan Glickman, Co-Chairs
March 1, 2016

The Food Security Strategy Group (FSSG) was a three-year, high-level, non-partisan, and international dialogue series comprised of prominent and influential leaders in business, government, non-profit organizations and academia brought together to address the urgent need for cross-sector alignment on a long-term vision for food security planning. Chaired by Madeleine K. Albright, Thomas...

Optimizing Talent: The Promise and the Perils of Adapting Sectoral Strategies for Young Workers

Sheila Maguire
February 24, 2016

Long-term self-sufficiency means more than just a job. Those at the bottom of the labor market—especially young adults with limited education who face high rates of unemployment—need in-demand skills, a clear career path, and solid supports.  In recent years, sector-based strategies have yielded promising results for moving low-income jobseekers and workers into living wage positions.


Apprenticeship: Training That Works

Susan Crane and John Colborn
February 23, 2016

In Training That Works, authors John Colborn and Susan Crane scan the field of apprenticeship and identify areas where coordinated investments of foundations could support high-leverage, actionable ideas that would grow apprenticeship and strengthen its impact on poor and marginalized populations.  The report targets 4 aspects of the...

Comment Letter: Proposed ERISA Safe Harbor for State Savings Arrangements

January 19, 2016

On January 19, 2016, FSP submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regarding DOL's recent proposal to establish a safe harbor from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) for savings arrangements established by states for non-governmental employees. FSP commends DOL for providing this legal guidance, which FSP believes will reduce confusion and uncertainty in...