Center for Urban Innovation

The Aspen Institute’s Center for Urban Innovation connects and supports leaders from government, business, non-profits, and philanthropy who want to link innovation and inclusion in America’s cities and metropolitan areas.  We do this through convenings, research, and thoughtful discussion on the needs of urban innovators, the impact of emerging technologies on cities, and new approaches to civic engagement.

The Center is designed to be a white-board space where smart, passionate, and creative people ask the next generation of questions and find answers together.  In line with the Aspen Institute’s focus on values-based discussion, we seek to understand and articulate the values implicated in innovation, disruption, inclusion, and reinvention.  We believe that innovation is not synonymous with technology, and that innovation can and does come from every corner of cities and regions.