About the Aspen Partnership for an Inclusive Economy

Over the past 70 years, the Aspen Institute has tackled the world’s greatest challenges by reaching across communities, sectors, and differing points of view to bring together thinkers and doers committed to solving problems. With a global network of values-driven leaders and programs targeting global threats ranging from climate change to economic insecurity to racism and polarization, the Aspen Institute helps lower barriers to opportunity and pursue a vision of a free, just, and equitable society.

Growing economic inequality is one of the defining challenges of our time. The world’s richest 1 percent now own as much as 45 percent of global wealth. And the problem of income inequality will only worsen as generational wealth exponentially increases the divide.

The global economy is growing, but it’s clearly not working for everyone.

Workers, policymakers, and business leaders have all emphasized the need for change. But current efforts are too often disjointed—and we need a unifying vision.

To address these challenges and meet the breadth and complexity of the issue, the Aspen Institute is launching—anchored by a $26 million investment from Mastercard—its first-ever Institute-wide initiative aimed at building an economy that enables all people and communities around the world to thrive.

The Aspen Partnership for an Inclusive Economy will lead to the development of bold new proposals from experts across Institute programs and networks; the mobilization of leaders across sectors to advance integrated strategies for inclusive growth; and the convening of thought leaders and change makers to drive solutions and impact. Through this community-driven platform, the Aspen Institute will accelerate the tipping point for change.

Mastercard’s founding investment will enable the Institute to leverage its assets, networks, and expertise to examine a broad range of topics, including: the rise of the gig economy, the role of global entrepreneurship in catalyzing job creation and values-based executive leadership.

The Partnership is co-chaired by Ida Rademacher, Vice President and Executive Director of the Institute’s Financial Security Program, and Dana J. Hyde, who most recently served as the CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation.