THE ASPEN INSTITUTE IS A NONPARTISAN FORUM FOR VALUES-BASED LEADERSHIP AND THE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS.

The Aspen Institute has earned a reputation for gathering diverse, nonpartisan thought leaders, creatives, scholars and members of the public to address some of the world's most complex problems. But the goal of these convenings is to have an impact beyond the conference room. They are designed to provoke, further, and improve actions taken in the real world.

AN INSTITUTE COLLABORATION

The Aspen Institute Summit on Inequality and Opportunity is a collaboration between the Institute's Public Programs and a team of Policy Programs working to increase access to opportunity and financial security around the country.  By sharing research, wisdom, and networks, this collaboration represents a new brand of Institute thinking: together is better.


ASCEND

Ascend is a policy program of the Aspen Institute and the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security. We take a two-generation approach to our work and embrace commitment to gender and racial equity lenses. Ascend elevates effective policies and solutions that move children and their parents towards educational success and economic security.

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM

Economic Opportunities Program (EOP) is a policy program at the Aspen Institute. Its primary mission is to advance promising strategies and policies to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s dynamic economy. Over its more than 20 years of work, EOP has focused on expanding individuals’ opportunities – to develop their skills and capabilities, to build professional networks and connect to quality work, to start businesses, and to build assets and economic stability.

THE ASPEN FORUM FOR COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS

The Forum’s mission is to support community collaboration – including collective impact – that enables communities to effectively address their most pressing challenges. There is an opportunity to put a spotlight on community success stories, inspire others to act, and take collective impact to the next level. The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions seeks to serve as a platform for sharing best practices across community collaborations, and it will enlist more communities to pull together for community-wide progress while providing them with the tools, support, and resources necessary to achieve results.

THE ASPEN INSTITUTE COMMUNITY STRATEGIES GROUP

The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group (CSG) connects, motivates, and equips local leaders to build more prosperous regions and advance those living on the economic margins. The program does so by: designing and facilitating action-inducing peer learning among organizations, leaders and policymakers; providing strategic guidance to community leaders and supporters to sharpen their focus and strategy; producing tools, frameworks, analysis and stories to help communities make smart decisions; managing short- and long-term initiatives that catalyze innovation and progress; and building networks to spread good ideas and useful lessons.

THE ASPEN INSTITUTE FINANCIAL SECURITY PROGRAM

Financial instability has gone mainstream.The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program connects the world’s best minds to find breakthrough solutions for America’s family financial security crisis. We need a new generation of financial policies, products and services that enable more Americans to meet basic financial needs, and withstand financial shocks, while saving for long-term goals like college, home ownership and retirement. We aim for nothing less than a more inclusive economy,
with reduced inequality and shared prosperity.

The future of work initiative 

The Future of Work Initiative is a nonpartisan effort to identify concrete ways to strengthen the social contract in the midst of sweeping changes in the workplace and workforce. The Initiative is focused on two key objectives: first, to advance and protect the economic interests of Americans in the independent workforce, including those in the rapidly growing on-demand economy; and second, to inspire a 21st-century capitalism which rewards work, fuels innovation, and promises a brighter future for businesses and workers alike. The Initiative is driven by the leadership of Honorary Co-Chairs Senator Mark Warner and Purdue University President Mitch Daniels with Co-Chairs John Bridgeland and Bruce Reed.

The Future of Work Initiative is made possible through the generous philanthropic support of a broad range of foundations, individuals, and corporate partners, including: Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, The Hitachi Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The Markle Foundation, The Peter G. Peterson Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Prudential Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Brian Sheth, Sean Parker, Accenture, Apple, BlackRock, and others.

PROGRAM ON PHILANTHROPY AND SOCIAL INNOVATION

Grantmaking foundations, nonprofit organizations, social enterprises and public-private partnerships offer lasting solutions to societal challenges. They are at the heart of civil society. This program seeks to inform and maximize the impact of these social sector actors through leadership development initiatives, convenings, and communications so that each can contribute to the good society at home and abroad. The program’s theory of change rests on the premise that if their leaders have clarity about their values, are collaborative in their approach to problem-solving, and are aware of the strategies and potential partnerships available to them, they are more likely to succeed in advancing the social good.