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A Big Idea for 2012: Two-Generation Approaches


Welcome to the new Ascend website, a virtual hub for leaders working on solutions and innovations to move families toward economic mobility.  Ascend at the Aspen Institute is based on a simple but powerful idea: two-generation approaches, which focus on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of parents and children together, hold great promise and…

Ideas Into Action: The 2012 Assets Learning Conference


Tweet to @alevere Grounded in core values like boldness, creativity and determination, Ascend is founded on the belief that a country in which millions of families are living in poverty is neither equitable nor sustainable. Recognizing the power of collaboration as a vehicle for putting promising ideas into meaningful action, the Ascend Fellowship convenes a…

Social Capital and the American Dream


Tweet to @miabirdsong The Hilaire family secured a $5,000 loan through FII to open A Sweet Place candy store in Boston. This supplemented the social and financial investment of their family and friends.   This country has a rich history of people—connected by history, culture, or common values—working together to improve their lives and the…