Aspen Institute Develops Framework for America's Future

Signatories call for more investment in infrastructure, research, science, and training.

THE ASPEN INSTITUTE and a wide array of business leaders have sounded a call for action to improve the long-term financial health of the U.S. The 30 signatories are asking for reinvestment in better infrastructure, research and development, basic science, and worker training—as well as a smarter tax policy to pay for these needs. The business leaders all are participants in the Aspen Institute’s American Prosperity Project, a nonpartisan framework for policy action.

Among the signatories are Sally Blount, dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; and Eli Broad, founder and former CEO of SunAmerica and namesake of the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Other participants include leaders from companies such as AON, Pfizer, WPP, Royal Dutch Shell, General Dynamics, Levi Strauss & Co., McKinsey, and Unilever.

Members of the coalition believe that leaders from the private and public sectors must join together for the health of the nation. According to Judith Samuelson, executive director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, “This is what the signatories have in common: First, they have an abiding faith in both democracy and the system of capitalism that has brought us great wealth as a nation, and second, they have a bias toward action. Accepting the status quo is a recipe for failure.”

Learn more about the Aspen Institute's American Prosperity Project.

This article appeared in print in the March/April 2017 issue.