Our headquarters is on Monument Circle in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. We have developed profitable client service and operations models for local enterprises in industries such as the life sciences, human resources and benefits, philanthropy, advertising, and legal services.
Civic Envisioning - Vancouver, Canada
Our research into urban gardening models brought us to Vancouver. A current initiative with civic leaders in Indianapolis and a software design firm in San Francisco has sprouted the “Indy Civic Hack” competition in which developers are building a mobile app that will make it easy for residents to find healthy food options across the city.
Ideation and Service Design - Carmel, Indiana
Our team teaches Design Thinking to professionals and graduate students. We also apply its approaches on client assignments. In this ideation session, Aspen Impact intern Stefan listens as software designer David and visual artist Bernie imagine a prototype for a new service.
Global Exchanges - Cologne, Germany
We build global relationships through Sister Cities International. During a project in Germany, we caught a match at Cologne's RheinEnergieStadion, home to the FC Köln football team. We also assist in the creation of exchange programs between Zhejiang Province and Indiana.
Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy - Ajmer, India
Nonprofits can build awareness anywhere. This masala tea appeared on a train we took from Ajmer to Delhi. One of our pro bono activities is to recommend financial sustainability models to the founders of a social enterprise that makes hygienic products for cities in India.
Strategy and Program Design for People with Disabilities - Indianapolis, Indiana
Raised-relief art makes it easier for people with visual impairments, including blindness, to appreciate illustrations. Here Anna closes her eyes before donning glasses that simulate an impairment. Her hands trace an image. We do strategy and program design projects for groups that serve people with health limitations.
In this Design Thinking activity, project member Michael uses a bull's eye diagram to prioritize among the ideas our team generated for a business.
Design for Outdoor Experiences - Thousand Oaks, California
Several of our projects connect people with nature. Together with philanthropic foundations, we plan amenities for outdoor exercise and develop programs to help residents learn about nutrition and nature. One project enabled a client to generate funds for the expansion of a greenway that now spans sixty miles.
Business Operations and Strategy - Guangzhou, China
We have designed and run projects and courses for businesses worldwide in areas such as strategy, marketing, and design thinking. Our team has generated revenue and efficiency gains of several million dollars for clients in professional services, life sciences, media and entertainment, retail, and other industries.
Sustainable Performing Arts - Indianapolis, Indiana
We advise performing arts groups on how to attract community members to the arts and build resources for operations. Our team also volunteers with logistics at plays and musical performances. A recent project enabled a client to strengthen its board leadership, expand music education across several communities, and obtain new space and instruments for music classes and rehearsals.
Urban Development - Detroit, Michigan
Community planning is often about revitalizing decaying neighborhoods. We conduct studies on behalf of philanthropic foundations, community development corporations, government offices, and other entities to design vibrant spaces that excite and engage residents.
Envisioning Sports - Zurich, Switzerland
In Switzerland, a site for one of our sports planning projects, this streetcar provided a smooth morning ride along Lake Zurich. In past years, our team members planned event logistics for the FIFA World Cup and assisted with media relations for a Major League Soccer team.
Education and Entrepreneurship - Hong Kong, China
Members of our core and advisory team travel in Asia to run projects and teach skills in strategy and management. This photo is from Aspen Impact’s first client project, which was in Hong Kong in 2003. We have since done projects and field research in East Asian cities such as Beijing, Dongguan, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo.
Experience Design and Placemaking - Vancouver, Canada
Advisory team member Wei teaches economics at the University of British Columbia. Vancouver has been a "learning lab" for our team to study customer experience designs and placemaking through events such as the Winter Olympic Games.
Entrepreneurial Models - Hangzhou, China
We give talks on business strategy, visual communications, marketing, board development, and other topics that are integral to our work. Here, Bryan speaks to two hundred entrepreneurs and bankers at the US-China Economic Forum in Zhejiang Province.
Rebranding in the Arts - Indianapolis, Indiana
These items are the products of youth and adults who have special needs. Our team led a branding project that generated a new name and logo for a nonprofit organization that was long known as VSA Arts. Today, that client is known as ArtMix.
Social Innovation - Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto, Canada
In Montreal, we explored this colorful farmers market. We examine and propose ways to create sustainable models for businesses and nonprofits that promote innovation and healthy living. We have taught courses on social entrepreneurship that integrate lessons from our visits to the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto and Impact Hub spaces in Ottawa.
City Leadership - Indianapolis, Indiana
Intern Stefan meets then-Mayor Greg Ballard at Indianapolis's Riverside Park. We have done economic development, education, operations management, organizational communications, and training projects for several Mayor’s Offices.
Designing with Community Assets - Istanbul, Turkey
On a trip to Istanbul, we boarded this colorful ride across Galata Köprüsü near the Bosphorus Strait. We lead sessions to help clients envision how to make the most of their proximity to urban transit.
Youth Program Design - Martinsville, Indiana
Team members Brittany, Anna, Bryan, and Lauren joined social workers Liz and Kate to create a summer program for youth in foster care. Our projects have helped clients develop services for thousands of youth in areas such as education, domestic violence intervention, family strengthening, arts, and civic engagement.
Asset Mapping and Marketing - Indianapolis, Indiana
Where should one focus a marketing campaign? We mapped community assets by a client's headquarters to gauge the reach for a proposed marketing strategy, which in turn prepared the client to launch two new sites and expand its geographic reach across the city.
At institutions of higher education such as Harvard University, our team has advised officials on student and alumni relations, the design of entrepreneurial centers, and ways to elevate national and global reputations. Bryan co-chaired a digital and blended learning initiative that enables Harvard graduates to take courses online and in-person. He also helps national governments strategize about higher education for college-aged and adult learners.