Kauffman Thoughtbook 2015

The 2015 Kauffman Thoughtbook captures thoughts, ideas and discoveries made by Foundation leaders, partners and other experts about how education and entrepreneurship are driving growth and progress in the economy and our increasingly global society. How the Foundation is working in its hometown of Kansas City also is featured content in the book.

Sixth in an ongoing series, the 2015 Kauffman Thoughtbook is entirely digital for the first time, showcasing dynamic multimedia content to engage readers and make its material accessible to more fans of education, entrepreneurship and local Kansas City issues. Its collection of essays, interviews, photos and videos share Foundation ideas, programs, initiatives and partnerships that have grown around the principles and mission of the organization's founder, Ewing Kauffman.

Authors include:

  • Brad Feld, author of Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City and co-founder of Techstars
  • Jeff Chapman, director of economic development, state fiscal health and economic growth for The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Katherine K. Merseth, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Elizabeth Kautz, Mayor of the City of Burnsville, Minn., and former president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors

Sample topics include:

  • Strategies for closing education gaps and how cities can foster innovative ecosystems
  • Innovative strategies for developing teacher quality to help students make the grade
  • First-hand accounts of life at a charter school from students attending the Ewing Marion Kauffman School
  • Insights on building entrepreneurship ecosystems from on-the-ground community leaders and entrepreneurship experts
  • Insights on how research can inform policymakers who want to support entrepreneurs and their economies, especially at the city and state levels

The 2015 Thoughtbook is free and available in several digital formats.

  • An online version, which works with desktop computers as well as tablets and mobile phones, includes embedded videos and other interactive elements. To read this version, go to: www.kauffman.org/thoughtbook2015.


  • If you prefer to read the content as a book on your tablet, there are two choices:
    • An ePub format version, available on Apple iTunes, works on iPads. Download here >
    • A Kindle format version works with your Amazon Kindle device. Download here >