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  • Resources | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    This march toward inequality cannot continue If the American people believe that hard work is no longer rewarded and that opportunities no longer exist and if they believe that their leaders lack the courage and creativity to champion innovative solutions and make hard choices America could fall into a deeper deficit of dignity and economic hardship losing the spirit that defines us What We Can Do The challenges are great but some solutions are hiding in plain sight As always the American people are our most precious asset We are famously resilient and resourceful embracing diversity and applauding innovation Indeed many technologies that ushered in this digital age and are triggering such dramatic change can also help refuel our country s emotional and economic engines To harness the power of people and technology the Markle Initiative will collaborate with committed individuals from diverse sectors and political perspectives but who share a singular belief that courageous connected responsive leadership and collective action can stimulate the revitalization of the middle class and the American Dream The Initiative aims to help our country better understand the challenges see the opportunities and recommend a path toward solutions starting in three areas Leadership Stronger leadership must emerge in these transformational times specifically in our communities in our businesses and in our government Targeting and reaching out to people in the public and private sectors the Initiative will promote leadership tenets such as truth and transparency courage to make tough choices a spirit of innovation and collaboration all in the name of advancing the middle class People We never underestimate the strength and ingenuity of the American people When institutions break down we find paths around them In a connected world these paths are ever more available to us We will seek to help people understand what they might do to participate in the economy ahead how to use traditional and digital social networking tools to act collectively and individually on their own behalves and how doing so may ultimately transform our institutions and leadership all in the name of equality and middle class renewal Technology Access to big data tremendous amounts of information and rapidly emerging means of analyzing and deploying it and global markets may reshape our economy and culture as much or more than has the Internet as a platform Social media is redefining how people create communities and conduct business We will seek to understand this and identify how the middle class might grow by sharing in the economic benefits created by this transformation As leaders of the Initiative and proud Americans we refuse to be bystanders watching as the American Dream and our middle class dwindle The power of the middle class is too central to our country and too unique By advancing leadership engaging people and effectively employing technology in a connected world we seek to prompt action and public policy that will restore them both Zoë Baird co chair President Markle Foundation Howard Schultz co chair chairman president and

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  • Rework America | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    today A Message from Rework America For millions the American Dream which we hold dear seems out of reach The America we want our children to inherit a country that is strong and inspires opportunity for all is at risk To tackle this pressing social need a broad collaboration of entrepreneurs educators technology leaders CEOs diplomats community activists religious leaders and others have come together through Rework America A Markle Initiative As a group we have launched Rework America to help drive innovations that expand opportunities for employment and broaden ways for all Americans to learn and train for the work of the future Together we are advancing transformative strategies and scalable solutions to reinvigorate the American Dream Ideas must be paired with powerful actions to accelerate innovations that return opportunity to Americans We strongly believe in the promise of the American Dream the possibility of innovation to overcome and redefine new challenges and the importance of strong communities This Initiative will build on our respective organizations proven track records of tackling tough challenges and achieving ambitious goals at scale and be enabled by the deep and diverse expertise brought together in this committed group We invite you to learn more about this exciting initiative and stay informed on our progress These are challenging times but most importantly they hold tremendous promise Opportunity for All Personal Development Strategies Expand new ways for workers to develop their talent and skills needed for the work of the future Connect to Opportunity We can match Americans to available jobs by connecting workers employers and training providers Recognizing Skills We can develop a recognized credentialing system to assess and demonstrate a worker s skills Lifelong Learning We can expand ways to help Americans develop the talent and skills they will need throughout their lives Business Development Strategies Emphasize new ways to grow businesses and create work to support shared prosperity World of Customers We can connect small and medium size businesses to the world s consumers and increase exports especially of services to meet the growing needs of billions of new global customers Smart Credit We can reimagine small business investment and reduce barriers to business growth by expanding access to smarter capital and credit through new lending models Innovate the Jobs We can innovate workflows and jobs so that new tools create more opportunities for middle skill work Our Impact America s Moment America s Moment is about the future It describes how the same forces of change technology and a networked world can become tools that can open opportunity to everyone America s Moment America s Moment is about the future It describes how the same forces of change technology and a networked world can become tools that can open opportunity to everyone Rework America Connected A cutting edge partnership will help middle skill job seekers gain access to meaningful career opportunities and provide local employers with a more qualified workforce Rework America Connected A cutting edge partnership will help middle skill

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  • Rework America | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    today A Message from Rework America For millions the American Dream which we hold dear seems out of reach The America we want our children to inherit a country that is strong and inspires opportunity for all is at risk To tackle this pressing social need a broad collaboration of entrepreneurs educators technology leaders CEOs diplomats community activists religious leaders and others have come together through Rework America A Markle Initiative As a group we have launched Rework America to help drive innovations that expand opportunities for employment and broaden ways for all Americans to learn and train for the work of the future Together we are advancing transformative strategies and scalable solutions to reinvigorate the American Dream Ideas must be paired with powerful actions to accelerate innovations that return opportunity to Americans We strongly believe in the promise of the American Dream the possibility of innovation to overcome and redefine new challenges and the importance of strong communities This Initiative will build on our respective organizations proven track records of tackling tough challenges and achieving ambitious goals at scale and be enabled by the deep and diverse expertise brought together in this committed group We invite you to learn more about this exciting initiative and stay informed on our progress These are challenging times but most importantly they hold tremendous promise Opportunity for All Personal Development Strategies Expand new ways for workers to develop their talent and skills needed for the work of the future Connect to Opportunity We can match Americans to available jobs by connecting workers employers and training providers Recognizing Skills We can develop a recognized credentialing system to assess and demonstrate a worker s skills Lifelong Learning We can expand ways to help Americans develop the talent and skills they will need throughout their lives Business Development Strategies Emphasize new ways to grow businesses and create work to support shared prosperity World of Customers We can connect small and medium size businesses to the world s consumers and increase exports especially of services to meet the growing needs of billions of new global customers Smart Credit We can reimagine small business investment and reduce barriers to business growth by expanding access to smarter capital and credit through new lending models Innovate the Jobs We can innovate workflows and jobs so that new tools create more opportunities for middle skill work Our Impact America s Moment America s Moment is about the future It describes how the same forces of change technology and a networked world can become tools that can open opportunity to everyone America s Moment America s Moment is about the future It describes how the same forces of change technology and a networked world can become tools that can open opportunity to everyone Rework America Connected A cutting edge partnership will help middle skill job seekers gain access to meaningful career opportunities and provide local employers with a more qualified workforce Rework America Connected A cutting edge partnership will help middle skill

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  • America's Moment | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    that all Americans benefit from the wave of digital revolutions around the world that have permeated and upended modern life Yet today s economic arguments seem stuck We need a new vision of a hopeful future and a new action agenda We have been here before A hundred years ago America experienced the greatest economic transformation and technological revolution in its history The transformation of the past 20 years as the world has moved through the information era into the digital age has turned our life and work upside down once again It is a time of tremendous change but also of tremendous possibility Set against the history of how Americans succeeded once before in remaking their country America s Moment is about the future It describes how the same forces of change technology and a networked world can become tools that can open opportunity to everyone Download Preface and Chapter 1 Reviews What People Are Saying Zoë Baird and Howard Schultz were co leaders of the Rework America taskforce and in collaboration with 54 others produced a collective response to two questions What is your American Dream And what are you going to do to make the American Dream possible for everyone Written by a collection of academics tech executives elected officials and consultants convened by the Markle Foundation The book promises transformative solutions to the thorny problems that the United States faces today it is easily digestible relentlessly nonpartisan and straightforward America s Moment Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age put together by a group of fifty current leaders from across American life points out well some of the tools and navigators that can help all of us learn how to learn in this rapidly changing world of new opportunities The new economy is not only generating new opportunities It is providing people with the tools that they need to cope with disruption America s Moment provides as useful a guide as any available to turning drift into mastery once again The Rework America team addresses the question of opportunities created versus opportunities lost in a more systematic way than we have been able to do and argues that a despairing closed horizons mood is exactly the wrong response to the next stage of economic creation America s Moment is not just remarkable for its thoroughness in addressing the questions the country faces but also for its intellectual diversity Taken together this wise book is a roadmap for restoring the American Dream It brings a clear eyed view of the challenges we face and offers a powerful dose of hope for our future In this rich compendium of information on new tools to rework America to rebuild the American dream business technology and other experts convened by Markle explain that the same modern forces that have erased so many American jobs can become the basis for a vast expansion of work opportunities America s Moment sets out to demonstrate how the rise of advanced communication technologies has fundamentally

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  • Rework America Overview | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    America Library Health Page Sections About Health Our Impact Steering Group Consumer Work Group HIE Committee Quick Links Blue Button Common Framework Health IT Health Library National Security Page Sections About National Security Post 9 11 Legacy Our Impact Task Force Quick Links National Security Library Reports and Recommendations Sharing and Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos About Markle Page Sections About Markle A Message from Zoë Baird Our Principles Our Impact Board of Directors Senior Team Our History Quick Links Conference Space Events Markle in the News Media Releases Past Initiatives President s Letters Rework America Page Sections About Rework America A Message from Rework America Opportunity for All Our Impact Initiative Members Expert Advisors Quick Links Rework America Connected Our Book America s Moment Initiative Overview Latest News Letters to Members Member Commentary Personal Stories Rework America Library Health Page Sections About Health Our Impact Steering Group Consumer Work Group HIE Committee Quick Links Blue Button Common Framework Health IT Health Library National Security Page Sections About National Security Post 9 11 Legacy Our Impact Task Force Quick Links National Security Library Reports and Recommendations Sharing and Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos Rework America Overview Publication Date Wednesday April 15 2015 Publication Source Markle Foundation It is time for a new conversation about America s economic future It is time for bold actions that create paths for participation by all Americans America is in the midst of the greatest economic transformation in a hundred years Changes brought about by technology and the networked world are creating tremendous uncertainty and disrupting the dreams of millions The defining challenge

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  • Rework America Connected in the News | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Videos About Markle Page Sections About Markle A Message from Zoë Baird Our Principles Our Impact Board of Directors Senior Team Our History Quick Links Conference Space Events Markle in the News Media Releases Past Initiatives President s Letters Rework America Page Sections About Rework America A Message from Rework America Opportunity for All Our Impact Initiative Members Expert Advisors Quick Links Rework America Connected Our Book America s Moment Initiative Overview Latest News Letters to Members Member Commentary Personal Stories Rework America Library Health Page Sections About Health Our Impact Steering Group Consumer Work Group HIE Committee Quick Links Blue Button Common Framework Health IT Health Library National Security Page Sections About National Security Post 9 11 Legacy Our Impact Task Force Quick Links National Security Library Reports and Recommendations Sharing and Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos Rework America Connected in the News Rework America Connected launched in the state of Colorado on June 23 and the city of Phoenix on June 24 2015 Going Against the Flow Allen Blue Cofounder of LinkedIn Publication Huffington Post Author Charu Sharma Published December 8 2015 Recently I have especially been working on a specific publication Rework America Connected that will bring together educators and employers to close the skills gap and create high paying jobs for professionals A LinkedIn For the Middle Skills Market Publication SiliconBeat Author Michelle Quinn Published November 13 2015 What if the job market really ran like a market That s the idea behind Rework America Connected a project by Markle to help the roughly 70 percent of Americans who don t have college degrees get the training they need How My Students and I Built a Classroom of Scientific Inquiry and Social Justice and How It Changed My Life Publication The Huffington Post Author Mike Meaney Published November 3 2015 I now manage a project funded by the Markle Foundation that seeks to connect job seekers to a real time education and labor market Another Push to Help Workers With an Online Twist Publication Inside Philanthropy Author Kiersten Marek Published July 30 2015 Here s another example of philanthropy taking on the jobs challenge announced recently in Phoenix Arizona A Skills Based Digital Labor Market for Middle Skill Jobseekers Video Publication LinkedIn Pulse Author Zoë Baird Published June 30 2015 The challenge before us is how to make sure everyone has the opportunity to succeed in a rapidly changing 21st century economy Online Network to Help Middle Class Find Jobs in Phoenix Publication The Arizona Republic Author Kaila White Published June 29 2015 Rework America Connected is building the platform in partnership with LinkedIn Arizona State University and edX Rework America Connected Launches in Phoenix Audio Publication KFYI 550AM Phoenix Author Kathy Cline Published June 29 2015 Phoenix is trying a high tech way to help employers and tech savvy workers find each other It s called Rework America Colorado

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  • Letter on the Markle Economic Future Initiative | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Page Sections About Markle A Message from Zoë Baird Our Principles Our Impact Board of Directors Senior Team Our History Quick Links Conference Space Events Markle in the News Media Releases Past Initiatives President s Letters Rework America Page Sections About Rework America A Message from Rework America Opportunity for All Our Impact Initiative Members Expert Advisors Quick Links Rework America Connected Our Book America s Moment Initiative Overview Latest News Letters to Members Member Commentary Personal Stories Rework America Library Health Page Sections About Health Our Impact Steering Group Consumer Work Group HIE Committee Quick Links Blue Button Common Framework Health IT Health Library National Security Page Sections About National Security Post 9 11 Legacy Our Impact Task Force Quick Links National Security Library Reports and Recommendations Sharing and Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos Letter on the Markle Economic Future Initiative President s Letter Publication Date Thursday June 20 2013 Publication Source Markle Foundation and Starbucks Dear Friend We are writing to tell you about an ambitious new initiative we are undertaking For millions of people the American Dream which we hold so dear seems out of reach a part of America s storied past The America we want our children to inherit a country that is strong and inspires opportunity for all is at risk We have concluded that there is nothing more important than committing ourselves to finding ways to advance Americans at all income levels to successfully transition to the economy of the future Today we are honored to share with you the goals of a remarkable and diverse group of fellow Americans who are coming together as members of a new non partisan collaborative the Markle Initiative for America s Economic Future in a Networked World Joining us in this collaboration are civic leaders business leaders technology innovators and academics of varying viewpoints their names are listed here We share an understanding that the forces of globalization and technology for all the progress they have brought have simultaneously disrupted opportunities that have sustained America s middle class for decades And we believe that failures in policy choices and in leadership have left the country without a vision for what our success can look like The goals of this initiative are to envision and ultimately be a catalyst for an America with broad participation in the global digital economy and to seek scalable solutions to reinvigorate the American Dream imagining new strategies for jobs and economic security that can help propel our country into a future where the next generation will once again be better off than the last As two people who strongly believe in the promise of the American Dream the possibility of innovation to overcome and redefine new challenges and the importance of strong communities we are excited to announce this new initiative It will build on our respective organizations proven track records of tackling tough challenges

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  • Commentary from Rework America Members | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    shared a key ingredient an optimistic vision for our country s future Our nation s most respected presidents have been those who offered hope to millions of Americans at times when they had little to none From FDR whose New Deal vision brought Americans out of the Great Depression and into a new age of vitality to Ronald Reagan whose Morning in America propelled the country forward following a decade of economic stagnation candidates can raise the national conversation to what is possible and the heights we can reach as a people We now face the greatest time of change in our economic life since the Industrial Revolution Across the country Americans are discouraged by stagnant incomes and uncertainty about their future as the forces of globalization and technology continue to pummel everything familiar to them Driving America forward especially during times of economic change is never an easy job but our best leaders have always leveraged our enormous assets as a country with the power of optimism and hope to lay out a path for a better future Today we need that more than we have in decades Read More Improving Opportunities for California Workers By California Lt Governor Gavin Newsom and Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin The San Diego Union Tribune October 28 2015 It seems nearly every day a new technological wonder changes the way Americans live learn and work From breakthrough apps to digital networks to automated vehicles California is consistently a strong engine that pushes our country forward Yet too many in our state and elsewhere in the country feel that opportunity is increasingly out of grasp So often we hear of six figure starting salaries and multibillion dollar IPOs in Silicon Valley but the stories are very different in places like Fresno Bakersfield Stockton and plenty of other American cities where the middle class is rapidly shrinking As digital technology thrusts our nation into its greatest economic transformation in over a century we must work together to ensure everyone benefits It s time for all leaders to work through the fog of partisanship and commit to an action agenda to create opportunity for all Americans This is the new imperative The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century forced America to transform the way it trained workers as they moved from field to factory Now the digital revolution of the 21st century and our shift from an economy of bricks and mortar to one driven by software requires a different approach We have to rethink how we educate our workforce train workers to have skills they need for the digital age and better connect employers with job seekers Read More Viewpoint How Do We Fix America s Skills Gap By Dorothy Stoneman Boston Business Journal October 23 2015 It s no secret a skills mismatch is holding back American businesses and jobseekers Millions in this country remain out of work or underemployed yet more than 5 million jobs remain unfilled in the U S Some 45 percent of employers say a lack of skills is the leading reason for entry level vacancies according to a recent McKinsey survey Meanwhile there are nearly 6 million young men and women ages 16 to 24 who are currently unemployed and out of school who have the potential to fill these jobs This demographic is lately called opportunity youth because they are both seeking opportunity as well as offering an opportunity to society if we invest in them Read More Viewpoint Expanding opportunity for Coloradans by redefining 21st century jobs By Zoë Baird and Governor John Hickenlooper Denver Business Journal October 15 2015 Colorado will soon introduce Rework America Connected an online jobs platform that combines skills training with a digital labor market Colorado is on the road to recovery from an historic recession and no where is that more evident than in its technology healthcare and skill trades sectors In fact this week s second Annual Talent Pipeline Report highlights these industries as some of the fastest growing in Colorado offering the most prospects for those looking for meaningful work Openings for physician assistants mechanics and electricians and computer support specialists many that require a specific skill set but not necessarily a college diploma are presenting new opportunities to workers across the state Read More Match Americans to Opportunities By Zoë Baird Medium October 13 2015 If it was functioning well the American labor market would do a reasonably good job of matching Americans to opportunities Employers would be able to signal what skills they need Job applicants would be able to signal clearly what they can do Educators and trainers would respond quickly to gaps But the American labor market does not work nearly as well as it should Credentials are out of date and often not very meaningful to employers Job applicants have trouble knowing what skills are desired and finding flexible ways to learn them Educators and trainers are out of sync with a fast changing economy Read More Labor looks different in the 21st century so should job training By Leila Janah Quartz September 7 2015 My parents came to this country in 1978 Like so many first generation children of Indian immigrants I learned to believe in a dream that is as much American as it is universal a dream of equal opportunity for all based on merit of power concentrated not in the hands of a few at the top but fanning across a large educated and civically engaged middle class The reality though is that Americans have an increasingly difficult time rising from the bottom of the economic playing field Part of the reason is because of the severe poverty that exists in the US people have a harder time rising to the top because they start further behind What s worse is that people born into poverty tend to stay there Read More My Questions for the Presidential Primary Debate By Zoë Baird LinkedIn Pulse August 4 2015 On Thursday the

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