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America's moment : creating opportunity in the connected age
Rework America, author.
First edition.
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New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]

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xvi, 352 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Preface / by Zoë Baird -- To bend history -- Fresh chances in a networked world -- Connect to a world of buyers -- Invest in main street America -- Share the knowledge, innovate the jobs -- Better made, in America -- Match Americans to opportunities -- Prepare for the life you want -- Drift or mastery?
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HC106.84 .A54 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Amid the biggest economic transformation in a century, the challenge of our time is to make sure 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.

So many Americans are uncertain about the future. How can there be so many paths to opportunity with so few people traveling them? As a nation, we have to understand what is required to help Americans succeed now, and how to prepare our country for what comes next.

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 twenty 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.

Rework America is a group of American leaders who know from experience the challenges we face--and the potential solutions. In America's Moment they suggest a practical agenda for an exciting future. It is illustrated by people who are already showing the way and includes actions Americans can take today in their own communities: preparing people to succeed, using the reach of the Internet and data to innovate jobs and to reach new markets all over the world, using technology to match employers and workers, and transitioning to a "no-collar" working world-- neither blue collar nor white collar.

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.

Author Notes

Rework America is a group of over fifty leaders from across American life. Led by the Markle Foundation and supported by a formidable group of experts, the group spent over a year developing and discussing the ideas in America's Moment. With various partners, Rework America is also encouraging, organizing, and sponsoring concrete innovations around the country to illustrate how the possible can be brought to life.

Zoë Baird is CEO and President of the Markle Foundation, spearheading "Rework America: the Markle Economic Future Initiative." A former executive at General Electric and Aetna, she has also served as a trusted senior advisor to public sector leaders.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

What will it take to put the American Dream-the national ethos that provides opportunities for prosperity achieved through hard work-within reach for everyone? This question is tackled by Rework America, a consortium of more than 50 CEOs, technologists, educators, community leaders, government officials, and management experts from around the country. Collaborating under the auspices of the Merkle Foundation, a tax-exempt charitable organization focused on technology, health care, and national security, they developed a blueprint to "secure our economic future" in a world undergoing the largest economic transformation since the Industrial Revolution. In nine chapters, the authors outline strategies for Americans to create new work opportunities and additional pathways to valued careers. These include ways for leaders to take greater advantage of an increasingly networked world finding ways for for-profit companies to partner with nonprofits and local public institutions to share labor costs, and desegregating "academic" and "career and technical" education. Heavy with bullet points and case studies, the book reads like a series of lengthy magazine articles targeting business, education, and government leaders who possess the ability to foster large-scale change and will be most useful for readers in similar professional roles. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Zoë Baird
Prefacep. xi
Chapter 1 To Bend Historyp. 1
Chapter 2 Fresh Chances in a Networked Worldp. 21
More Opportunities for Good Work
Chapter 3 Connect to a World of Buyersp. 62
Chapter 4 Invest in Main Street Americap. 84
Chapter 5 Share the Knowledge, Innovate the Jobsp. 113
Chapter 6 Better Made, in Americap. 143
More Valued Career Paths
Chapter 7 Match Americans to Opportunitiesp. 190
Chapter 8 Prepare for the Life You Wantp. 224
Chapter 9 Drift or Masteryp. 253
Acknowledgmentsp. 277
Notesp. 281
Indexp. 333