Advancing America’s Future
in a Networked World

Markle Economic Future Initiative

REWORK AMERICA is an extraordinary partnership driving innovations to advance learning and work opportunities for all Americans. In a collective point of view, participants share their vision of a hopeful future for the nation.

Message from our Co-chairs

Zoë Baird and Howard Schultz

"The America we want our children to inherit—a country that is strong and inspires opportunity for all—is at risk. There is nothing more important than finding ways to advance Americans at all income levels to successfully transition to the economy of the future."
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Statement from Markle CEO and President Zoë Baird on U.S. Secretary of Defense Nominee Dr. Ashton Carter

"Dr. Carter has a long association with Markle and is a highly valued senior executive of the foundation, and member of our current initiative, Rework America."
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Markle Economic Future Initiative

REWORK AMERICA: Empowering Americans to Flourish in a Global Networked Economy

Globalization and technology are changing our way of life more than anyone could have imagined. While enriching us in many ways, these forces also have eliminated secure jobs and eroded economic security for millions. Now, we face an urgent national challenge: finding new strategies that help all Americans flourish in today’s economy.

Zoë Baird and John Palfrey

John Palfrey and Zoë Baird discuss the unprecedented role that young people are able to play in their own education today.

Michael Leavitt

Founder and Chairman Leavitt Partners
Fmr. Governor, Utah / Fmr. Administrator, EPA / Fmr. Secretary, HHS
One of the things about a global market is that it's changing not just in its breadth but in its speed.

Michèle A. Flournoy

CEO, Center for a New American Security
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
There's tremendous resilience, industriousness, and innovation in the American character.

“ What Americans have always been good at is innovation, seizing a challenge and making it work for us, and not being daunted by it. ”

‐ Madeleine Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group
   Former U.S. Secretary of State

“ We have to find a way in which we enable a rethinking of human capital development so that we can find a way in which people are not left out of access to opportunity. ”

‐ Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University

“ The traditional ways to create jobs, which require heavy, expensive infrastructure, can be circumvented through a new type of work—digital work. ”

‐ Leila Janah, Founder and CEO, Samasource

“ Markle Connecting for Health has consistently worked to make sure that electronic health records and personal health records advance in the public interest. ”

‐ Alison Rein, Senior Director, AcademyHealth

“ The Markle Task Force has highlighted technologies that will improve information sharing and enhance security, while facilitating greater accountability and higher levels of privacy protections. ”

‐ Jeff Jonas, IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist, IBM Entity Analytics Group

“ What big gear could we find that we could grab and move one way or another and make all the little ones spin? ”

‐ Michael Leavitt, Chairman, Leavitt Partners
   Former Governor, State of Utah

Other Areas of Work

Health in a Connected World

Anticipating the digital transformation of health care, Markle Connecting for Health identified how information technology can improve the quality of health care, and released the Markle Common Framework—a set of best practices for securely sharing personal health information while preserving privacy. These recommendations shaped policy across the country, including landmark provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Markle’s Work Group on Consumer Engagement conceptualized the Blue Button, which would enable Americans to easily download and transmit their personal health information. The Blue Button is now used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and major insurers and pharmacies nationwide.

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National Security

Markle identified global terrorism as a national security threat long before 9/11, but the events of that terrible day prompted us to create a bipartisan Task Force to develop the policy and technology plan for protecting America against the threats of the modern era while protecting traditional civil liberties.  The Markle Task Force comprised national security experts, information technology executives, and privacy and civil liberties advocates who created a collaborative environment for information sharing. The Task Force’s recommendations are highly regarded and formed the basis for intelligence reform and information sharing in the 9/11 Commission Report, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act 2004, and the Protect America Act of 2007, and a wide range of actions at the federal, state and local level as well as in the private sector.

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Featured Resources


Aspen Ideas Festival
ASU+GSV Summit 2015
April 7, 2015

Rework America members Michael Crow and Howard Schultz provided the Summit keynote with a discussion on the expanded Starbucks College Achievement Plan. Zoë Baird, CEO and President of the Markle Foundation, provided attendees with an introduction to the collaboration that was inspired by Rework America.

Techonomy 2014
November 11, 2014

At Techonomy 2014, Markle’s Visiting Managing Director Philip Zelikow and a panel of experts took a peek into the future during “Man, Machines, and How the Future Works.”

Clinton Global Initiative 2014 Annual Meeting
September 21-24, 2014

President Bill Clinton announced REWORK AMERICA, the Markle Economic Future Initiative's commitment to expand opportunities for all Americans in a networked world.

What We’re Reading

Damon Linker, The Week - April 24, 2015

"The World Beyond Your Head" begins with a haunting evocation of how we are increasingly barraged by technologically facilitated sensory stimulation.

Dow Jones Business News, Nasdaq - April 23, 2015

Chevron Phillips is among dozens of companies spending millions of dollars to train a local labor force.

Vivek Wadhwa, The Washington Post - April 23, 2015

Within seven years the smartphones in our pockets will be as computationally intelligent as we are.

Joshua Bleiberg and Darrell M. West, The Brookings Institution - April 22, 2015

The breadth and depth of Big Data could lead to negative outcomes for consumers.

Eduardo Porter, The New York Times - April 21, 2015

If the job market cannot keep hardworking people out of poverty and spread prosperity more broadly, how will it be done?

Matt O'Brien, The Washington Post - April 20, 2015

A growing economy hasn't really translated into growing incomes for median households the last 15 years.

Hollie Russon Gilman, The Brookings Institution - April 20, 2015

One aspect of civic tech includes the use of technology by governments to deepen the democratic relationship between citizens and their state.