Zoë Baird and John E. Deasy
Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District
In today’s networked economy, we need to unleash opportunities for Americans to learn and train in innovative ways and seize the growth potential of world markets and shared data. How might we shape new models of learning and work? Markle Initiative members share their vision of a new and hopeful future for America.
"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."
“ 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
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.
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.
At Techonomy Detroit, Markle joins other leaders and thinkers from business, technology, and government to share views on how to move the U.S. and the world into an urbanized, technologized, inclusive future. The conversations focus on how technology can boost U.S. economic growth, job creation and urban revival.
Tectonic shifts in globalization and technology are transforming the nature of work long considered the bedrock of economic stability in the United States. At the Aspen Ideas Festival. Markle introduces key game changers to better prepare Americans for today's global networked world.
It is hard to blame computerization for jobs that disappeared over the last decade.
This year more than 750 million educational apps will be installed world-wide
The health of American small businesses depends significantly on credit.
The “Skills Gap” rest with employers, not workers, says a new working paper from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
The process of teaching and learning is an intimate act that neither computers nor markets can hope to replicate.
“Opportunity cities” offer urbanity as an engine of upward mobility for the middle and working classes.
Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Sweden topped this year's Global Innovation Index. The U.S. comes in at number six.