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    Advancing innovative strategies to reinvigorate the American Dream

Rework America
The Markle Economic Future Initiative

What can we do to make opportunity available for everyone?

  • America is in the midst of the greatest economic transformation in over a hundred years and the defining challenge is how to ensure that all Americans can achieve their dreams in this new economy.

    In the midst of this upheaval, one thing that hasn’t changed is the fundamental belief that has driven this country since its inception: That the American Dream should be within reach for all. We must seize this moment in our nation’s history and make it work for all.

    Rework America leverages the very forces responsible for these changes—technology and a networked world—and turns them into the tools we need for everyone to prosper again.

  • Our purpose is to inspire and enable leaders from across the nation to create new paths for good and meaningful work in the connected age.

    With what we already know and armed with new technologies, we can restore the promise of the American Dream. In fact, many tools are already at our disposal. We are more connected, and more networked, than ever before. But the only way we can translate that into real success tomorrow is by starting to Rework America 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 the Markle Economic Future 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.

What can we do to grow opportunities for everyone?

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.

Initiative Members

First convened in 2013, Rework America brings together a remarkable and diverse group of leaders committed to advancing strategies that help Americans succeed in today’s rapidly changing world. The broad collaboration includes entrepreneurs, technology leaders, CEOs, educators, community and religious leaders, and other partners.

Calvin O. Butts, III

  • Pastor, The Abyssinian Baptist Church
  • President, State University of New York College at Old Westbury

Michael Spence

  • William R. Berkley Professor in Economics & Business, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University
  • Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, 2001


Whit Ayres

  • Founder and President, North Star Opinion Research

Jeff Jonas

  • Chief Scientist, IBM Entity Analytics Group
  • IBM Distinguished Engineer

Vivek Kundra

  • Executive Vice President, Industries,
  • Former CIO of the United States

Amy Liu

  • Senior Fellow, Co-Director, and Co-Founder, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Emily Parker

  • Digital Diplomacy Advisor and Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

Stefaan Verhulst

  • Chief Research and Development Officer, Governance Lab @ NYU
  • Senior Advisor, Markle Foundation

Other Areas of Work

  • Health

    Seeking a digital transformation in health care, Markle Connecting for Health was convened to accelerate the use of health IT to improve the quality and cost effectiveness of health care. The group gave rise to the Blue Button health record download feature and developed a Common Framework for information sharing which informed the HITECH American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

  • National Security

    In the wake of 9/11, Markle convened a bipartisan Task Force that reframed the role of intelligence in protecting the nation against terrorism while preserving traditional civil liberties. Markle's collaboration and information sharing recommendations informed the 9/11 Commission Report, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, and the Protect America Act of 2007.