- CEO and President, Markle Foundation
A Markle Initiative
What can we do to make opportunity available for everyone?
As America is in the midst of the biggest economic transformation in over a hundred years, millions of Americans are uncertain about their future. Technology and globalization are bringing about tremendous progress for many, but for millions of others, opportunities are out of reach. The defining challenge of our time is making sure all Americans are included in the benefits of the connected age.
Where some see only challenges ahead, we see tremendous potential. We must leverage the forces of change to create
meaningful work, prepare Americans for 21st century careers, and connect people with opportunities.
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.
Vote for our SxSW panel
Diplomas Optional: Jobs of the New Century
Markle has submitted a panel proposal for next year’s 2016 SXSWedu Conference. The annual conference, held every spring in Austin, TX, brings together educators, entrepreneurs, and other leading thinkers to exchange ideas. The multi-day event is crowdsourced, and voting is open now. Our proposed panel, “Diplomas Optional: Jobs of the New Century,” will feature David Kirkpatrick of Techonomy, Alison Dorsey of LinkedIn, Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick of Maricopa County Community Colleges, and Wan-Lae Cheng, who leads Markle's Rework America Connected program.
The selection process for panels is highly competitive, and includes an online voting session that runs through September 4, 2015. Please take a moment to check out our proposal and vote to show your support to learn how the Rework America Connected partnership is creating an innovative skills-based marketplace to help Americans connect to good jobs, new career paths, and training resources.
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.
Rework America Connected
A 21st Century Digital Labor Market for Middle-Skill Job Seekers
Rework America Connected is an innovative partnership that will provide thousands of middle-skill job seekers in America with opportunities for meaningful career paths and deliver employers a more qualified workforce.
The partnership will connect job seekers with employers who are in need of skilled workers, as well as connect them to training opportunities needed to engage with the high-growth, well-paying industries of the 21st century economy. Rework America Connected, a collaboration with LinkedIn, Arizona State University, and edX, will be an easy-to-use, online network. It will help individuals—from the skilled mid-career worker whose job has been reshaped by technology to the retail worker looking for a leg up into a middle skill career— to build the pathways they need toward a better career.
Rework America Connected will provide cutting edge technology tools and resources such as data and dashboards on industry-specific talent needs and flexible, innovative educational and training content from online providers, such as community colleges and boot camps. It also will deploy an on-the-ground effort to engage and connect middle-skill workers of all types, a population that is often underserved and disconnected from job opportunities and education tools such as LinkedIn and edX.
Rework America Connected will provide opportunity for many more Americans to qualify for good paying careers, whether or not they have a college degree. And it will benefit employers by allowing them to more effectively fill available positions with skilled employees.
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.
We can develop a recognized credentialing system to assess and demonstrate a worker’s skills.
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.
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.
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.
- Pastor, The Abyssinian Baptist Church
- President, State University of New York College at Old Westbury
- President, Arizona State University
- President and CEO, California Community Foundation
- Founder and Chairman, Leavitt Partners
- Former Governor, State of Utah
- Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market
- Founder and President, North Star Opinion Research
- Chief Scientist, IBM Entity Analytics Group
- IBM Distinguished Engineer
- Executive Vice President, Industries, salesforce.com
- Former CIO of the United States
More on Rework America
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.
Meet Americans nationwide who are seizing the possibilities of the connected age. View their personal stories.
Commentary from Rework America Members
Rework America members share their insights on creating opportunity in the connected age.
The defining challenge of our time is making sure that all Americans are included in the benefits of the connected age. Learn more about Rework America in this digital download.
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.
In letters to Rework America members, Zoë Baird and Howard Schultz describe the urgency of the problems that confront America.
Other Areas of Work
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.
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.