- CEO and President, Markle Foundation
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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.
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 joined together through Rework America: A Markle Initiative.
As a group we 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.
Expand new ways for workers to develop their talent and skills needed for the work of the future
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.
Help small and medium-sized businesses create more good work by using platforms to help them scale and compete in the global digital economy
We can help small and medium-sized businesses, a vital engine of job creation, use new digital platforms to grow and compete using tools and techniques that were once accessible only by large companies.
We can help US small and medium-sized businesses to scale and compete by using platforms to identify new markets and to meet the growing needs of billions of global customers for US products and services.
We can deploy platforms to enable small and medium-sized businesses to make better use of big data, modern analytics, and new digital tools to forecast demand, optimize supply chains, and innovate new products and services.
In 2013 Markle convened Rework America, bringing together a group of more than 50 remarkable and diverse 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.
Skillful is an innovative platform that provides a set of online and offline tools that connects job seekers to fast growing and well-paying jobs. It also connects them to employers and educators who can help them get training, acquire new skills, and advance their careers.
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.
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.
News and information about Skillful.
In letters to Rework America members, Zoë Baird and Howard Schultz describe the urgency of the problems that confront America.
Rework America members share their insights on creating opportunity in the connected age.
Meet Americans nationwide who are seizing the possibilities of the connected age. View their personal stories.