- CEO and President, Markle Foundation
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Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age
Amid the biggest economic transformation in a century, the challenge of our time is to make sure that all Americans benefit from the wave of digital revolutions around the world that have permeated and upended modern life. Yet today’s economic arguments seem stuck. We need a new vision of a hopeful future and a new action agenda.
We have been here before. A hundred years ago, America experienced the greatest economic transformation and technological revolution in its history. The transformation of the past 20 years— as the world has moved through the information era into the digital age— has turned our life and work upside down once again. It is a time of tremendous change but also of tremendous possibility.
Set against the history of how Americans succeeded once before in remaking their country, 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 2013 Markle convened Rework America, a group of more than 50 remarkable and diverse leaders committed to advancing strategies to help Americans succeed in today’s rapidly changing world. The broad collaboration includes entrepreneurs, technology leaders, CEOs, educators, community and faith leaders, as well as other partners. Their insights are detailed in the America’s Moment, an action agenda for the digital economy, which has inspired several initiatives across the country, including Skillful.
Zoë Baird and Howard Schultz were co-leaders of the Rework America taskforce and, in collaboration with 54 others, produced ... a collective response to two questions: "What is your American Dream? And what are you going to do to make the American Dream possible for everyone?"
Written by a collection of academics, tech executives, elected officials, and consultants convened by the Markle Foundation... The book promises transformative solutions to the thorny problems that the United States faces today... it is easily digestible, relentlessly nonpartisan, and straightforward.
America’s Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age, put together by a group of fifty current leaders from across American life, ... points out well some of the tools and navigators that can help all of us learn how to learn in this rapidly changing world of new opportunities.
The new economy is not only generating new opportunities. It is providing people with the tools that they need to cope with disruption. America’s Moment provides as useful a guide as any available to turning drift into mastery once again.
The Rework America team ... addresses the question of opportunities created, versus opportunities lost, in a more systematic way than we have been able to do—and argues that a despairing, closed-horizons mood is exactly the wrong response to the next stage of economic creation.
America's Moment is not just remarkable for its thoroughness in addressing the questions the country faces, but also for its intellectual diversity.
Taken together, this wise book is a roadmap for restoring the American Dream. It brings a clear-eyed view of the challenges we face, and offers a powerful dose of hope for our future.
In this rich compendium of information on new tools "to rework America, to rebuild the American dream," business, technology, and other experts convened by Markle explain that the same modern forces that have erased so many American jobs can become the basis for a vast expansion of work opportunities.
America’s Moment sets out to demonstrate how the rise of advanced communication technologies has fundamentally altered the essential nature of work, what it means to be successful, and how our lives have been impacted by the phenomenal transformation still taking place. I recommend America’s Moment highly.
Philip Zelikow and United States Senator Mark Warner spoke about America' Moment on PBS American Forum
Learn more about Americans featured in our book who exemplify the optimism and innovation necessary to succeed in the digital age.
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.
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Zoë Baird and members of Rework America gathered for an evening of unfiltered discussion to create opportunity in the connected age.
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 are included in this new economy.
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.
In this video, Rework America members share their views on the challenges and opportunities of the connected age.
Meet Americans nationwide who are seizing the possibilities of the connected age. View their personal stories.