Techonomy Detroit, hosted by the Detroit Economic Club, is bringing together some of the nation's most notable innovators and entrepreneurs today at Wayne State University.

We're talking about how Detroit can seize the tech revolution, how technology and business intersect and how today's entrepreneurs can use innovation to disrupt the economic status quo.

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Emerson would be proud. Jobs guru Dick Bolles, who wrote the book, "What Color Is Your Parachute?," says a successful job hunt in the 21st century begins with self-inventory, and extends into self-training, too.

But the way we train employees needs to change, Bolles says. We need to give people the building-block skills in adult education and worker retraining so that they can go do many things with their new skills. He brings up the example of a European program that retrained construction workers to fix televisions. Obviously, once televisions change their technology, that expensive training becomes obsolete.

But the onus isn't just on workers. Bolles says employers need to recognize that training is an essential part of their management duties, and "not a ghetto called education." He says they also need to get "less fuzzy in their vocabulary." Maybe an employer says they're looking for a skilled worker, Bolles says, but they're really looking for someone who has mastered specific systems and has a certain number of experiences. You often can't figure that out from job descriptions.

"We can use the internet to create a lingua franca for the two of them so we can understand what they're talking about."

Props to Bolles for making the case that networking for its own sake is over -- no more collecting business cards like Topps baseball cards as a primary way to find a job.

Young people? Bolles wants you to get real. He says recent graduates who take an honest look at their skills have the best chance of matching themselves to a meaningful career.

His ultimate lesson? Be the "entrepreneur of your own job hunt." Go at it with all the effort you can muster.

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Guy Halfteck, CEO of Knack, says in a conversation with Techonomy Founder David Kirkpatrick that training isn't as important as potential. He says companies will find people around the world with the analytical abilities suited to jobs, and then develop them to suit their needs. "Raw talent is everything," Halfteck says.

Kirkpatrick agrees, but with some caveats. He says Detroit, like many urban center, is home to "a huge population that is essentially without hope, without opportunity to see where the opportunities are for them."

Companies like Knack, founded by Halfteck, could eventually disrupt the traditional models of resume pedigrees and higher education, he says. Knack uses games to analyze the full potential and clear skill-set of its users. That's one way to identify raw talent.

"What are the qualities that separate high innovators from everyone else?" Halfteck asks. That's what sites like Knack want to identify. Then, you can source the world for people with that kind of potential.

Of course, you can't save cities like Detroit by only focusing on the most talented ten percent. But it's certainly a different perspective on how we ready ourselves for the New Economy.

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"How do you get the people who left Detroit to come back here?

The most important ingredient is talent." @SteveCase #TEDetroit

Building a thriving city is one way to lure talent back to the Motor City. What are your suggestions?

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"You've lived off this automotive tit enough.. it's time to do something else."

-Tim Draper, Founder, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Founder of Draper University School of Entrepreneurs

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"The work will go to where the people can do the job."

Stephen Hoover is CEO of PARC, a Xerox company that prides itself on innovation -- they say PARC is in the business of breakthroughs. Speaking on a panel at Techonomy 2012 hosted by Daniel Howes of the Detroit News, Hoover and his fellow panelists agreed that Detroit 2.0 could capitalize on its legacy of manufacturing experience to create more jobs. But they also warned that the Motor City came into prominence during a time when less than half of the world was industrialized. Competition has never been more tough.

"It's hyper-competitive now," Hoover says. "It's a question of talent. Globally, there's a shortage of high-quality talent in manufacturing."

But there's a surplus, in Detroit and around the world, he says, of unskilled labor workers trained for the manufacturing jobs of yesterday, not tomorrow.

"The region that can solve that puzzle it will be a big differentiator," Hoover says.

One of his partners on the panel, Amar Hanspal, who works as the senior vice president of products for Autodesk, says Germany is today's best example of a country that's partnering government policy and private business to train workers for 21st century careers in high-tech manufacturing.

"It's the intersection of education, policy and entrepreneurial thinking," says Hanspal. "When you foster that combination, good things will happen."

When we think about comparing Detroit and Berlin, it's usually a conversation that begins with comparing music, art or design. But as Germany invests heavily in training its citizens to accelerate manufacturing, it's clear that the Motor City should also find inspiration in their aggression toward educating workers.

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Techonomy Detroit, hosted by the Detroit Economic Club, is bringing together some of the nation's most notable innovators and entrepreneurs today at Wayne State University. We're talking about how Detroit can seize the tech revolution, how technology and business intersect and how today's entrepreneurs can use innovation to disrupt the economic status quo.

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