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Why Management Is Out of Control: Employee 2.0

David Hassell | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
David Hassell

We are now on the cusp of a new revolution -- something we're dubbing: Employee Rights 2.0. "Labor" is breaking free of traditional management structures to experience unprecedented autonomy.

53 Million Americans Are Freelancing, New Survey Finds

Sara Horowitz | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact
Sara Horowitz

More than 53 million Americans are doing freelance work, according to a new, landmark survey conducted by the independent research firm Edelman Berland and commissioned by Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk.

The Era of Big Work Is Over

Sara Horowitz | Posted 10.31.2014 | Impact
Sara Horowitz

It's in the way we're spending our money, the way we're working, the gigs we're taking, and the values by which we're living our lives.

Taking the Skills Crisis Into Our Own Hands

Vince Bertram | Posted 11.02.2014 | Business
Vince Bertram

It is critical that we take America's skills crisis into our own hands. We have the opportunity to change course by engaging students in STEM learning and training the next generation workforce that America will rely on. Early adopters of this strategy are reaping the benefits.

What Is Competency-Based Education, and Why Does It Matter?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 10.26.2014 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

The curricula for competency-based programs as a whole are purpose-built to prepare students for industry and careers as they evolve

Work, Youth, Optimism, and the Drive Toward a Safe, Sustainable Planet

Steven Cohen | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Steven Cohen

None of us is capable of predicting the future, but the optimism of young people is even more impressive to me when we think of the uncertainties of the world to come.

What Computer Geeks Taught Me About the Future of Aging

Robyn Stone | Posted 10.08.2014 | Technology
Robyn Stone

Sometime in the near future, our nation may not have enough qualified workers to serve every older American who needs services and supports. That's more than a little scary, especially for baby boomers who are turning 65 at the rate of about 10,000 a day. I am one of those baby boomers. But I'm not scared anymore.

Building Better Pathways to In-Demand Careers

Lee D. Lambert | Posted 09.24.2014 | College
Lee D. Lambert

The reinvigorated push for better job training announced this week by the White House is important for numerous reasons. As PCC's chancellor, what struck me was the critical role community colleges are again being called upon to play in readying our workforce for the in-demand jobs of the 21st century.

94 Percent of Millennials Want to Use Their Skills for Good

Sara Horowitz | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Sara Horowitz

Millennials don't see companies as salary machines. And they don't see themselves as just another chair-filler. They see themselves as having the power to make choices -- and their decision to work in one place or another is about finding value.

The Mud Run Obstacle Course Guide to Your Career

Gina LaGuardia-Schrecker | Posted 09.17.2014 | Business
Gina LaGuardia-Schrecker

Although situations, co-workers, clients, and career craziness may feel draining at times, there's something to be said for remembering how far you've come and how much further you can go.

What Freelancers Can Learn From 'Magic Schlepping Circles'

Sara Horowitz | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Sara Horowitz

Just as observant Jews created a domain that made sabbath work for them, freelancers are creating a domain within the current economy that's all their own.

Understanding the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Avi Yashchin | Posted 09.16.2014 | College
Avi Yashchin

The authorization for the statute expired in 2003; since then attempts to reauthorize the legislation were undertaken in both the House and Senate which culminated in the act that was passed last month.

Why There Is Always Enough Room in Your Industry as a Startup

Daffnee Cohen | Posted 09.14.2014 | Business
Daffnee Cohen

I'm all about taking risk where it makes sense, but I also practice caution and commons sense in an attempt to preserve my efforts and energy. These are the kinds of thoughts that were running through my head:

Congrats to Congress on a Job Well Done -- WIOA Passes Both Houses!

Jim Gibbons | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

The WIOA provides access to training, education and workforce services that all of America's workers, regardless of ability, need to compete in a global economy.

Workforce Policy Playing Catch Up

Andy Van Kleunen | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Andy Van Kleunen

With the Administration's new emphasis on job-driven training and employer engagement, sector partnership strategies could see a jump in state adoption comparable to what we saw ten years ago.

Jobs/Transit, Hope on the Horizon?

Laura Barrett | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

With all the gridlock in DC, it seems impossible that anything fruitful or significant can really happen. But a few dedicated public officials are starting to push two very promising proposals that could affect millions.

Another One-Off Job Skill Program That Won't Work

Peter Weddle | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
Peter Weddle

Like all of its predecessor academic responses to our skills deficit challenge, the collaboration sets people up for career success and then cuts their legs out from under them by providing no way to achieve it.

Expanding Renewable Energies, Expanding Job Prospects?

Avi Yashchin | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Avi Yashchin

With the U.S. currently experiencing an economic slowdown, an unnerving unemployment rate and a national debt register expecting to reach $20.0 trillion by the end of this decade, something needs to change.

Which Starbucks Employees Are Likely to Benefit From ASU Degrees?

Maureen Conway | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Maureen Conway

Starbucks announced this week that it will offer full tuition reimbursement for employees seeking a bachelor's degree. There are a couple of stipulations, however.

Does Health Need a Color?

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Dr. Derek Yach

Health needs its own color, one that reflects the same potential that "green" does to be transformative, preventive, promotional, and innovative to make the attainment of health the natural and easy norm.

Thank you, Full Employment Caucus!

Laura Barrett | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

In January, U.S. Rep. John Conyers and 7 other Congress members created the Full Employment Caucus with the goal of creating more than 24 million jobs...

Don't Call Them Dropouts

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Jose Antonio Tijerino

No one should sit in judgment of the challenging choices many Americans have to make and the circumstances that lead them to leave school.

Working Families Summit Will Tackle Childcare, Paid Leave, Equal Pay

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Everything has changed in recent decades -- the economy, technology, cultural attitudes, the demographics of the workforce, the role of women in society and the structure of the American family. It's about time our laws caught up.

False Choice Fuels Global Debate Over Liberal Arts Education

John Oxtoby | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
John Oxtoby

Encouraging more STEM training, as called for by President Obama, is a worthy goal. But graduates should also build a capacity for problem solving and critical thinking by way of a broad-based, liberal arts curriculum.

The Business Case for Hiring Developmentally Disabled Workers

Kari Warberg Block | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business
Kari Warberg Block

In a fateful discussion I'll never forget, one of my employees raised the question of whether I had considered employing developmentally disabled workers to take on key roles in the production process.