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By Jamie Merisotis

The economic challenges we face can be seen in nearly every community across the nation, and in seeking to tell the story of those challengesand what we can do about themIndianapolis seemed the perfect place for a digital magazine examining the struggle to preserve one city’s middle class amid a changing workplace.

The result is “The Middle: Indianapolis,” a rich blend of insights, data, and personal stories highlighted in documentary-style videos, produced by WorkingNation, a national nonprofit news organization that reports on the work of the future.

Lumina Foundation has supported this magazine…


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By Jamie Merisotis

In the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, guilty on all counts in the death of George Floyd, the verdict stands as a historic moment in the nation’s quest for racial justice. It is a decision we should treat with solemnity and gratitude.

Still, a just verdict in a single, high-profile case is not the achievement of justice. Floyd’s murder should remind us of the magnitude of the task ahead — the work still needed to realize a society in which people’s skin color no longer significantly predicts how they will fare in life.

Consider…


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By Jamie Merisotis

There was a time when corporate executives looked at artificial intelligence and other technology and saw them largely, if not solely, as a way to reduce costs. But as AI and algorithms become integral parts of everyday work, smart executives are seeing that the best course of action is a sort of merger of human and machine.

A recent essay from Deloitte Insights talks about the importance of creating “superminds, not substitutes,” combining the best of human traits (compassion, empathy, ethics, communication, creativity) with machines’ ability to do repetitive, predictable tasks. …


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See more on the work of the future — and how people can find and keep good jobs in an age of smart machines and artificial intelligence — in the new Jamie Merisotis book “Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines”

By Jamie Merisotis

Crises have a way of revealing who we really are, and that’s as true for nations as it is for people. If we don’t fix critical education, job training, and racial equity challenges during this pandemic recovery, we’ll miss an historic opportunity.

With vaccinations finally available a year after the health crisis began, we’re looking…


Photo: Shawn Spence from Focus magazine: An Apprenticeship Brotherhood.

See more on the work of the future — and how people can find and keep good jobs in an age of smart machines and artificial intelligence — in the new Jamie Merisotis book “Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines”

By Jamie Merisotis

As technology and artificial intelligence bring sweeping changes to the modern workplace, workers must understand the need to develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities for human work throughout their lives and careers.

That will require our existing training and education programs to adopt new methods and expand their capacity to accommodate millions more lifelong learners…


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See more on the work of the future — and how people can find and keep good jobs in an age of smart machines and artificial intelligence — in the new Jamie Merisotis book “Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines”

By Jamie Merisotis

A spirit of hard-hearted antagonism toward the missions of many federal agencies and the government workers serving them haunts the halls of the buildings along Independence Avenue, perhaps none more so than the Department of Education.

That’s why President Joe Biden has his work cut out as he restores the effectiveness of executive agencies built…


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See more on the work of the future — and how people can find and keep good jobs in an age of smart machines and artificial intelligence — in the new Jamie Merisotis book “Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines”

By Jamie Merisotis

In my new book, Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines, I write that nearly everyone will have to become a continuous learner to adapt to changes in the modern workplace. …


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See more on the work of the future — and how people can find and keep good jobs in an age of smart machines and artificial intelligence — in the new Jamie Merisotis book “Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines”

By Jamie Merisotis

This week’s planned walkout by fast-food workers, demanding a higher minimum wage, highlights the need to push livable wages to the forefront. A higher minimum wage is essential. Overdue. And right.

Boosting low-end wages also can be a means of achieving something more substantial — something that merits even more attention. …


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See more on the work of the future — and how people can find and keep good jobs in an age of smart machines and artificial intelligence — in the new Jamie Merisotis book “Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines”

By Jamie Merisotis

Everyone supports apprenticeships. Whenever the economy suffers, interest in them spikes, and both the outgoing and incoming administrations called for a big expansion. In a recent survey, 92 percent of Americans had a favorable view of apprenticeships — an approval rating that’s almost unheard of.

So, if apprenticeships are such a good idea, why aren’t…


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By Jamie Merisotis

See more on the work of the future — and how people can find and keep good jobs in an age of smart machines and artificial intelligence — in the new Jamie Merisotis book “Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines”

The “robot zombie apocalypse” is not upon us, but people need to prepare themselves to focus on the kinds of work that only humans can do in a time when automation is a part of so many jobs.

That’s one of the points I wanted to make on the Harvard Business School podcast Managing the…

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President and CEO of Lumina Foundation, committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all

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