Advancing America’s Future
in a Networked World

Markle Economic Future Initiative

REWORK AMERICA is an extraordinary partnership driving innovations to advance learning and work opportunities for all Americans. In a collective point of view, participants share their vision of a hopeful future for the nation.

Message from our Co-chairs

Zoë Baird and Howard Schultz

"The America we want our children to inherit—a country that is strong and inspires opportunity for all—is at risk. There is nothing more important than finding ways to advance Americans at all income levels to successfully transition to the economy of the future."
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Statement from Markle CEO and President Zoë Baird on U.S. Secretary of Defense Nominee Dr. Ashton Carter

"Dr. Carter has a long association with Markle and is a highly valued senior executive of the foundation, and member of our current initiative, Rework America."
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Markle Economic Future Initiative

REWORK AMERICA: Empowering Americans to Flourish in a Global Networked Economy

Globalization and technology are changing our way of life more than anyone could have imagined. While enriching us in many ways, these forces also have eliminated secure jobs and eroded economic security for millions. Now, we face an urgent national challenge: finding new strategies that help all Americans flourish in today’s economy.

Zoë Baird

President, Markle Foundation
genConnect talked with Zoë Baird at the Aspen Ideas Festival about the evolution of the American dream and the opportunities presented by globalization and technology.

Matthew Slaughter

Associate Dean for Faculty, Dartmouth Tuck School of Business
Former Member, President’s Council of Economic Advisers
The main economic anxiety that a lot of Americans have right now is can I find a job, and is it going to be at a decent wage that rises over time, so I can take care of myself and my children, parents, and those different dimensions of the American Dream.

Cheryl Mills

CEO, BlackIvy Group
Former Counselor and Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of State
Disruptions are always the place where we leverage the greatest change and we leverage the greatest opportunity to unleash new and different ways of living, of being and of thinking and of operating. And, I want us to think about how we can unleash the opportunity of globalization and technology, not just experience the challenges.

“ What Americans have always been good at is innovation, seizing a challenge and making it work for us, and not being daunted by it. ”

‐ Madeleine Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group
   Former U.S. Secretary of State

“ We have to find a way in which we enable a rethinking of human capital development so that we can find a way in which people are not left out of access to opportunity. ”

‐ Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University

“ The traditional ways to create jobs, which require heavy, expensive infrastructure, can be circumvented through a new type of work—digital work. ”

‐ Leila Janah, Founder and CEO, Samasource

“ Markle Connecting for Health has consistently worked to make sure that electronic health records and personal health records advance in the public interest. ”

‐ Alison Rein, Senior Director, AcademyHealth

“ The Markle Task Force has highlighted technologies that will improve information sharing and enhance security, while facilitating greater accountability and higher levels of privacy protections. ”

‐ Jeff Jonas, IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist, IBM Entity Analytics Group

“ What big gear could we find that we could grab and move one way or another and make all the little ones spin? ”

‐ Michael Leavitt, Chairman, Leavitt Partners
   Former Governor, State of Utah

Other Areas of Work

Health in a Connected World

Anticipating the digital transformation of health care, Markle Connecting for Health identified how information technology can improve the quality of health care, and released the Markle Common Framework—a set of best practices for securely sharing personal health information while preserving privacy. These recommendations shaped policy across the country, including landmark provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Markle’s Work Group on Consumer Engagement conceptualized the Blue Button, which would enable Americans to easily download and transmit their personal health information. The Blue Button is now used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and major insurers and pharmacies nationwide.

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National Security

Markle identified global terrorism as a national security threat long before 9/11, but the events of that terrible day prompted us to create a bipartisan Task Force to develop the policy and technology plan for protecting America against the threats of the modern era while protecting traditional civil liberties.  The Markle Task Force comprised national security experts, information technology executives, and privacy and civil liberties advocates who created a collaborative environment for information sharing. The Task Force’s recommendations are highly regarded and formed the basis for intelligence reform and information sharing in the 9/11 Commission Report, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act 2004, and the Protect America Act of 2007, and a wide range of actions at the federal, state and local level as well as in the private sector.

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Featured Resources


Aspen Ideas Festival
ASU+GSV Summit 2015
April 7, 2015

Rework America members Michael Crow and Howard Schultz provided the Summit keynote with a discussion on the expanded Starbucks College Achievement Plan. Zoë Baird, CEO and President of the Markle Foundation, provided attendees with an introduction to the collaboration that was inspired by Rework America.

Techonomy 2014
November 11, 2014

At Techonomy 2014, Markle’s Visiting Managing Director Philip Zelikow and a panel of experts took a peek into the future during “Man, Machines, and How the Future Works.”

Clinton Global Initiative 2014 Annual Meeting
September 21-24, 2014

President Bill Clinton announced REWORK AMERICA, the Markle Economic Future Initiative's commitment to expand opportunities for all Americans in a networked world.

What We’re Reading

July 2, 2014

It makes some sense that young people might work less than their older counterparts. They are figuring out their lives, going in and out of school and making more short-term plans.

July 1, 2014

Three computer scientists, Chenhao Tan, Lillian Lee and Bo Pang, have built an algorithm that also makes these guesses, as described in a recent paper, and the results are impressive.

July 1, 2014

Travelers at Dusseldorf Airport in Germany don’t even have to park their cars anymore. Last week the airport begin a using self-driving robot that resembles a forklift to deliver some cars to and from an appropriate parking space.

June 30, 2014

While start-ups like Uber are frequently seen as the enemy of traditional independent merchants, some new tech companies see big opportunity in serving local stores.

June 28, 2014

A law professor argues that a new federal agency is needed to keep pace with technological change.