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July 27, 2021

Is America’s Workforce Ready for a Tsunami of Skilled Jobs?

A fantastical image of a tsunami bringing in waves of money.

By Peter Quigley and Jamie Merisotis

As America continues to emerge from the pandemic’s grip, several economists — including Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell — anticipate a wave of job creation in the second half of the year, and some expect the U.S. economy to achieve a level of growth we haven’t seen in 30 years.

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June 22, 2021

How to Forge Successful Employer-College Partnerships

Young, Black worker, smiling, wearing safety glasses and a lanyard.

By Jamie Merisotis

The American economy is powered more and more by smart machines—automation that has greatly boosted productivity and built industrial and individual wealth. But, as we know, the digital revolution has come at a hefty price. As well-paying, blue-collar jobs are replaced by technology, too many of the jobs left are of poor quality and low pay.

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June 18, 2021

Hone Your Human Work Skills


By Jamie Merisotis

Think about utility poles, Mohan Tatikonda is saying. He’s a professor of operations management at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and for over 30 years his research has focused on how firms can most effectively design, develop, introduce and improve products, services, and organizational processes.

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June 15, 2021

Welcome to the Talent Age

Jamie Merisotis in a group discussion.

By Anne Majumdar

There is no question that rapidly evolving technology is shaking up our workplaces, with many worried they will lose their jobs to robots. But those fears are unproductive. If we instead focus on expanding our notion of work, we can find greater opportunity and contentment in our daily roles, according to Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis.

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June 6, 2021

Merisotis on Story in the Public Square episode 921

Jamie Merisotis, still from video

By Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller

Author Jamie Merisotis sits down with hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller to discuss his recent book, “Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines.” Merisotis postulates that in a future driven by Artifical Intelligence, the role of the modern-day worker must evolve to operate alongside machines to do that which only humans can.

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May 24, 2021

In a Future Driven by Artificial Intelligence, “Career Adjacency” Offers Humans Agency


By Jamie Merisotis

The word “adjacent” is enjoying a popularity spike. It has transcended its literal meaning of “next to” (“the parking lot is adjacent to a hair salon”), morphing seemingly overnight into something figurative and, at times, positively buzzy—as in “wellness-adjacent” products and “tech-adjacent” companies. However trendy this new semantic shift, the word is more relevant than ever.

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