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May 9, 2021

This year, get Mom the gift that lasts: An education to help her succeed in the human work economy

A mother caring for her child.

By Jamie Merisotis and Zakiya Smith Ellis
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May 8, 2021

Poured Out: Human Work in the Modern World

Abstract view of mechanical web of interconnectedness.

By Chris Quinn

I recently finished listening to Human Work by Jamie Merisotis. Merisotis does an excellent job of outlining his vision of work in a digital and technologically advanced world. “Work” in our digitally washed and technologically advanced world will not be synonymous with a job — that thing we do and we usually hate but that gives us money so that we can actually do the stuff we like to do!

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April 26, 2021

What is the future of human work?

Illustration of a spectacled face with the skull-capped brain opening to release a giant atom which is radiating light beams.

By Indre Viskontas

Inquiring minds podcast explores the space where science and society collide. This week, they talked to president and CEO of Lumina Foundation Jamie Merisotis about his new book Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines.


April 20, 2021

An infrastructure for our nation’s talent

An illustration of 4 people climbing a mountain. The lead person is pointing a red flag forward.

By Jamie Merisotis and Julie Peller

Allowing learners to use the Pell Grant for short-term programs could build a different kind of bridge—one that links training, education and employment, argue Jamie Merisotis and Julie Peller.

For four years, “infrastructure week” was a promise unfulfilled—a bumper sticker on a car stuck in the driveway. With the recent passage of the American Rescue Plan and introduction of its infrastructure package, the Biden administration now has its chance.

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April 16, 2021

The big difference between lifelong learners and skill-seekers

Pads of paper and desk tools arranged on a desk with handwritten words strewn throughout: "Development, Skills, Training, Coaching, Learning, Knowledge."

By Brandon Busteed

One of the most commonly used phrases in college and university mission statements is “lifelong learning.” It’s a term that is very popular as an aspirational goal in both higher education and across corporate learning. At the same time, phrases such as “upskilling” and “reskilling” have become part of our vernacular as well. Lifelong learning and skilling are indeed two very different things …

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