WorkforceRx Live Book Launch: Forming an Echo Chamber of Support

Van Ton Quinlivan, CEO of Futuro Health and host of the show, is also author of the new best-selling book, WorkforceRx: Agile and Inclusive Strategies for Employers, Educators and Workers in Unsettled Times. In this episode, Van welcomes some of the nation’s leading workforce development experts to discuss the strategies and insights from Chapters Five and Six that resonated most with them. Check out their lively discussion about building consortiums of industry players and educators to develop meaningful career pathways, redesigning the community college system, new approaches to credentialing, how to scale up innovations and much more from this powerful new playbook for the future of work. Joining the host are: Chauncy Lennon, Vice President, Lumina Foundation; Earl Buford, Chief Executive Officer, Council on Adult Experiential Learning; Rock Pfotenhauer, Chair, Bay Area Community College Consortium; Amrit Ahluwalia, Editor, Evolllution; Jim Caldwell, Chief Executive Officer, Workforce Incubator; Amy Schulz, Dean, Sierra College; and Steve Wright, ICT Statewide Director, California Community Colleges.

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Jamie Merisotis, CEO of Lumina Foundation: The Robot Zombie Apocalypse is Not Coming

“We know from history that technology both creates and destroys jobs, and we don’t know what will happen this time around,” says Jamie Merisotis, author of the new book Human Work in the Age of Machines, “but I do think we should be more interested in the work that humans can do, because that is clearly something we can control by better preparing people for that human work.” That preparation needs to focus on nurturing “foundational human capabilities” that set us apart from machines – compassion, empathy, ethics and creativity to name a few. As he reveals in his book, Merisotis believes the end result can be a collaborative relationship between workers and technology. As President and CEO of Lumina Foundation, Merisotis has been a driving force in increasing access to post-secondary education not only for its economic benefits but because of the role education plays in cultivating the critical thinking essential to a functioning democratic society. Check out this revealing conversation with Futuro Health CEO Van Ton-Quinlivan about rethinking how we can restructure education, work and benefits to better meet the challenges and opportunities upon us.

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