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Tuesday August 16, 2016
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This post is authored by Dr. Amy Loyd, senior director of the Pathways to Prosperity initiative at Jobs for the Future. “How did you find your first job? Did your education support your transition to the world of work?” For many of us (including myself), the answer to the first question is through our social capital networks: our family and family friends, people we know from our community. For many of us (including myself), the answer to the next two questions is a resounding “no.” This is a problem. Last Thursday, Governor Jack Markell signed an executive order to establish the Delaware...
Tags: Career Pathways
Friday August 12, 2016
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Originally appeared in The Hill on Aug. 4, 2016. By Joseph Fuller and Matthew Sigelman Everyone loves to hate Wall Street. This is especially true in a contentious election year, when the anti-business rhetoric runs shrill and genuine fears abound about the growing inequality in America. JP Morgan Chase’s recent announcement on “why we’re giving our employees a raise” instantly drew brickbats because the tone and timing could not be worse. It came on the same day that the Financial Times front page carried a story on how pay for big bank chief executives jumped nearly 8%—with Jamie Dimon...
Tags: Summit, Economic Mobility
Wednesday August 10, 2016
I recently read an article in The New York Times by Angela Duckworth entitled Graduating and Looking for Your Passion: Just Be Patient, in which she gives advice to new college graduates. For those who are not familiar with Duckworth’s work, she is an eminent psychologist who has helped to popularize the notion of “grit.” So, not surprisingly, she applies the same concept to the pursuit of a successful career; what’s key in her view is to foster and not to follow one’s passion, keeping in mind that it takes time; it also takes trial and error. This got me thinking about whether or not this...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery
Wednesday August 10, 2016
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By Dana Coehlo Program Manager, Urban and Community Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region This blog post is part of series by NatureWORKS, an initiative funded by the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program and The Kresge Foundation. After a devastating flood in 1965, Denver turned a keen eye toward the restoration of the South Platte River. The river topped its banks disastrously, causing 21 deaths and economic losses on the order of $543 million, more than $4 billion in today’s currency. This triggered long-delayed capital improvement and flood control...
Tags: Green Skills
Tuesday August 9, 2016
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Originally posted in The Development Set on Medium July 28, 2016. By Richard V. Reeves, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow There is a real tension at the heart of contemporary philanthropy. The challenge is to make it a creative one. American philanthropy is experiencing cognitive dissonance. Some foundations are trying to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor, very often using resources that can be seen as the result of forces that fuel inequality. The combined endowments of the wealthiest foundations amount to around $191 billion. That’s enough, roughly speaking, to cut a check for...
Tags: Summit, Economic Mobility