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Feeding Our Growing Population & Nurturing the Skilled Workforce at Land O’Lakes

At Twomentor, we like to share bi-weekly thought leadership from phenomenal executives and social entrepreneurs focused on: a diverse skilled workforce, social impact entrepreneurship, mentoring cultures, sponsorship and elevating women in STEM careers. Beth Ford, COO of Land O’Lakes is the real deal role model and we love how she has found passion + purpose in her work. A skilled food and agriculture workforce is [...]

Lessons from the Charter School Disaster in Indianapolis

A teacher in Indiana's thoughts on returning to teaching in the public schools. Indiana has been taken over by the forces of corporate school reform, under a succession of Republican governors devoted to school choice: Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence, now Eric Holcomb. The public schools got a brief respite when educator Glenda Ritz was elected State Commissioner in 2012, but Pence spent four years attacking [...]

Will robots make job training (and workers) obsolete? Workforce development in an automating labor market

A great deal of anxiety now exists in the U.S. over the future of jobs in an era of automation. Indeed, there are widespread fears that robots and artificial intelligence (AI) will increasingly perform the tasks currently performed by most Americans, rendering human workers increasingly obsolete over time. Of course, this is not the first time in history that such fears have been expressed. The [...]

Wireless Innovation Project Promotes Technology for Good

PathVis is a clever smartphone-based detection platform built to directly detect and help track infectious diseases afflicting over 250 million people world-wide. It has breakthrough technology that’s able to get results in less than 30 minutes, which can provide health organisations with real-time data to decrease costs and increase efficiency in identifying outbreaks and preventing further spread of disease. Now, it has just won the [...]

Ramesh Ponnuru on the Transfer of Risk to Workers and Their Families

This site is optimized with the Yoast SEO Premium plugin v4.9 - https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/seo/ / Yoast SEO Premium plugin. For the first time in 2016, the Institute’s Financial Security Program and Economic Opportunities Program joined forces to present the 2016 Economic Security Summit, which brought together experts in workforce development, labor-market dynamics, income security, consumer finance, savings, and asset development to stimulate new policy ideas aimed [...]

The Great American Fallout: How Small Towns Came to Resent Cities

It’s no secret Donald Trump benefited from rural voters. But Democrat or Republican, they usually tell Katherine Cramer the same thing: it’s the cities that get all the breaks, and then have the gall to look down on them, too. Joe’s voice takes on a mocking tone.“You gotta quit driving!” he says. “Don’t drive as much.” He rolls his eyes and looks around at his pals, a handful of [...]

Research Shows That Assistance to the Poor Is Negatively Skewed to Race and Location

More holes in the safety net if Trump's budget cuts are enacted. It has been well-documented that America’s social safety net is often too weak and full of holes to help those who most need assistance. A new report reveals even more weaknesses with the government’s cash assistance program. Conducted by the Urban Institute, a think tank focusing on economic and social policy, the study [...]

Apprenticeship Weak: Trump proposal fails to tap into apprenticeship’s potential

Everyone loves apprenticeships (including me) as a basic model for learning work-related skills, but for the most part, policymakers don’t think very hard about why there’s so little apprenticeship in the United States. For that reason, we’re likely to continue talking about how great apprenticeship is but not making significant investments in it. President Trump’s underwhelming plan to expand apprenticeship, unveiled this past week, won’t [...]

It’s time to disrupt the existing hospital business model

Business models often change quite dramatically over time in the American economy. Think of booksellers; Amazon changed the concept of a bookseller and its book retailing vision led to the radical diversification of its product line. Some business models are more resistant to change, with firms concentrating on specialization rather than engaging in organizational innovation and diversification. Take the example of hospitals. Within our health [...]

Healthcare Nightmares Flood Crowdfunding Sites, No End in Sight

Health care’s rising costs spur more to seek help on crowdfunding platforms Crowdfunding first started as way to launch an indie music album or tour, a company or service that had great potential but was shunned by investors, or perhaps fund a documentary with a cutting-edge theme. But as health care costs continue to increase, with more Americans perilously close to financial ruin, sites such [...]