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An astronaut, software engineer, college president and student walk into the White House…and they’re all women.
It’s not a joke. At least it wasn’t Tuesday morning when The White House Council on Women and Girls held a gathering in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building focusing on girls in the science, engineering, technology and mathematics fields.
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An astronaut, software engineer, college president and student walk into the White House…and they’re all women.

It’s not a joke. At least it wasn’t Tuesday morning when The White House Council on Women and Girls held a gathering in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building focusing on girls in the science, engineering, technology and mathematics fields.

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#technology  #education  #innovation  #Facebook  #unemployment  #girls  #women  #The White House  #President Barack Obama 
The year was 1985, and I was excited to start work as a career counselor. My father felt that what most helped him heal his Holocaust scars was his work. So, I was eager to help other people find well-suited work.
In the beginning, I felt I was mediocre, but I devoted my time to getting better. When I felt I was doing a reasonable job, I still felt something was wrong. So, I started thinking about the paradigm I had worked so hard to become good at, and found it wanting…
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The year was 1985, and I was excited to start work as a career counselor. My father felt that what most helped him heal his Holocaust scars was his work. So, I was eager to help other people find well-suited work.

In the beginning, I felt I was mediocre, but I devoted my time to getting better. When I felt I was doing a reasonable job, I still felt something was wrong. So, I started thinking about the paradigm I had worked so hard to become good at, and found it wanting…

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— 2 years ago
#unemployment  #jobs  #innovation 
The Andrew W. Mellon auditorium was transformed Monday into a space-age conference center, with Microsoft Kinect-powered interactive tables and wall displays featuring the latest developments in GE’s product base — everything from turbines to appliances and health care equipment.
The gathering, convened to address the nation’s competitiveness and innovation economy, also gave one of the nation’s oldest companies a chance to advertise the latest developments in not only its technological innovation, but where it stands on job creation and worker training.
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The Andrew W. Mellon auditorium was transformed Monday into a space-age conference center, with Microsoft Kinect-powered interactive tables and wall displays featuring the latest developments in GE’s product base — everything from turbines to appliances and health care equipment.

The gathering, convened to address the nation’s competitiveness and innovation economy, also gave one of the nation’s oldest companies a chance to advertise the latest developments in not only its technological innovation, but where it stands on job creation and worker training.

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#innovation  #technology  #jobs  #economy  #unemployment 
Gernot Wagner is the author of But Will the Planet Notice? How Smart Economics Can Save the World. He teaches at Columbia University and is an economist at the Environmental Defense Fund.
Five years ago, top Harvard College graduates flooded Wall Street. They were small cogs in a race-car engine, except the car was speeding over a cliff. It’s no wonder that today’s graduates are reconsidering their career choices.
They should start with economics.
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Gernot Wagner is the author of But Will the Planet Notice? How Smart Economics Can Save the World. He teaches at Columbia University and is an economist at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Five years ago, top Harvard College graduates flooded Wall Street. They were small cogs in a race-car engine, except the car was speeding over a cliff. It’s no wonder that today’s graduates are reconsidering their career choices.

They should start with economics.

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#innovation  #economics  #business  #unemployment  #college  #education  #higher education  #Wall Street  #Occupy Wall Street 
Washington Post Editor Emi Kolawole spoke with George Anders, reporter, editor and author of “The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else,” as part of our Five Questions series on innovation about how to identify talent in some of the more pressing areas of the global economy and society.
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Washington Post Editor Emi Kolawole spoke with George Anders, reporter, editor and author of “The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else,” as part of our Five Questions series on innovation about how to identify talent in some of the more pressing areas of the global economy and society.

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#innovation  #talent  #unemployment  #jobs  #2012 election  #politics 
Jay Ruderman is president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which focuses on the inclusion of people with disabilities into daily life in the Jewish community in greater Boston and Israel. The foundation also seeks to lead the community through philanthropic partnerships and innovative competitions.
The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is slightly over 44 percent. Compare that with the slightly over 8 percent unemployment rate in the total population. Access to employment for those with disabilities is a civil rights issue, and one that could affect anyone at any time.
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Jay Ruderman is president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which focuses on the inclusion of people with disabilities into daily life in the Jewish community in greater Boston and Israel. The foundation also seeks to lead the community through philanthropic partnerships and innovative competitions.

The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is slightly over 44 percent. Compare that with the slightly over 8 percent unemployment rate in the total population. Access to employment for those with disabilities is a civil rights issue, and one that could affect anyone at any time.

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#innovation  #civil rights  #disability  #unemployment  #economy  #jobs  #business 
Do the traditional unemployment figures accurately reflect the true state of the American economy?
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Do the traditional unemployment figures accurately reflect the true state of the American economy?

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— 2 years ago
#innovation  #unemployment  #economy  #election  #election 2012  #politics 
Business incubators and accelerators are necessary components of a vital entrepreneurial ecosystem that drives job creation and wealth in this country. That ecosystem requires capital to fuel job growth. Black American and urban centers have historically been disconnected from that ecosystem. And, with millions of Black Americans sitting on the sidelines, we don’t need to look much further than ourselves for leadership in changing the equation and brightening the economic future for those who seek to compete in the new innovation economy.
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Business incubators and accelerators are necessary components of a vital entrepreneurial ecosystem that drives job creation and wealth in this country. That ecosystem requires capital to fuel job growth. Black American and urban centers have historically been disconnected from that ecosystem. And, with millions of Black Americans sitting on the sidelines, we don’t need to look much further than ourselves for leadership in changing the equation and brightening the economic future for those who seek to compete in the new innovation economy.

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— 2 years ago with 11 notes
#Innovation  #entrepreneurship  #Black America  #race  #Silicon Valley  #Barack Obama  #unemployment 
Experts participating in a conference hosted by The Brookings Institution Wednesday suggested, among other things, that Congress do more to keep up with the fast pace of innovation in technology.
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Experts participating in a conference hosted by The Brookings Institution Wednesday suggested, among other things, that Congress do more to keep up with the fast pace of innovation in technology.

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— 2 years ago with 13 notes
#Innovations  #The Brookings Institution  #unemployment  #technology  #The Washington Post