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MARCH eNEWS CONTENT

HuffPo Highlight

Congress Must Fund Sector Initiatives

My latest blog on the Huffington Post, a collaboration with Jack Mills, the Insight Center's Chief Workforce Strategy Officer, compellingly calls for Congress to meaningfully fund the WIOA passed in 2014. Click the link below to find out more!
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Insight Center on NBC






Anne Price and members of the Insight Center's Experts of Color Network were quoted earlier this month in a report on NBC titled Education Is Not Great Equalizer for Black AmericansClick here to read the report and see how Anne and other members of the Insight Center are shaping the national discussion on wealth and equality.

EESI Testimony


Gabriela Sandoval, Director of Research and Chief Economic Security Officer at the Insight Center, testified on March 17 before a joint-committee hearing titled Who Can Afford to Get Old? Senior Poverty in the Golden State before members of the California State Assembly. 

Gabriela provided a powerful personal look at the reality of what it takes to make ends meet in CA and how we need to support seniors by providing funding to bring SSI/SSP recipients above the FPL, fund a COLA, and make SSI/SSP recipients eligible for food assistance.

Video Insights 



Richard Woo, Insight Center's National Advisory Board member and CEO for The Russell Family Foundation, on The Big Issues.

March Newsletter 

Inclusive Competitiveness: America’s Next Stage Imperative


For much of our history, America has produced a uniquely robust middle class and unparalleled technology, production capacity, and global influence.
 
Recent decades, however, have more broadly revealed both an historic and expanding practice of exclusion based on race, gender, ability, and other socially-constructed distinctions that have subjected whole communities of Americans to second class status.

Recent Insight Center research shows that similarly skilled and experienced Black, Latino and female workers make as much as 20-25 percent less for the same work conducted by their white male counterparts. And whole segments of the American economy that are especially vital to our future growth and well-being, such as our tech sector, our financial institutions and our health fields, are largely devoid of diversity in key aspects of their leadership and professional workforce.
 
In our view, there is something fundamentally self-defeating and un-American about these realities.
 
Given the rapidly diversifying composition of our population and future workforce, American leaders must rally to advance a new frame for our nation: Inclusive Competitiveness.
 
Inclusive Competitiveness is a concept coined by Insight Center senior consultant Johnathan Holifield. It is a concept that envisions America’s continued greatness being tied to increased investments and opportunities targeted to society’s and the economy’s most excluded groups.
 
In the coming months, the Insight Center will feature opinion pieces from Johnathan Holifield that illuminate Inclusive Competitiveness as a concept, its congruence with American values, as well as prescriptions for needed change in our society. Stay tuned for updates about where to find Johnathan's game changing pieces.

Indeed, most of the Insight Center’s historic and evolving work has implicitly sought to advance a more inclusive capitalism[i]—one in which U.S. competitive interests could be accelerated through a broader and more productive inclusion of people of color, women, aging Americans and others relative to national economic development.
 
The Insight Center’s work to promote asset building in low income communities, sector workforce development strategies, and family economic security is all about encouraging Inclusive Competitiveness—that is, a new model of American economic growth and vitality in which all Americans can share equal opportunity and earned benefits.
 
This is why during recent years we have advanced important applied research and demonstration projects designed to expand public and private contract opportunities for Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses and Enterprises, child care supports for low income women seeking to participate in the workforce, and efforts to increase education, training and gainful employment opportunities for boys and men of color (who remain disproportionate subjects of state law enforcement constraints all across America). 
 
We believe fundamentally in the merits of a free enterprise economy; but we also believe at our core that excluding a growing majority of Americans from a fair shot while producing profits and opportunity for a smaller and smaller elite class is inconsistent with our core national purposes and values.
 
The better way is the way of Inclusive Competitiveness. We hope, therefore, with our initial presentation of the issues in this communication, to encourage a more robust national conversation on new ways to proceed forward in developing our next stage economy and civic culture.
 
We hope you will resonate with our call to action and let us know your thoughts and ideas on the issues.
 


Henry A. J. Ramos
President & CEO
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[i] C.K. Prahalad, a University of Michigan Business School scholar and Allen Hammond, an executive of the World Resources Institute have collaborated to popularize the concept of “inclusive capitalism,” an application of classical capitalism that actively seeks to mitigate the worst failings of the system by encouraging broader opportunity and benefit sharing for society’s poorest people and communities. (See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inclusive_capitalism)
 
 
Additional References:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-green/sxswedu-launches-next-big_b_2765038.html
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