America Needs Talent

Attracting, Educating & Deploying the 21st-Century Workforce

Jamie Merisotis

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Higher Education and Talent
Inside Higher Ed | October 29, 2015

Jamie Merisotis Talks Talent with POTUS Politics
SiriusXM radio interview with Tim Farley | October 23, 2015 

Is It Time for a U.S. Department of Talent?
The Atlantic | October 2, 2015

Tackling the Talent Gap: A review of Jamie Merisotis's new book, America Needs Talent
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Impatient Optimists | September 25, 2015

Talking About Talent: Jamie Merisotis on the Role of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education | September 24, 2015

America’s college students have changed. Will federal policy keep pace?
The Hill | September 23, 2015

Does the United States Need a Department of Talent?
Education Writers Association | September 23, 2015

Ask Me Anything: Jamie Merisotis
Indianapolis Monthly | September 21, 2015

Time to 'rally around talent'
The Courier Journal | September 20, 2015

Five Ways to Deploy a 21st Century Workforce
Huffington Post | September 15, 2015

Opinion: U.S. Must Close the Talent Gap
Indianapolis Star | September 13, 2015

Why the United States needs a 'Department of Talent'
The Atlantic | September 12, 2015

America Needs Talent(ed Leaders)
Forbes | September 9, 2015

New Poll Reveals Increasing Talent a National Priority
Lumina/Gallup Pulse Poll | September 8, 2015

Lumina CEO Calls For a 'U.S. Department of Talent'
Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick | September 8, 2015


Why We Need a U.S. Department of Talent (Read an excerpt from America Needs Talent.)
Washington Monthly | September October 2015
If we want a Twenty-First-Century workforce, we need to tear up Washington's org chart.

What New Orleans Needs in the Next Post-Katrina Decade
Huffington Post | August 29, 2015

Three Books, One Message: Educating For The American Future
Forbes | August 27, 2015

Why Rebooting Higher Education Policy Could Strengthen Our Nation's Economic Future
HuffPost College | July 24, 2015
Much is riding on the outcome of a months-long Congressional debate over re-authorization of the Higher Education Act, the sweeping law that governs colleges and universities. 

Indy's future depends on pool of talent
Indianapolis Star | July 5, 2015

Independence Day: Here's how to get more Americans to vote | July 02, 2015 
Independence Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate America’s birth as a democracy. This year, it also should spur a redoubling of efforts to uphold that system of governance, whose well-being is at greater risk than we’ve seen in decades.

Next wave of thriving cities
The Hill | June 26, 2015
The 21st century is shaping up to be a golden age for cities, with growth in U.S. municipalities projected to create an even stronger urban majority in coming decades. Some localities will ascend as exemplars of flourishing communities in this new era. And they won’t necessarily be the places you’d expect.

About America Needs Talent: Attracting, Educating & Deploying the 21st-Century Workforce

The 20th century was the great American Century because the nation developed the talent needed for individual and societal success. Today, we’ve lost our focus on talent, and we risk missing out on $7 trillion in annual market and nonmarket value if we don’t invest in attracting, developing and deploying the 21st century workforce. To embark on a Second American Century, deliberate choices must be made by government, the private sector, education, and individuals about what matters. In America Needs Talent, Jamie Merisotis shares five ideas for securing the talent America needs:

  1. Redesign higher education so that it serves students’ and society’s needs.
  2. Unleash private sector innovation to encourage risk-taking and create a solid talent ROI.
  3. Create a Department of Talent to reimagine the government’s role in talent development and deployment.
  4. Develop and implement skills-based immigration policies to attract and develop a more talented workforce.
  5. Revitalize our cities as urban hubs that attract and cultivate talent. 

Talent Defined

Talent is what happens when knowledge, skills and abilities are honed by education and experience in a way that benefits both the individual and society at large.

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September 17, 2015

The outlook may look gloomy now, but the second American Century can happen. America needs talent to usher in a new era of innovation and success.