INDIANAPOLIS – An overwhelming majority of Americans say the federal government should make it a high priority to increase the talent of our nation’s workforce, according to a new Gallup-Lumina Foundation Pulse Poll. The results come as a new book, America Needs Talent, spotlights the gaps in our nation’s talent pool and unveils a bold plan for ushering in a new era of innovation and success.
In America Needs Talent, author Jamie Merisotis makes the case for dramatically expanding talent—the knowledge, skills and competencies individuals need to thrive in the workforce and in life—and says our nation risks missing out on $7 trillion annually if we don’t answer the call for talent.
Topline results from the poll show strong support for increasing talent across America:
“Today, close to two million jobs remain unfilled because we don’t have employees with the talent to fill them,” said Merisotis, who also serves as president and CEO of Lumina Foundation. “We’ve answered the call for talent before, and we can do it again. If we don’t, we face deficits of prosperity and opportunity, we risk losing our global standing as a leader—both economically and culturally—and we are on track to leaving a less-influential and less-prosperous country to our children and grandchildren.
“The outlook is gloomy, but it need not be. The future is winnable if we take the right steps. The 20th century is known as the great American Century because we developed the talent required for individual and societal success. If we want to realize a Second American Century, we must commit to attracting, educating and deploying a 21st century workforce, and to do that a deliberate set of choices must be made involving government, the private sector, education and everyday Americans.”
In America Needs Talent, Merisotis shares five ideas for ushering in a new era of innovation and success by arming our nation with significantly more thinkers, makers and risk takers:
“These five ideas are powerful and America Needs Talent is a book that should be on the desk of every 2016 Presidential candidate,” said Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO, New America. “Our nation certainly has talent, but not enough and not in the right places to rise to the challenge of reinventing ourselves, again, to meet the challenges of this century.”
“Figuring out how to express the value of investing in higher levels of talent is challenging, but based on the analysis of various studies, I believe that our Gross Talent Product—the combination of market and nonmarket value—is $7 trillion annually,” said Merisotis. “That’s more value than the economies of Brazil, India and the United Kingdom produce each year–combined. Our economic might and the fate of our future rides on getting this right. And I have every faith that we will do exactly that.”
The Lumina/Gallup Pulse Poll was conducted July 6-7, 2015 by landline and cellular telephone. The results are based on interviews with 1,010 U.S. adults aged 18 and older randomly selected from across the country. The margin of sampling error is +/- four percentage points.
About Jamie Merisotis: Jamie is a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, higher education, and public policy. Since 2008, he has served as president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, a driving force for increasing Americans’ success in higher education. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a leadership council member of The Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project on national service, and a regular contributor to national media outlets. For more information: www.americaneedstalent.com
About Lumina Foundation:
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.
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