Global Philanthropy Forum Conference 2016: People on the Move

  • Redwood City, California

The Jobs Challenge

People in fast growing economies are experiencing social and economic mobility for the first time, joining the middle class. Producers and makers are finding new markets for their commodities or wares, entrepreneurs are better able to access capital and customers, and job seekers are better able to connect with potential employers. Networks and knowledge are not only enabling economic growth and opportunity, but they are changing the very nature of work. Yet the "jobs challenge" remains so long as there is a short supply of the skills required for the jobs that await. What models exist for closing the skills gap? Moreover, how might employers better signal the skills they seek, and job seekers convey the skills they've attained, sometimes in non-traditional ways? How might each leverage networks to connect to one another?

Sandra Aguebor, Founder, Lady Mechanic Initiative
Karan Chopra, Co-founder and Partner, Opportunity@Work
Joshua Oigara, CEO, KCB Group
Shai Reshef, President, University of the People
MODERATOR Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation