How Americans Will Live and Work in 2020

A Workshop Exploring Key Trends and Philanthropic Responses

by Gregory F. Treverton, Robert J. Lempert, Krishna B. Kumar

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Abstract

At a workshop held on July 7, 2011, leading experts, journalists, policy advocates, and government officials gathered to discuss how trends in four areas — the economy, demographics, the workplace, and lifestyles — will affect the poor and vulnerable in America in the coming decade. In these proceedings, the authors summarize the four trends, present the results of the workshop's assumption-based planning exercise, and supply key conclusions. They focus throughout on the role of philanthropic institutions, such as the project sponsor, the Rockefeller Foundation, in helping to address the challenges likely to confront America's poor and vulnerable, which include a growing jobs-skills mismatch and inadequate funding for social services.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Exploring Trends

  • Chapter Three

    Linking Foresight to Action

  • Chapter Four

    Final Thoughts and Take-Away Conclusions

  • Appendix A

    List of Participants

  • Appendix B

    Workshop Agenda

  • Appendix C

    Summary of Breakout Group Discussions

The research described in this document was sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and was conducted under the auspices of the International Programs of the RAND Corporation as collaboration among the Center for Global Risk and Security, the Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition, and Research and Policy in International Development, which is part of RAND's RAND Labor and Population Program.

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