U.S. education, training, and workforce development have not significantly changed despite 21st-century needs. To address this, researchers developed a systems-level, blue-sky approach to rethinking system functions and features.
Technology, globalization, and demographic changes have reshaped the U.S. workforce. Yet, workforce preparation has stayed the same over the past several decades, prompting RAND researchers to reimagine the U.S. workforce development and employment system.
In creating a visualization of the reimagined workforce development system, the designers of Morcos Key sought to make what may seem like an abstract concept entertaining and accessible. The open spiral is “a metaphor for the journey that unfolds throughout one's life, with goals such as learning, working, adapting, and thriving,” they said.Explore the research behind this piece Learn more about Morcos Key
RAND's study pinpoints the ways in which the U.S. workforce development and employment system is failing many, and envisions how educators, employers, workers, and other stakeholders can rebuild and transform it. It's the first step in moving the United States to a system that accounts for workers' needs for lifelong learning, employers' continuously changing workforce requirements, rapid and often disruptive changes in technology, and the ever-evolving nature of work.
Morcos Key is the Brooklyn-based design studio of Jon(athan) Key and Wael Morcos. In their work, they often collaborate with arts and cultural institutions, nonprofits, and commercial enterprises in North America and the Middle East. Their goal is to create visual systems that demonstrate how thoughtful conversation and formal expression make for impactful design.Learn more