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What's Got MDC Buzzing?

What's Got MDC Buzzing?

Here's what's got MDC buzzing for the week of October 1, 2012:

  • In September, the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project released a report detailing connections between education and economic security. In “A Dozen Economic Facts About K-12 Education,” Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney provide examples of how positive K-12 outcomes influence long-term earnings, health, and family stability. Check out this graphic that suggests a relationship between education and life-expectancy:

 

  • This week, Bridgespan announced their updated website, a “nonprofit resource that explores all facets of building effective mission-driven organizations.” Merging Bridgestar and Bridgespan content, they’ve created a one-stop shop to learn about and comment on organizational development and leadership in the nonprofit sector. 
  • In a Wall Street Journal blog post this week, Michael Derby looks at who has “take the hit from the rise of the machines”: it’s the middle-skilled office workers and factory laborers. According to a Federal Reserve Bank of New York report, high-skill jobs are resistant to automation, instead seeing technology complementing—not replacing—required tasks. Low-skill jobs often require personal contact, so there’s no risk of offshoring. But middle-level jobs, with average annual wages between $25,000 and $40,000, are often the hardest hit in recessions, and the least likely to recover during rebounds. The Fed report lists education and training as an important barrier against job loss for the middle-skilled worker, but this definitely lifts up again the importance of improving the quality of jobs and providing essential work supports during downturns.
  • Knowing the unique history, culture, and people of communities is central to MDC’s place-based work. Test your assumptions about place with this map game. (C’mon! It’s Friday! See if you actually know where Kansas is.)