Building Skills for an Inclusive Economy

May 3, 2017
Wong Auditorium (2 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02142)

The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), along with Eric Schmidt and Robert DeLeo, addressed “Building Skills for an Inclusive Economy”, a panel highlighting how technology can close the skills gap, increase equity, and build a more inclusive economy.

Hosted by the IDE’s flagship initiative the Inclusive Innovation Challenge, the panel featured leading experts:


Eric Schmidt, Alphabet, Inc. Executive Chairman

Robert A. DeLeo, Massachusetts Speaker of the House

Erik Brynjolfsson, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Shawn Bohen, Year Up National Director for Growth & Impact        

Kara Miller (Moderator), WGBH Host and Executive Editor

Our panelists examined methods and efforts to close the opportunity gap and develop job-ready skills for the changing American and global economies. Topics included:

  • How job skills are changing and what skills will be required in the future of work
  • What strategies the MIT IDE and Year Up are undertaking to help people adjust to these changes
  • How these strategies can be further embedded into public policy, as well as state and local workforce programs

The event was held on Wednesday, May 3 at the MIT Sloan School of Management’s Wong Auditorium (2 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02142) from 3:30pm - 4:30pm.  An audience Q&A session was held at the conclusion of the panel. 

Read about the event in the Boston Herald and MIT Sloan.

We appreciate this engaging discussion of a grand challenge of our time -- creating shared prosperity for the many, not just the few, in the future of work.

An "on demand" version of the live stream is available below; the permanent version of the video is also available on our YouTube channel.