Giving Compass’ Take:
• This Aspen Institute post explores some of the new tools and research that could help businesses improve job quality, with the hope of making progress in 2019.
• From microfinancing for individual entrepreneurs to expanding health care, what are the key elements to this effort? How can philanthropy play a greater role?
In many ways, despite a strong economy, 2018 was a tough year for people looking for better economic opportunities. While people can find jobs or “gigs,” can they find work that supports a family? While people are free to start businesses, can they access financing on terms that support business success? We know that for far too many the answers to these questions are no and no. We continue to see widening economic inequality; economic disadvantage exacerbated by gender, geography, race and ethnicity; and declining economic mobility.
But in the face of these headwinds, we also saw innovation and determination, among community development finance institutions and workforce development organizations that have renewed their focus on job quality, equity, and inclusion, and from a range of institutions — from businesses to labor advocates to economic development to higher education — that are finding new ways to work together to address a shared concern for the crisis of economic opportunity facing many Americans.
In 2018, the Economic Opportunities Program had the privilege of working with an extraordinary set of leaders who are innovating to improve job quality; organizing and building new alliances to advance equity and inclusion; opening access to education and advancement; and connecting entrepreneurs to appropriate financing.
Read the full article about advancing economic opportunity in the New Year by Maureen Conway at The Aspen Institute.
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