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Race Against the Machine Catalyst Learning

Good Jobs, Good Companies and a Sustainable American Economy

The Hitachi Foundation's recent Pioneer Employer Hospital Initiative seeks to discover and promote the next generation of best practices in workforce management.  Read customer Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare's case study to learn how School at Work complements other "grow your own" initiatives at the organization.

Catalyst Learning's work with The Hitachi Foundation continued when Founder and CEO Lynn Fischer participated in a recent MIT-Hitachi Foundation sponsored Action Lab focused on strategies for building a sustainable economy.  M Erik Brynjolfsson, Economist and Director of the M.I.T. Center for Digital Business, as well as co-author of the book, Race Against the Machine, spoke about the demand for new skills that keep up with the digital progress of the last few decades.  He argued that an increasing reliance on technology has been great for business but fuels a growing socioeconomic inequality as companies have increased profits without increasing their workforce.

Brynjolfsson stated that technology can accomplish things that only a few years ago were thought to be beyond the reach of computers, yet computers tend to be narrow and literal-minded, good at assigned tasks but at a loss when a solution requires intuition and creativity - human traits. A partnership is the path to job creation in the future. Click here to read the New York Times article about Brynjolfsson's work and learn what he says is the key to wining the race against the machine.

Contact Lynn ( to learn more about the action lab's conclusions.

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