Beginning this month, WorkingNation will launch a wave of programming and outreach across media platforms with the goal of educating the American public about the changing world of work and fostering a widespread movement to meet and overcome the challenge.
"The simple truth is that the future of work and employment is changing - faster than we ever could have predicted - and we are not ready," said WorkingNation CEO Art Bilger. "In fact, most Americans are dangerously unaware that this looming crisis even exists. At WorkingNation, we aim to change that while there is still time."
WorkingNation's website, WorkingNation.com, and its weekly digital newsletter will serve as a hub of information and resources that explain the causes of the growing employability gap to the general public, highlight the stories of real-life Americans who are being affected by the looming crisis, and showcase the thought leaders and organizations that are working on scalable solutions to the problem.
WorkingNation has partnered with non-profit organizations across the country to promote and scale sustainable solutions that keep Americans working, including Year Up, Hope Street Group, Operation HOPE, Encore.org, America's Promise Alliance, Bard Center for Early College, College for Social Innovation, National League of Cities, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, and the McKinsey Social Initiative's Generation Program.
WorkingNation's outreach will begin with the launch of the "FutureProof Quiz", a public survey that asks users to confront the question, "How FutureProof Are You?" Through a series of targeted questions about one's own employment, education and skills, the "FutureProof Quiz" forces Americans to assess their own current and future employability risks and begin planning for the challenges ahead.
Take the FutureProof Quiz here.
In the coming months, WorkingNation will begin premiering a series of original programming from award-winning directors and producers that investigate the many aspects of the growing employability gap in the United States and its impact on middle class lives.
"The Slope of the Curve," an animated short film by two-time Academy Award-nominated documentarian Marshall Curry ("Street Fight", "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front") is available to watch at CNNMoney and WorkingNation.com. Narrated by "Black-ish" star Anthony Anderson, the short film uses humor, surprising data and an entertaining, constantly morphing animation style to define and explain the country's looming unemployment crisis in a relatable way.
Also premiering in September is "Jobs 2.0", a series of digital shorts by two-time Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple ("Harlan County, USA", "American Dream"). The documentary shorts highlight some of the inspiring examples of corporate, non-profit, and local government leaders who are already working to creative positive and lasting change.
Additional programming is in the works, including a series of WorkingNation-produced roundtable discussions with thought leaders and experts, and more. All content will be hosted on WorkingNation.com and will be distributed through one of WorkingNation's respected mainstream media partners.
WorkingNation was founded by venture capitalist Art Bilger. Bilger serves as CEO of WorkingNation and has assembled a team of talented journalists and media and non-profit executives to carry out its mission.
WorkingNation's content development team is led by two-time Peabody Award-winner Joan Lynch. Lynch is the former Vice President and Executive Producer of the Content Development group at ESPN, where she oversaw the development and production of the multi-award winning "30 for 30" documentary series.
For more information, visit WorkingNation.com.
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