Who We Are

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i4j Innovation for Jobs is a global leadership forum organized by the IIIJ Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with headquarters in Silicon Valley.

People need to earn in order to spend, but almost all innovation is to encourage spending. There is very little innovation for earning better, and virtually no inno­vation for earning a living.

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i4j is changing this by developing and testing a framework of ideas for a people-centered economy, where companies compete to raise the value of people as much as for lowering costs. The goal is a sustainable innovation economy where people do meaningful work with people they like, creating value for people they do not know, providing for people they love.

About Our Community

Focusing on Solutions

While scores of forums are now discussing the problem of job destruction, I4j, Innovation for Jobs, remains one of the very few dedicated to the solutions. We started before others in 2011 as an activity at Stanford University, and have now created a strong collection of ideas and an influential, eclectic community of several hundred thought leaders who can inform innovation to redirect AI to create good jobs for most people. Our purpose is to let innovation disrupt unemployment by creating a People-Centered Economy,  PCE for short. Read more.

People Centered Economy

From the Blog

Selected Posts

i4j Thought Leader: Pete Hartigan

By David Nordfors | May 23, 2017

Pete Hartigan is Managing Partner of Marketplace Funds Produced by Martin Wasserman

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i4j Thought Leader: Esther Wojcicki

By David Nordfors | May 23, 2017

Esther Wojcicki, founder and long time director of the Palo Alto H.S. journalism program, and author of the recent book … Read morei4j Thought Leader: Esther Wojcicki

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The Gig Economy

By David Nordfors | March 12, 2016
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How synesthesia helps me to “read” people

By David Nordfors | August 18, 2015

(This post is a comment on ‘How To Disrupt Unemployment‘ by Vint Cerf and David Nordfors, which provocatively – and not … Read moreHow synesthesia helps me to “read” people

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You Won’t Be Automated: Innovation for Jobs

By David Nordfors | April 12, 2015

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that … Read moreYou Won’t Be Automated: Innovation for Jobs

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