Innovation for Jobs

Innovation for Jobs

About i4j

i4j Innovation for Jobs has pioneered how innovation will tailor education and jobs for all, creating the best value from unique skills, talents, passions.The potential market for innovation-for-jobs ecosystems is larger than the world economy until now. i4j provides the thought leaders and ideas for building the innovation-for-jobs economy.


Vint Cerf, Co-Chair

Vinton G. Cerf is Co-Chair and Co-Founder of i4j. He is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google and contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University.

Anders Flodstrom, Board Member

Anders Flodström is a co-founder of i4j and a board member of IIIJ. He is a former University Chancellor of Sweden. At present he is the Education Director for EIT ICTLabs and former GB member and vice-Chair for EIT. EIT is a Horizon 2020 supported ERB initiative to meet European Challenges within key areas as ICT, Energy and Climate. Read more.


David Nordfors, CEO

David Nordfors is CEO and co-founder of IIIJ and the co-chair of the i4j Summit together with Vint Cerf. He was previously co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Communication at Stanford University. He has served on World Economic forum Global Agenda Councils and was one of the WEF Innovation 100 in 2009. Read more.

Guido van Nispen, COO

Guido van Nispen’s privileged position inside powerful, both seasoned and young, innovative and market-leading organisations and networks exposed him to many industry trend and player, and pads his network with a roster of interesting and influential contacts. Guido prefers working in social enterprise environments as that offers the opportunity to put real change into action in a sustainable way whilst creating a solid business. Read more.

Tammy Chan, Operations Director

Tammy has a multidisciplinary background, including over 10+ years in Corporate Finance and Informational Technology. She holds a Bachelor in Science degree in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego. She is currently working in the nonprofit sector as Operations leader for ~$1M organization that involves IT, Finance, HR, and Facilities in Oakland. Read more.

Tanya Alvarado, Administrative Assistant

Tanya has more than 12 years of experience as an Administrative Coordinator. She spent 15 years in the gaming industry, using her passion for employee satisfaction and process improvement to promote from administrative roles to supervisory and managerial assignments in gaming and hospitality areas. Read more.

Mission Statement

IIIJ’s purpose is to advance the state of innovation through communication of the means, methods, challenges and objectives of individual and organizational participation in the innovation economy. To carry out that purpose, the organization will conduct programmatic activities through which organizations and individuals can pursue their interest in advancing innovation. The organization seeks to bridge academic and professional activities, offering a space for such activities to interact. The organization intends to enable public discussion on (i) the ability to innovate, (ii) facilitating the innovation economy and democratic society, (iii) enabling emerging innovation concepts and methodologies, (iv) promoting the interaction between the main actors in innovation systems, and (v) observing and reporting on what is happening in innovation value chains.

The organization’s activities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Organizing and supporting fellowships for professional development
  2. Organizing and supporting academic research
  3. Organizing and supporting conferences and workshops
  4. Facilitating and supporting virtual communities and networking
  5. Publishing in traditional and new media
  6. Promoting the enhancement of innovation through presentations, panel
    discussions, colloquia, and conferences, directly sponsored by the Corporation or in
    collaboration with third parties
  7. The establishment of, maintenance of, and enhancement of relationships with
    public and private agencies and organizations interested in fostering innovation as a
    means for connecting innovation with the public interest
  8. Promoting the understanding of how innovation processes and innovation
    ecosystems interact with and compete for public attention, with the news media as an
    intermediating actor


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.

In a “people-centered economy,” people make themselves valuable by helping others make themselves worthy. When one earns more, others earn more, too and the economy grows. “I earn better when you earn better” is—and always was—the golden rule of meaningful work, good business, and a healthy economy. Artificial intelligence should be used to embed significant work in the heart of every sound business practice. But today, innovation mostly helps people spend, not earn, better or to take jobs out of the work process, and this needs to be brought to balance.

Diversity and inclusion become excellent opportunities for entrepreneurs since this is about talented undervalued people who could create a lot of value—thus good customers of entrepreneurs innovating jobs.

i4j, Innovation for Jobs by IIIJ Foundation, has four goals:

  1. Collectively, start building a movement that aims to catalyze a “people-centered economy” (PCE for short)
  2. Creating a shared understanding of what a people-centered economy is, and how it differs from the current state
  3. Creating a shared vision of AI and technology helping more people lead more fulfilling work and personal lives
  4. Building a shared understanding of the ecosystem of innovators working to bring this future to reality.