Horizontalism: Why Innovation is Becoming the Introduction of New Common Language

We can not innovate faster than we can introduce new shared language. This is hard logics, it needs no analytics to be proven true. Because every innovation needs a name, so we can refer to it, a definition so that we know what it is (or isn’t) and a narrative so that we can relate to it. Otherwise […]

i4j Request for Comments: Defining Where New Jobs Come From

By Robert Cohen, Ph.D., Economic Strategy Institute i4j DC – Innovation for Jobs Summit, October 2014 The table here below shows competing stories about the current technological transformation and how it will create jobs. The second column summarizes the position of Brynjolfsson and McAfee in “The Second Machine Age”. The third column offers a new […]

Why Innovation For Jobs?

Vint Cerf and David Nordfors share ideas about the future of jobs and the i4j Innovation for Jobs Summit. A video made by Johnny Boston, award-winning film producer.

What is i4j?

  ‘New Narratives: Innovation for Jobs’ is a series by i4j (Innovation for Jobs) and the GPA exploring perspectives on important topics that will impact the future of work, jobs and employment. About i4j: (iiij.org/i4j) Innovation for Jobs conferences bring together individuals from the public and private sectors to discuss the changing economy. “We engage […]

Hugh McGrory: An Emphormatic Approach To Employment #i4jDC

By Hugh McGrory, Chief Innovation Officer, CultureShock Comment from i4j DC Current strategies and processes around employment (and education) are heavily skewed in favor of logical, mathematical and linguistic capabilities to the detriment of other awarenesses: musical/rhythmic, visual/spatial, bodily/kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalistic. Whether we see these as distinct types of intelligence or as abilities and […]

Governments Need Policies Combining Innovation and Jobs

This piece was written ahead of the i4j Paris Summit, co-organized by OECD, Google and IIIJ in September 2014. Governments need policies combining innovation and jobs, but it’s challenging to spend funds from employment budgets on innovation. Finance ministries want to know “when” and “how” the jobs will be created. Today, there are few models for […]


Some say all jobs may be automated. Perhaps next thing consumption will be automated, too, and then we are really in trouble. Seriously, something does not make sense with this way of thinking. Instead, innovation may disrupt unemployment. With a new mindset that appreciates the value of people, innovation can drive unemployment ‘out of business’. […]

The Missing Middle Class Jobs In the Second Machine Age

Wade Roush, San Francisco Bureau Head of Xconomy, summarizes his impressions from the i4j Menlo Park Summit last week (This is an excerpt – click here to read the whole article in Xconomy): So what can individuals do to adapt to an era when skill-biased technical change is the norm? What can policymakers do to put […]

Dale Dougherty: Making Jobs (Make Magazine)

Dale Dougherty, Editor-in-Chief of Make Magazine and father of the Maker movement was one of the selected participants in the i4j summit 2013. Here he blogs about his thoughts: Make Magazine: http://makezine.com/2013/03/25/making-jobs/ Teaching glass working at Artisan’s Asylum. Image by Chris Connors. Does innovation create jobs or just eliminate them? That was the question put […]

i4j Munich: Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister for Education (Deutsche Welle)