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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.

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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

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Future of Work: Great Jobs As A Service. The Worker is the Customer

By David Nordfors | May 23, 2017

David Nordfors is CEO of the IIIJ Foundation, and co-founder and co-chair of the Innovation 4 Jobs Summit.  Producer: Martin Wasserman David explains the provocative idea behind the i4j Summit 2017. From the worker’s point of view, a job is a service for earning a living.  Every worker wants a good service, but it is … Read moreFuture of Work: Great Jobs As A Service. The Worker is the Customer

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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: Kartik Gada

By David Nordfors | May 23, 2017

Kartik Gada, investment banker and Executive Director at Woodside Capital Partners, where he specializes in AI investments. Producer: Martin Wasserman

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i4j Thought Leader: Joon Yun

By David Nordfors | May 23, 2017

Joon Yun, M.D., President of Palo Alto Investors LLC which invests heavily in healthcare. He recently agreed to donate a $1,000,000 prize for progress in reversing the aging process. Producer: Martin Wasserman

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i4j Thought Leader: Curt Carlson

By David Nordfors | May 23, 2017

Curt Carlson, former President and CEO of SRI International, Founder and CEO of Practice of Innovation, and a leading expert in the field of innovation. Producer: Martin Wasserman

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