csg national task forces
Introducing the CSG future of work National Task Force Members of CSG’s The Future of Work National Task Force met for the first time in June to hear experts and policymakers speak about workforce issues and to set goals for the work they will take on through 2019 and 2020. Kansas state Sen. Carolyn McGinn, who serves as co-chair of the task force with Colorado state Sen. Nancy Todd, opened the meeting with discussion about the past, present and future of the workforce —from the various trades of immigrants to the impact of generations entering the workforce now. She recalled being a kid watching The Jetsons and not believing the show would ever become a reality. “Now, when we think about autonomous cars, we’re getting pretty close to that,” McGinn said. “So, we’ve gone a long way in technology.”
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The Future of Work Task Force is divided into four subcommittees: The Workforce of Tomorrow; Smart Government; What’s Next? Embracing the Future; and Equity and Inclusion.
The Workforce of Tomorrow Subcommittee is examining how states can re-evaluate the links between education and careers to meet the demands of the future workforce. The Smart Government Subcommittee is exploring new perspectives on state governance and the delivery of state services that enhance the performance of state systems. The What’s Next? Embracing the Future Subcommittee is examining how governments, the private sector, communities and individuals can prepare for a future where everyone can live, work and grow in one’s community; benefit from emerging technology; and be successful in an evolving economy. Finally, the Equity
and Inclusion Subcommittee is exploring how states can promote and encourage equal opportunity and diversity in the new economy. “The topic that we are looking at today with workforce, I can’t help but go back and say, ‘Where does it all begin?’,” Todd said. “And it all begins in the classroom. It all begins with what we are doing in preparing our children for the future.” In addition to the task force co-chairs, each subcommittee has two co-chairs from different political parties and 10 members. You will be introduced to this diverse group throughout the following section of this special edition of Capitol Ideas. The following pages also delve into issues such as the gig economy, automation and artificial intelligence, and work-based learning. Members of the task force have two years to survey best practices and innovative state initiatives and will meet during planned task force meetings, some of which will be held at annual CSG National Conferences. The group will ultimately produce a report that will serve as a national framework for all states. Todd offered this advice to members of the task force as they prepared to meet in their subcommittees for the first time: “Listen to each other. Think about different perspectives. ‘My way or the highway’ will never work in a good, collaborative setting.”
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