One of the core economic issues of the day is what is happening to employment opportunities. On one end of the spectrum, jobs in traditional industries are being increasingly automated; on the other side, a stunning number of young adults are seen to be under-educated, underemployed, or poorly trained, leading to much hand wringing over the skills gap.
It’s our belief that craftsmanship’s principles of creativity, integrity, and durability can do a lot to help close the skills gap; expand tomorrow's job options; and revive community health.
Most discussions about tomorrow's workforce needs tend to be heavily skewed to high-tech environments. In 2018, we published a year-long series on how the principles of craftsmanship can broaden the way we talk about, and shape, those jobs. We are now working with our partners to build on those findings in areas such as education and environmental sustainability.
1. Shine a light on the masters who exemplify craftsmanship's values of excellence, which can help us create a world built to last.
2. Create a Craftsmanship Collaboration to spark conversations that can develop a shared vocabulary—about what skill and success mean in today’s culture.
3. Use the Craftsmanship Collaboration’s partnerships to broaden job opportunities. We strive to find new pathways that blend industry with science and the arts.
SPRING 2018, published in March.
A collection of deep looks at the job needs of tomorrow, and the skills they require. The issue includes a profile of a self-made "Urban Farmer" in Oakland, Calif., and "A New Renaissance Man" in New England. Each of these stories examine how, in different ways, the values of craftsmanship can survive the spread of automation.
SUMMER 2018, published in June.
Explorations of the almost lost tradition of apprenticeship, and what differentiates today's good apprenticeships from the bad ones. We will zero in on a few fields where apprenticeships are still alive and well (like carpentry), surviving in a different form (like medical training), or taking new shape (like software coding).
FALL 2018, published in September: The future of tomorrow’s communities. On this front, we are most aware of the inequities that have eroded civic life in our cities. Clearly, the pressures and rewards in America’s communities need re-balancing, and this begins with how we approach the work people do. In short, our series ends by articulating a vision for the craft of community.