Pursue Inclusive Innovation

Introduction

The United States needs to pursue innovation inclusively, with benefits shared broadly across diverse groups and communities throughout society.

Policies that help level the playing field and equip all workers with innovation-ready skills will keep the U.S. at the forefront of the world economy. Innovation and prosperity go hand-in-hand.

Key Trends

The innovation economy of the 21st century has the potential to create tremendous growth that ripples through the whole economy. Uneven participation and lack of opportunity jeopardize technological progress and limit future economic growth.

3 %
Hispanic and African-American workers have made up only 3% of total entrepreneurial and venture capital firms since 1990.

Gender Gap

Women Make Up Only 22% of STEM Workforce

“Inclusive working culture, it is critical to our future. You want diverse workforces.”
Ginni Rometty
IBM, CEO

Technology Change is Disrupting Labor Market

An estimated 13 - 54 million U.S. workers may need to switch into new occupational fields through 2030.

Rural America Lacks Access

Computer

Smartphone
Tablet
  • U.S. Rural Adults
Rural America Left Behind: Rural Americans are 7-12% less likely to have a smartphone, desktop/laptop or tablet than those in urban or suburban areas.

Policy Recommendations

The United States needs to pursue innovation inclusively, with benefits shared broadly across diverse groups and communities throughout society. Below are our recommendations on how to achieve these goals.