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By 2020, 65% of jobs in the U.S. will require some post-secondary education. Yet only 48% of adults have a four-year degree, two-year degree or workforce-relevant certificate.
What’s more, even those already in “good jobs” must learn new skills. The McKinsey Global Institute projects that within the next decade, about a third of the tasks performed in 60% of all occupations will change as a result of automation and artificial intelligence.
As Peter Drucker told us: “If knowledge isn’t challenged to grow, it disappears fast. It’s infinitely more perishable than any other resource we have ever had.”
With all of this in mind, the City of South Bend and the St. Joseph County Public Library decided to do something about it. Enter Bendable—a lifelong learning system designed to make residents more resilient in the face of rapid economic change by making essential educational resources radically accessible.
Bendable is on track to launch in June 2020.
The Drucker Institute, a nonprofit social enterprise based at Claremont Graduate University, is overseeing the creation of Bendable. Part digital and part place-based, the system was designed by IDEO. Google.org and Walmart.org, along with other public and philanthropic entities, funded the initiative.
If you would like more information about how Bendable works or where else it will be available, please submit your inquiry below or contact Lex Dennis of the Drucker Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org.