As prepared for delivery; National Press Club; Washington DC, April 2, 2014
I would like to thank Jared Bernstein and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities for putting together today’s event. The Center’s voice on these issues is vital to the public and policy discourse. There are few like it.
Rockefeller’s mission has remained the same for the past 101 years: to promote the well being of humanity around the world. In this century we do this by building Resilience, both to acute shocks and to chronic stresses; and by advancing Inclusive Economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity.
The topic of today’s discussion – full employment – is essential to the advancement of inclusive economies. Without full employment too many face an upward struggle to get by and to get ahead. Without full employment those at the back of the employment line will stay there. That’s why the discussion is so important.
Let me say a couple words about Philanthropy. There has been much attention laced on the supply-side of the equation: education reform, skill development and training, credentialing, etc. This is valuable and needed. But people also need a job at the end of the day, so we also need to pay attention on the demand side, and to do what we can to foster job creation and full employment. That is why the Rockefeller Foundation is pleased to support this effort.
Again, that you to Jared and the Center on Budget for putting this event together.