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Two books have become part of the dialog on the current paradigm shift, The Creative Class by Richard Florida, and The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. Their main points can be summarized by the tension between creative individuals who are able to teach themselves how to live and work anywhere, and the rise of global multinationals, like Walmart and Google, who have increasing power over our information and life choices. The emerging question is who will control the future of our global society and economy and what risks do we face which we do not yet understand?

          Using Renee's short course on creating an online electronic portfolio, create one.
 http://eportfoliocourse.bravehost.com/   Take a good look at the Sample Portfolio and click on each of the links.

            OR using www.monster.com create an online resume. Sign in and explore the free options and resources.

            OR You can post your skills and web-based achievements at
                   www.facebook.com  or at www.linkedin.com

    OR other web-based means of promoting yourself
           as a great potential employee.

You can find articles on social media by googlings search phrases like “reputation marketing”
Here is a listing of articles

Check out Randall Pinkett's Newsletter and see how he promotes himself with a video and many social networking sites. He won the first Apprentice TV show a couple years ago.

Learn about Reputation Marketing using Social Media  at www.chrisbrogan.com   

See also www.guykawasaki.com who has a video resume and tips for tech business startups.

President Obama advises all Americans  to engage in retraining,
                                     community service and use of social networking.

Summarized below. Full text online at  http://www.barackobama.com/issues/technology/#modern-communications  

Science, Technology and Innovation for a New Generation

The Problem                                                                                                                                 

We need to connect citizens with each other to engage them more fully and directly in solving the problems that face us. We must use all available technologies and methods to open up the federal government, creating a new level of transparency to change the way business is conducted in Washington and giving Americans the chance to participate in government deliberations and decision-making in ways that were not possible only a few years ago.

America risks being left behind in the global economy: Revolutionary advances in information technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology and other fields are reshaping the global economy. Without renewed efforts, the United States risks losing leadership in science, technology and innovation. As a share of the Gross Domestic Product, American federal investment in the physical sciences and engineering research has dropped by half since 1970.

Too many Americans are not prepared to participate in a 21st century economy: A recent international study found that U.S. students perform lower on scientific assessments than students in 16 other economically developed nations, and lower than 20 economically developed nations in math performance. Only one-third of middle class physical science teachers are qualified to teach in that subject, and only one-half of middle school math sciences have educational background in that subject area.

Prepare Adults for a Changing Economy

·         Lifelong Retraining:Obama and Biden will reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act, and increase resources for community colleges and lifelong learning initiatives to ensure our citizens can continue to gain new skills throughout their lifetimes. Obama and Biden will also modernize and expand the existing system of trade adjustment assistance to include workers hurt by changing trade patterns. They will also create flexible education accounts that workers can use to retrain. And they will expand and fully fund apprenticeship programs to help workers get credentials and skills in crafts that reward that investment with a middle class income and benefits.

·         Create a national network of public-private business incubators: Obama and Biden will support entrepreneurship and spur job growth by creating a national network of public-private business incubators. Business incubators facilitate the critical work of entrepreneurs in creating start-up companies. Obama and Biden will invest $250 million per year to increase the number and size of incubators in disadvantaged communities throughout the country.

·         Invest in the sciences: Obama and Biden support doubling federal funding for basic research and changing the posture of our federal government from being one of the most anti-science administrations in American history to one that embraces science and technology. This will foster home-grown innovation, help ensure the competitiveness of U.S. technology-based businesses, and ensure that 21st century jobs can and will grow in America.

·         Deploy next-generation broadband: Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe we can get broadband to every community in America through a combination of reform of the Universal Service Fund, better use of the nation's wireless spectrum, promotion of next-generation facilities, technologies and applications, and new tax and loan incentives.

In this Section

·         Ensure an open Internet.

·         Create a transparent and connected democracy.

·         Encourage a modern communications infrastructure.

·         Prepare all of our children for a 21st century economy.

·         Improve America's competitiveness.

·         Employ science and technology to solve our nation's most pressing problems.

More on Technology

·         Watch More Videos

·         Read the Plan

·         Read Obama's Technology and Innovation Plan   

·         http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/issues/technology/Fact_Sheet_Innovation_and_Technology.pdf

·         Obama Blueprint for Change:    http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/ObamaBlueprintForChange.pdf

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