A Note from the Publisher

America faces a challenging economy and difficult road back to prosperity. Yet, in every challenge there is opportunity, and one of the United States’ greatest assets is its capacity to create revolutionary products, solutions and ideas that change the world. American ingenuity is at its best when things look bleakest. The National Chamber Foundation (NCF) with its U.S. Chamber partners, our Fellows and Scholar Program and unique programming are dedicated to fostering the ideas and debate that will support a robust and innovative American economy.

The Future of American Success

Success has become a tricky word again in the business world. Robert Reich, a former secretary of labor and professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, considered the paradox of success more than 14 years ago. He saw that the notion of success triggered polarizing reactions in American society, and he argued that both the critics and optimists were right.

The topic of success has resurfaced today. Since 2011, the Occupy Wall Street movement has spurred the social cry of “We Are The 99%,” causing a backlash against the top income earners in the United States and leading to an uneven yet heated debate on questions of opportunity, privilege, and power.