November 28, 2017

The Opportunity Project - A New Social Contract for a Changing World

The Opportunity Project


If we are to continue to experience the growth we need to fuel our economic success, we need a new social contract.
Now is not the time for incremental improvements to an old playbook. We need transformational thinking.

The global economy has undergone a transformation that has shaped our lives in ways that we are only now starting to understand. While many are grappling with the skills gap and some the “future of work,” there has been no consistent national dialogue that is by business, for business in confronting the opportunities and challenges facing today’s workforce.

The Chamber Foundation believes the free enterprise system has been, and will continue to be, the single greatest promoter of opportunity in America. Developed in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's International Affairs Division and Chamber Technology Engagement Center, the Opportunity Project collaborative white paper calls on businesses, workers, and the government to embrace the new economy, analyze the challenges we face, and identify the roles and the solutions that will lead to the path forward towards managing the opportunities and risks that come with change and help us thrive.

The major forces and trends addressed in this paper include:

  • Technology and Automation
  • Global Trade
  • Structural Changes in the Economy
  • Changing Workplaces and Employment Relationships
  • Changing Geography of Job Opportunities
  • Declining Trust in Economic and Political Institutions

Stay tuned in 2018 as we begin to take action. Email us at to join this ever growing movement. 

This paper was authored by:

Tyszko, executive director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce, works on issues related to innovation and reform in education and workforce development. He has an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from DePaul University.
Sheets, a research professor at The George Washington University Institute of Public Policy, works on issues related to higher education, workforce development, and credentialing. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.