Americans, according to Brookings, have been getting better educated in the last half-century, but class gaps in post-secondary educational attainment remain large. College drop-outs have average earnings levels and unemployment rates closer to that of high school graduates than college graduates; Individuals born into families at the bottom of the income distribution who get a college degree have more upward mobility than those who do not; and parents pass on their educational advantage to the next generation. Most higher education models focus on getting students into college, but fewer focus on, and more importantly, tracking the obtainment of a diploma. Without the diploma, good intentioned individuals, organizations, and colleges cause HARM rather then help these students who are left without a diploma but with significant loans.
The theory of disruptive innovation teaches us that the establishment needs to pay attention to the exceptional or “non-consumers” of the social mobility system who have developed alternative models to current practices to what if offered by those in power. As background, a disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market leading firms, products and alliances. The term was defined and phenomenon analyzed by Clayton M. Christensen and coworkers beginning in 1995. Since the early 2000s, "signiﬁcant societal impact" has also been viewed as an aspect of disruptive innovation. Disruptive innovations tend to be produced by outsiders and entrepreneurs, rather than existing market-leading companies. A disruptive process can take longer to develop than by the conventional approach and the risk associated to it is higher than the other more incremental or evolutionary forms of innovations.
We have learned that the best correlation for individuals to earn family sustainable wages is either a higher education degree or a vocational certificate tied directly to a trade. Without a higher education degree or vocational certificate we know that individuals are usually “stuck” in the cycle of poverty for even if they successfully increase their earning potential their public benefit subsidies decrease at the same rate keeping them poor.
At this time of heightened time in which we are operating in a global economy this edition and symposium of the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal titled: SOCIAL INNOVATIONS TO ADVANCE SOCIAL MOBILITY MODELS IN URBAN CITIES, examines successful and innovative social mobility models in corporations, higher education, institutions, and social enterprises and offers strategies for them to scale or scale their impact. The edition concludes with policy and scaling recommendations that allows for a greater number of urban city residents to move up the economic – social mobility- ladder.
PSIJ will launch its next edition at an event:
Date and Time
Wed, February 21, 2018
1:45 PM – 6:00 PM EST
1700 Spring Garden Street
Community College of Philadelphia: Winnet Student Life Building
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Cost is $15. To register, go here.