Michigan Future, Inc.
, in its 2006 report, A New Agenda for a New Michigan
stated: "We have come to believe that Michigan's decline is caused, in
large part, because Michigan—its citizens, enterprises, and
communities—has been slow to adapt to a rapidly changing global economy
– what Thomas Friedman calls the flat world
only reliable path to a high-prosperity Michigan is to be concentrated
in knowledge-based enterprises. What most distinguishes successful
communities is their concentration of talent, where talent is defined
as a combination of knowledge, creativity, and entrepreneurship."
report presents a number of strategic priorities that are critical in
turning around the economic prospects of both the state and our region.
The number one priority is to build a culture aligned with the flat
The report states: "What matters most are the attitudes
and beliefs of citizens about getting ahead in a world of constant
change. Our expectations about the economy and how an individual
constructs a good-paying career are a big driver of how successful we
will be in the future. The stories we tell each other and our children
about how to succeed matter because they guide action.
need today's stories to be aligned with the realities of the flat
world. Long-standing beliefs Michiganders hold about the economy are
now impediments to our future success. We operate against a substantial
headwind unless we change our expectations about:
• The ability to get a good job without post-secondary education
Being entitled to a secure job with good pay and benefits, as long as
you do a good job, whether your employer is successful or not.
"The evidence is clear that the most reliable path to economic success is post-secondary education."
Earlier this year, EPIC-MRA conducted a poll on behalf of Your Child, the Skillman Foundation and The Detroit News. United Way for Southeastern Michigan
received permission to replicate a number of the original questions in
order to receive broader community input on education. Educational
preparedness is a key component of United Way's new Agenda for Change,
as well as one of the five core areas for One D, with both New Detroit
and United Way serving as champions.
The survey allows both parents and non-parents to participate.
To take the survey, click here.