Workforce Development

Twitter Chat: Building Ladders and Raising the Floor

October 28, 2016  • Economic Opportunities Program

What constitutes a “good” job?

How do poor-quality jobs affect workers?

How can we improve job quality for low-wage workers?

The Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program discussed these questions and more during this week’s #talkgoodjobs Twitter chat, Building Ladders and Raising the Floor, inspired by EOP’s recent Working in America event of the same name.

The conversation convened a multitude of voices from across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, who offered a diversity of perspectives on improving the quality of low-wage work. From community and collective action to job training to government policy and changes in employer practices, participants delivered a wide-ranging array of ideas on building ladders and raising the floor for low-wage workers.

To view a summary of this digital discussion, check out the Storify collection below, and be sure to view the full Working in America panel — jointly hosted with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City — by visiting

To stay up-to-date on this topic and more, be sure to follow the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative on Twitter by visiting, and keep the conversation going all the time using the hashtag #talkgoodjobs!