Atlantic and Microsoft Presents Report on Jobs and U.S. Economy Assisted by Microsoft Town Hall

The Atlantic magazine and Microsoft have teamed up to present a digital discussion on the "No. 1 issue in America" jobs and the economy.A special editorial section called "Jobs and the Economy of the Future" will run on The Atlantic's website until Feb. 18, and the digital discussion culminates in a live event on Wednesday […]

The Atlantic magazine and Microsoft have teamed up to present a digital discussion on the "No. 1 issue in America" jobs and the economy.

A special editorial section called "Jobs and the Economy of the Future" will run on The Atlantic's website until Feb. 18, and the digital discussion culminates in a live event on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., features interviews and panel discussions with national government and business leaders, entrepreneurs and college students. Speakers and participants will explore America's position in the world economy; the issues facing U.S. workers and businesses; the role of technology, entrepreneurship and innovation in the new economy; and ideas for job creation and getting the economy back on track.

""Microsoft Town Hall" tool started out as an incubation project in Microsoft's Platform Strategy Group (PSG), spearheaded by employees Marc Mercuri and Jamey Tisdale. The project continues through a collaboration between their two teams, PSG and Microsoft's Cloud Strategy Group.

Mercuri observed the huge number of people, organizations and businesses using social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as a way of engaging their audience and realized there was an opportunity for organizations to host their own social networks. These new networks would provide organizations with more control over the experience, more access to data to personalize experiences for their audiences, and remove the need to put a third-party in control of their social data, Mercuri said."

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