Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability
If you work in the sharing economy, you might want to check out this new tool launched by the Collaborative Fund. And of course, you probably wanna check out today’s launch of the insurance exchanges, created by the Affordable Care Act.
Bike sharing programs are doing well in all kinds of cities–except the ones that require riders to wear a helmet. If you have a personal bike you’d like to share (or many other kinds of personal possessions), you might want to check out this new app, peerby.
Zacary Adam Green says Silicon Valley’s version of the sharing economy is “a temp agency crossed with a Zynga game.” PBS’s Idea Lab has a cure for that–“let’s make all apps more civic.” And Shareable is launching a new column by Denise Chang of MIT, to explore the future of work.
Want to make your local economy more democratic? Here are ten ways to make sure capital is invested in your neighbors and you. European readers who are interested in promoting some of these ideas might want to go to this meeting in Rome, in early November (because, well, Rome!). And while we’re pimping international efforts, Canadians should join The Media Co-op–they have openings on their board.
If you’ve got to have money, why not Occupy your money?
What’s Going On in the Workforce?
Reporters–think your industry has been disrupted enough already? Think again. Get ready for 3D immersive virtual reality journalism.
“There’s the whole ethical question of whether a country of freelancers is really the sort of place anyone wants to work in, but whatever.” Oof, PandoDaily. Here’s the future of cloud computing–HR management of freelancers. Take 10 minutes and watch this video about smart work changes that organizations need to make in the age of offices that can be anywhere. I guarantee you will not regret it. You might even be happier.
Is the teaching of writing, in the digital era, different from days gone by? This new book from CMU Press says yes.
If you haven’t yet watched The Take, you really should. Here, Nora Leccese goes back for a decade-later look, and finds out how Argentine workers are seeding workplace democracy overseas, as well.
Like Cassio, we understand it can hard to fix a damaged brand–whether it’s personal or corporate. Launching a new section this week:
Reputation, reputation, reputation
And it’s just in time–as Acxiom launches a new line of data products that will allow their clients to combine offline and online targeting data.
Civis Analytics has a cool new tool for mapping the uninsured by census tract. If you’re looking to target uninsured workers for ACA advocacy or enrollment, check it out.
The Singularity Approaches
But on the way there, we’ve gotta make sure it’s safe. The downside of this surgical robot, promoted by UC Irvine Med School docs? It’s been linked to 71 patient deaths.
That next “highway to the danger zone” may be flown by an empty fighter jet.
What makes robots move more like humans (or animals, I guess)? Tendons.
The cost of this 3D printer may make you rethink how quickly you’re prepared to put one in your kitchen. After all, if they’re good enough for NASA’s use in saving astronauts, they’re good enough for you.
Yahoo Japan helped a special needs school move into the 21st century, with a 3D printer that can be used by the visually impaired. You can donate model files to the school’s database, to expand the range of things that students can print.
I had a conversation with a disability rights activist lately about the issues in work & tech–he gave me a different way to look at it, pointing out that technology was the only thing allowing him, a person with a physical disability–the ability to live and work in the community. This piece reminded me of our conversation.
And finally–if you ever felt lied to by science fiction writers, because they’ve promised you a jet pack for years–I have good news. If you have $200,000 you’re not doing anything with. Sure, the price will come down eventually–but you’ll miss out on the joy of being an early adopter!