Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability
I don’t like the frame, “universal basic income will save us from technology” (how about, “UBI will allow us all to benefit from technology?”), but otherwise, this is a great piece. Even Google founder Larry Page thinks, “When we have computers that can do more and more jobs, it’s going to change how we think about work….You can’t wish it away.”
One way to increase the number of worker-owned co-ops in the US? Convince retiring baby boomer business owners to sell to their employees.
Looking for some ideas about how to democratize the economy? Why not join the fight against work?
Peers has launched a radical redesign of their website, with much more focus on sharing tips & services for people working in the sharing economy.
Reputation, reputation, reputation
“…the divide between who has a device, as opposed to who has the data, reflects an important and widening disparity in the ownership of information…” On surveillance in the workplace.
Full disclosure—I wear a Fitbit. Not sure I’m ready for that data to be shared in court (I take the stairs when I can! I promise!).
How are co-ops using digital? In all kinds of ways.
The always-excellent Ben Werdmuller has written a post about how to write open source web apps. Even if you don’t code, it’s a good read. Because “It’s never okay to be a dick” is great advice in almost any context.
What’s Going on in the Workforce?
A new study shows that 10M British jobs could be replaced through automation, over the next 20 years.
Do you collect data in your work, and need a place to store and analyze it? Check out this project, researching the feasibility of a data co-op.
Tremendously interesting piece on whether online platforms like Lyft, Uber & AirBnBn do enough to protect users from discrimination, on both sides of transactions.