“In the 1950s and ’60s, American economic growth democratized prosperity. In the 2010s, we have managed to democratize financial insecurity.”

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

PS Mag, on the need for a new social contract. Need more evidence? Read this. “In the 1950s and ’60s, American economic growth democratized prosperity. In the 2010s, we have managed to democratize financial insecurity.”

h/t to NELP’s Rebecca Smith for sending this my way—a report on an experiment in helping low-wage childcare workers in Appalachia save for retirement, done by WISER.

Organizing Theory

Last week, I gave a talk at the People at Work Summit, the first-ever online coworking conference that took place over 24 hours. One of my fellow presenters, Vanessa Gennarelli, did a talk on how to get over the fear of asking for money, including this nifty toolkit for putting your fundraising pitch together. Check it out.

From Partners

Coopify is an about-to-launch app that seeks to provide the benefits of having a distribution platform to worker-owned coops.

Shareable is looking for case studies of ways that cities are reimagining themselves, for a new book. Sectors of particular interest include housing, food, mobility & work.

And speaking of the newly-launched, check out Spendrise, which launched last week in New York–and look for an interview with founder Eric Shih sometime in May.

What’s Going on in the Workforce

If you’re a regular reader of this email, you probably already know that Uber settled two class action lawsuits last week, that included their acknowledgement that they need some kind of drivers’ organization. Here’s HuffPo’s Dave Jamieson on whether it will have any power.

On a related note, as part of the Uber settlement, drivers will now be able to accept tips—but just in cash, not through the app. Tylt wants to know—will you tip your Uber driver?

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