“The difference between a rich society and a poor one is the number of problems that society solves for its citizens…”

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Tomorrow at 10:15 am eastern, watch the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program as they discuss financial choices that on-demand economy workers make and are given. Livestream will be here.

“The difference between a rich society and a poor one is the number of problems that society solves for its citizens, and what that means is that technological innovation, which is how you solve problems, is the source of all prosperity.” Nick Hanauer, on how civic tech is a disruptive company’s obligation.

Are you a digital campaigner and a person of color? The Kairos Fellowship is still accepting applications for their 6-month paid fellowship. Deadline is October 25th.

Geeking Out

Wordrates is a newly-launched platform for journalists to rate editors and periodicals, and get help pitching stories.

What’s Going on in the Workforce

Here’s a new twist on ride-sharing: drive (or ride in) a car covered with advertising. For drivers—you’ll get a free car. For riders—the rides are free. Advertisers, you guys are still gonna have to pay.

We hear a lot about the so-called “skills mismatch” where employers complain about how recent graduates aren’t learning the things that they want in an employee. Zoe Baird (yes, THAT Zoe Baird) has some thoughts about what employers might do to make it easier for students & academic institutions to prepare for the jobs of today.

Will the gradual move to AI mean that access to professional skills like architecture or the practice of medicine are democratized?

Sarah Kessler takes a look at how on-demand companies are filling a niche that temp agencies can’t.

Peers’ Shelby Clark, on the results of a recent internal survey, showing that on-demand workers want benefits, but not to be employees.

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