You don’t need to bike to work if you never leave the house (or is that just me)

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

We might not be fully successful at promoting bike lanes, but I guess it’s also good for the planet if people stop commuting at all?

“Sharing” economy startup Appear (Here) wants to let you book pop-up space for YOUR start up business.

Vermont wants ride-sharing companies to add more insurance to cover personal injuries when drivers don’t have a rider in the car. Uber & Lyft, predictably, are opposing the bill.

Pre-paid cards and Wal-Mart are both generally terrible—but together, they’re trying to get low-income Americans to save.

Reputation, reputation, reputation

Oh Uber, maybe focus less on the gimmicks, and more on making your company less of a dumpster fire?

Organizing Theory

Interesting first-person account of shareholder activism, by two professors who decided to step out of academia.

From Partners

Nerd alert! Descartes Labs is building a set of maps that will allow global forecasting.

Geeking Out

Steve Ballmer (yes, that Steve Ballmer) just launched a website designed to increase awareness of government spending.

It’s not every day that a person who admits, in the first paragraph of a story, to making $700K a year writes a piece that I find sympathetic. But this essay on how poverty is a disease—and the cure is not meritocracy—managed to pull it off.

Cage match: thumbs up vs. five stars?

Reputation, reputation, reputation

Should gig economy companies dump the five-star rating system for a thumbs-up/thumbs-down, like Netflix just did? Or maybe just stop terminating workers for being anything less than close to perfect?

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

Etsy’s a sharing economy company that seems particularly committed to sustainability. Check out their efforts to track—and reduce—waste in all their corporate offices, worldwide.

Cities in the UK are interested in learning how to better support worker cooperatives from the US’s Democracy Collaborative.

Will a bilingual financial app help close the wealth gap between whites and Latinos?

From Partners

Journalist friends: the New Economy Coalition is giving $1K grants to reporters that cover the new economy. See here for info.

What’s Going on in the Workforce

FedEx has started using robots, instead of people, to deliver things inside its repair facility.

Ontario may become one of the first governments in the world to seriously regulate temporary employment—including banning the practice of perma-temping.

Yet another of Uber’s business practices has been called into question. And it’s called “Hell” inside the company, so they probably had some inkling when they started the thing…

It’s sometimes hard to tell if the gig economy is driving a race to the bottom in online-only work, in part because it’s hard to know what to compare it to. If an American company hires you to transcribe something, and you’re sitting in the Phillipines, are you undercutting American workers? Filipino workers? Whose labor laws apply?

Organizing Theory

Indivisible has given millions of Americans insight into how to hold Congresspeople accountable. What if we had similar guides in how to influence the regulatory process of government departments?

The US is no longer shaming employers who kill or injure workers.

The Perils of Trumpism

In the Trump Administration, OSHA is not only no longer shaming employers publicly for killing workers—they’ve also lost the ability to enforce safety violations that happened more than 6 months before a firm is cited.

What’s Going on in the Workforce

What’s going on inside Costco’s corporate culture, that makes it so different than other shopping behemoths?

The EEOC just settled one of the largest age discrimination cases in US history against a restaurant chain.

The UK group that represents HR professionals has done a study of the gig economy there, and made some recommendations about what it means for the future of work across the pond.

So you wanna talk about the impact of robots on jobs in the US? Here’s a paper that involves lots of math & shiny equations. Bonus points if you can explain “commuting zones” in language the president can understand. The IMF is also forecasting that technology is taking a bigger bite out of workers’ wages than trade is, worldwide.

From Partners

This new ProPublica study demonstrates that auto insurers discriminate, in selling insurance, on the basis of race.

Geeking Out

Which companies are best poised to profit from self-driving cars? Hint: not necessarily Uber.

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

Take a step beyond Universal Basic Income to learn about Universal Basic Assets.

Habitat for Humanity is launching a campaign to raise money & awareness around affordable housing—in part in reaction to Trump’s HUD budget cuts.


In NYC? Go see friend-o’-the-blog Sarah Jaffe at the Workmen’s Circle, later this month.

Flying taxis may be here sooner than you think

Geeking Out

Pizza* by robot, coming to Europe this summer.

Well, we might be getting flying taxis sooner than you think.

What’s Going on in the Workforce

UPS thinks that 3D printing is likely to disrupt the global supply chain, so they’re retooling some warehouses to be able to house printing supplies and services, instead of goods shipped from elsewhere.

In stark contrast to the Treasury secretary, apparently the CEO of Yum Brands believes that fast food workers will be replaced by robots in the next 10 years.

And on that note—here’s the MIT Tech Review’s take on robotic grocery stores.

Organizing Theory

h/t to my coworker Anza Becnel, the organizer who conducted a warrants clinic that helped 1300+ New Orleanians to get out from under traffic warrants that kept them from being able to move forward—because they couldn’t afford to pay outstanding tickets.

Tenant organizers partnered with a non-profit startup to launch an app for documenting landlord violations.

From Partners

The fine gents at Future Left interviewed me for their podcast last week on the future of work/future of labor. Listen here. (You’ll have to do that for me, because I can’t listen to the sound of my own voice without cringing.)

Reputation, reputation, reputation

Since Congress wants your browsing history to be a commodity, why not give those pesky ISPs even more than they’ve asked for? Check out the new plug-in, Noiszy, which creates additional data “noise” while you’re browsing. And here’s an article from the creator, explaining why it’s a good idea.

*Assuming that you accept Dominos as pizza.