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Category: Work – meaning & future

The Philosopher-for-Hire Who Says Meaningful Work Is an Illusion

“Even for someone like Elon Musk, meaningful work is a logical impossibility. This is the sort of thing Taggart discusses with his ‘conversation partners’ […] To get us on the right track, he’s been raising awareness, in lectures among other things, about ‘Total Work,’ the idea that today’s society shapes us not into reflective and civic-minded citizens but into Workers, people who live to be productive.”

Why Women’s Voices Are Missing from the Future of Work Debate

“Media firms, management consultancies, NGOs, business schools and economic modellers are all envisaging a new version of capitalism. This has led to an abundance of studies and reports […] These ideas claim to describe what is coming, yet they only offer a partial view of the future, as they have emerged from reports written in sectors that remain male-dominated and where female voices represent the minority.”

Sweatshops Aren’t Going to Last Forever

“Brands like Gap and H&M have long been able to shop around for outsourced suppliers, driving sweatshop conditions in newly industrializing countries. But their rising dependence on large, centralized suppliers is undermining the bases of the sweatshop model — and increasing workers’ power to fight for improvements.” – interview with Ashok Kumar, author of Monopsony Capitalism; Power and Production in the Twilight of the Sweatshop Age (Cambridge University Press, 2020)

Why Are Workers Getting Smaller Pieces of the Pie?

“It’s one of the biggest economic changes in recent decades: Workers get a smaller slice of company revenue, while a larger share is paid to capital owners and distributed as profits. Or, as economists like to say, there has been a fall in labor’s share of gross domestic product, or GDP. A new study co-authored by MIT economists uncovers a major reason for this trend: Big companies that spend more on capital and less on workers are gaining market share, while smaller firms that spend more on workers and less on capital are losing market share.”

The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics and the Future of Work

“In The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics and the Future of Work, Richard Baldwin provides a new analysis of how automation and globalisation could together shape our societies in the years to come. Drawing on numerous examples to keep readers engaged from cover to cover, this book is a tour de force, writes Wannaphong Durongkaveroj, discussing the past, present and future of globalisation and automation and their implications on the way we work.”

‘Two Hundred Years Back, One Hundred Years Ahead: From One Revolution to Another’

Two hundred years ago, a seemingly megalomaniac and even hopeless project was started in the West: overcoming poverty by creating more prosperity. This project was called “Progress”. Two hundred years later we can only conclude that this project was more successful than we could have anticipated. However, this project also has some serious shadow sides. As humanity we have to start a new, at first sight almost equally megalomaniac project for the next hundred years: making our prosperity sustainable.

Is There a Problem with Meaningful Work?

“The eminent philosopher Bertrand Russell, who died exactly 50 years ago at the impressive age of 97, once penned a polemic lauding laziness. […] The eight-hour work day, he argued, should be halved. ‘If the ordinary wage-earner worked four hours a day,’ he wrote, ‘there would be enough for everybody and no unemployment—assuming a certain very moderate amount of sensible organization.’ Yet, far from diminishing from life, work today has instead permeated it to an alarming degree.”

Why Uber Works Will Probably Be Great for Businesses But Not for Gig Economy Workers

“Uber is still best known as a ride-hailing platform but it has been branching out into other industries. Food (Uber eats), electric scooters and bicycles (Jump), and now shift work with the launch of Uber Works. It is being trialled in Chicago, with plans to launch elsewhere soon, and enables casual workers such as cleaners, bar staff and warehouse workers to find work.”

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