Promoting a federal jobs guarantee program and more: ask about impacts instead of budgets and deficits. Policymakers must learn that the deficit is not an excuse to ignore inequality

By Stephanie Kelton, 5 Jan 2018 Budget deficits can be a very powerful weapon in the battle against poverty, inequality, economic environmental and social justice. I worry very much about the vilifying of budget deficits and the use and reliance and dependence on questions of how social spending will impact budget deficits, to the complete disregard for the impact of programs …

PUSH Buffalo has worked with neighbors to buy 120 parcels of land, renovate and rent out 84 green affordable apartments, and weatherize hundreds of homes

PUSH Buffalo has worked with neighbors to buy 120 parcels of land, renovate and rent out 84 green affordable apartments, and weatherize hundreds of homes. We took an abandoned building filled with garbage and turned it into our region’s first net-zero house – which creates as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year – training 43 …

Developing work and systems that distributive and generative from the start

Kate Raworth recognises that a dramatic new mindset is needed if we’re going to address the economic challenges of the 21st century. Her iconic book, Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist, argues that our economic activity should operate in a space that’s above a social foundation, and below an ecological ceiling. What this means in practice …

The huge price for letting unions die, and what we can still do about it

NYMag.com Jan 2018 There is power in a union. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The GOP understands how important labor unions are to the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party, historically, has not. If you want a two-sentence explanation for why the Midwest is turning red (and thus, why Donald Trump is president), you could do worse than that. With its financial contributions …

High school dropout reverse-engineers Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen’s theory of jobs to be done

Excerpt from Buzzfeed https://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/i-took-jake-pauls-educational-series In Paul’s overview of the rise and fall of social platforms, the high school dropout reverse-engineers Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen’s theory of jobs to be done. “We started to see that different platforms were there for different reasons,” he says. “And that’s really important for us as influencers, and me as Jake Paul, to understand is …

Dealing with a world with fewer jobs

By Andy Beckett Fri 19 Jan 2018 The Guardian “Work is … how we give our lives meaning when religion, party politics and community fall away.” Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative. Work is the master of the modern world. For most …

Do you work more than 39 hours a week? Your job could be killing you

Desk jobs are as dangerous as smoking and should come with a health warning.  Long hours, stress and physical inactivity are bad for our wellbeing – yet we’re working harder than ever. Isn’t it time we fought back? By Peter Fleming in The Guardian Mon 15 Jan 2018. Graphics by Leon Edler   When a new group of interns recently arrived at Barclays …

Over 57 million freelance, 36 percent of all US workers, on track to be the majority by 2027. Nearly two-thirds have to dip into their savings at least once a month.

MJ Kaplan posted Jan 04, 2018 in Yes! Magazine The future of jobs, work, and workplaces is facing rampant transformation. One of the most visible changes has been the rising number of contract workers, who, according to the Freelancers’ Union, number 57.3 million people in the US. That’s 36 percent of all workers! If current trends continue, by 2027, contract workers will outnumber …

Why millennials are facing the scariest financial future of any generation since the Great Depression

Dec 2017, By Michael Hobbes Today, they’re almost all indirect hires, employees of random, anonymous contracting companies: Laundry Inc., Rent-A-Guard Inc., Watery Margarita Inc. In 2015, the Government Accountability Office estimated that 40 percent of American workers were employed under some sort of “contingent” arrangement like this—from barbers to midwives to nuclear waste inspectors to symphony cellists. Since the downturn, …

Black Labor Convening on Just Transition

Black Labor Convening on Just Transition, held, December 11-12, 2017, Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh-Durham Research Triangle, 4620 South Miami Blvd., Durham, North Carolina, 27703, USA African American communities, including workers, are most likely to be exposed to the pollution from fossil fuel based energy production through coal plants, oil and gas refineries, as well as pollution from energy production through nuclear facilities and waste incinerators. …