94% of the new job creation since 2005 is in the gig economy. These aren’t stable jobs with benefits on a career path
The Coming Tech Backlash
Ross Mayfield

We don’t talk about structural change very often in the US. Instead, the business press focuses on profit, loss, and historically-unsustainable-ROI-as-an-imperative.

See The Age of Unreason by Charles Handy. I picked it up in a Singapore bookstore in 1991-ish. It was published in 1989.


Handy examines how dramatic changes are transforming business, education, and the nature of work. We can see it … in the virtual disappearance of lifelong, full-time jobs. Handy maintains that discontinuous change requires discontinuous, upside-down thinking, and discusses the need for new kinds of organizations, new approaches to work, new types of schools, and new ideas about the nature of our society.

He writes at length about a doughnut organizational structure and portfolio/contract/freelance work. Points out cradle-to-grave employment is a 20th century anomaly.

Here’s another, contemporary (2016) complementary, British point of view, urging us to rethink the education-employment-retirement trinity: http://www.100yearlife.com

Ask yourself: if you did not need to work to feed yourself and have a roof over your head … how might you lead your life? Then read Nancy Kress grapple with those questions in Beggars In Spain (1993).

I fear the growth of income/wealth inequality — coupled with refusal to talk about how public decisions/resources contribute to the growing divide — will lead to a populist revolt long before one directed at “tech”. Tech is an enabler not the cause.

This is what I mean about inequality: 
a $20M contract for a talking head is obscene.
Don’t even try to talk to me about media organizations cutting on-the-ground reporters because they have a broken advertising model when celebrity culture rules, unabated.

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