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Is the Future of Work Stuck in the Past?

Here’s an interesting and thoughtful piece from the National Freelancers Union. More people are talking about the new, freelance workforce (also known as the “gig economy”), but rarely from the point of view of those freelance workers themselves. Read on to get the union’s take on this tendency, particularly in academia:

Is the Future of Work Stuck in the Past?

This article is reproduced with the permission of the Freelancers Union partner, Trupo.

antique carAlmost 25 years ago, Freelancers Union was formed to cater to the needs of a growing independent workforce – one that didn’t have a mechanism to help everyone come together, pool resources, and advocate for their rights.

Now, roughly 56.7 million – one in three – Americans reported freelancing last year, contributing $1 trillion to the economy. Naturally, the rise of the gig economy, coworking spaces, and terms like “permalance” spark discussions and panels around the future of work.

Unfortunately, more often than not, Future of Work conversations focus on the impact on businesses rather than individual workers. Over a nice catered lunch, attendees are given advice on how businesses should market to the new workforce as consumers, and most recently, how technology and automation will affect business profitability and the labor force.

Notably absent from the talks are the middle-class workers directly shaping the future. These events happen at think tanks and academic institutions, fueled by an influx of philanthropic funding. Yes, they can lead to some interesting solutions for potential challenges the workforce could face, but they’re not coming from the people who are most affected by the changing work structure and economy. In fact, “The Future of Work” takeaways are often radically disconnected from the needs of American workers.

Read the rest of this article on the Freelancers Union blog.

 

Ready for for early spring networking? Join us at the joint Arlington Entrepreneurs-Job club networking dinner in March!

Early spring networking event
Gustazo Restaurant
2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Free

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Plate of Food at Gustazo Restaurant
Networking and dinner at Gustazo Cuban restaurant!

Let’s continue our series of networking dinners with a visit to Gustazo, 2067 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge, on 3/10 at 6:00. This restaurant serves delicious Cuban cuisine and is conveniently located outside Porter Sq. for members of both AE and the Job Club Evening Group to come together and socialize. Meet in person some friends previously known to you only on e-mail and social media! Make contacts who can give you ideas for career development Meet potential customers for your small business.

This event is free and there is parking behind the building.

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Arriving via public transportation? T riders can take the #77 bus from Arlington to Walden St., which intersects Mass. Ave. between Russell and Hadley. From the south, ride the Red Line to Porter and walk north on Mass. Ave. to #2067, or take the #77 from Harvard Station to Walden St.