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New World Same Humans #32 – Audio Edition

New World Same Humans #32 – Audio Edition

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Two weeks ago, a California judge delivered a pretty monumental ruling on Uber and its relationship to its drivers. So this week: reflections on the future of work.

Specifically, on why I think we might be about to see the rise of a thousand Hype House-type collectives: for accountants, journalists, designers and more. And why we could finally realise the promise of co-operative gig economy platforms.

I’ll be back on Wednesday with the second New Week Same Humans: news and super-fast analysis.

But for now, just hit play!

If you’d prefer to read this week’s instalment, go here for the text version of New World Same Humans #33.

Links in this week’s instalment

1. In the US in 1980, around 62% of national income went to workers; by 2018 that had fallen to around 56%.

2. In the UK the gig economy more than doubled in size between 2016 and 2019, and now accounts for over 4.7 million workers.

3. In August a California judge gave Uber and Lyft two weeks to reclassify drivers as employees.

4. We’ve watched (and laughed) as hip YouTube creators form collectives such as the infamous Hype House.

5. New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern recently floated the idea of a four-day work week.

6. British educationalist Ken Robinson argued that we must re-design the education of our children around the 21st-century economy’s need for creativity.

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David Mattin sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Consumption.

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