Quit Your Job and Go to Work — Matter — Medium

“Scheduling contractors is a legally gray thing to do — since shifts are one of the IRS’ criteria in determining that a worker is an employee. (Indeed, Postmates, like many companies, is currently facing a lawsuit over classifying the couriers as contractors.)” – Quit Your Job and Go to Work — Matter — Medium

Quit Your Job and Go to Work — Matter — Medium

“It’s the age of the precariat: unions are nearly kaput, many will only know pensions from history books, and most “at will” workers can be fired as easily as Uber can kick its drivers off the app. Now many old titans of industry have latched onto this idea of on-call shift work — which many call “just-in-time… Continue reading Quit Your Job and Go to Work — Matter — Medium

Christensen’s Disruptive Innovation after the Lepore Critique ~ Remaking the University

“Prof. Christensen became a pivotal figure in management historyby using innovation to re-empower management. We can see him, in retrospect, as offering a comprehensive antidote to what American capitalists could only regard as the poison of neo-workplace democracy. Some 1980s business blockbusters were telling stockholders and executives to share power with a new, insufferably smart-ass… Continue reading Christensen’s Disruptive Innovation after the Lepore Critique ~ Remaking the University

“Sharing” Economy and Self-Exploitation

“Just as factories allowed deskilled workers to “cooperate” and create value that accrued to the factory owner who brought them together, sharing-economy apps coordinate disparate users and extract value from their being brought together in networks. But unlike the workers who meet on the factory floor, the sharing-app users meet only as commercial adversaries, and… Continue reading “Sharing” Economy and Self-Exploitation

A Passage from Hong Kong by Maya Jasanoff

“By the mid-1970s, the wharves of Brooklyn and Manhattan were, according to Marc Levinson, “mostly a memory,” put out of business by the container port at Elizabeth, New Jersey. In London, vast networks of docks that were handling 60 million tons of freight per year in the early 1960s were, by the early 1980s, a… Continue reading A Passage from Hong Kong by Maya Jasanoff