Sara Horowitz Presages The New Capitalism
Today Sara Horowitz, Founder and Executive Director of the Freelancer's Union, was in the Big Think studio discussing labor issues, single payer health care, and fundamental changes to capitalism that will impact working people in the coming years.
A fervent believer in "the radical notion of fairness," Ms. Horowitz has been a spokeswoman on behalf of everyone from creative class freelancers to working families to the unemployed. She succeeded in launching a Portable Benefits Program for independent workers in New York City--one of the first programs that allows workers to retain their health benefits when they change jobs.
On the auto industry bailout's larger meaning:
"We're realizing that you can't expect a certain rate of return on manufacturing and the auto industry and expect to have one in America. We're realizing we can't have private equity rates of return of 18 to 35 percent and that there's something important about having certain industries and there's going to be a governmental role in keeping them alive...I think this is the beginning of that realization."
A profile on Ms. Horowitz from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
An earlier interview with Ms. Horowitz from the blog, Notes on Design
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.
Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.
Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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