6 labor documentaries that will blow you away

6 labor documentaries that will blow you away

A couple of weeks ago, I made a list of my top labor-related movies. Readers jumped in with their own favorites, and I think a Freelancers Union movie night is in order! I'll keep you posted so you can participate.

In the meantime, we're moving into heavier territory...

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Here’s lookin’ at you, Portland

Here’s lookin’ at you, Portland

When I visited Portland last year, I saw the future.

Collaborative workspaces. Freelancers co-operatives. Independent tech meetups. Urban farmers, bakers and furniture-makers. It’s all happening in Oregon.

I came back to Brooklyn and couldn’t stop talking and thinking about it.

Portlanders are already living the new economy -- connected...

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Collaborate or collapse

Collaborate or collapse

Freelancers are building the sharing economy. Independent workers are providing the bulk the goods and services on the sharing economy platforms. Yet, we’re not “sharing” in the value being created -- it’s going to a small cadre of founders and venture capital investors.

The independent workers who are making...

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What is New Mutualism?

What is New Mutualism?

It’s the little choices that matter.

Do you set up your own home office or join a co-working community? Shop at a chain grocery store or a local food co-op? Bank or credit union?  

We all face these decisions every day. The choice is deceptively simple -- go it alone...

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Tombstones, coffins and co-operatives

Tombstones, coffins and co-operatives

On any other day this might feel a little morbid, but there’s a huge co-op in the UK that I think is worth talking about: The Co-operative Funeralcare.

Yes, mortuaries, funeral homes, undertakers, funeral directors. (It is Halloween, after all.)

Made up of about 900 funeral homes, it's...

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What Russell Brand (Yes, Russell Brand) Can Teach Us About Social Change

What Russell Brand (Yes, Russell Brand) Can Teach Us About Social Change

There are a few major milestones in any emerging social change movement:

  1. First, you start with individuals getting fed up.
  2. Then, academics start researching and identifying the trend.
  3. Then, the “true believers” take the lead in developing the message and the platform.
  4. Then, political organizers take that message to the...

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The Top 7 Labor Movies

The Top 7 Labor Movies

Who doesn’t love movie night? People often ask me about my favorites, so I’ve put together a list of my top labor-related movies. Many of them are based on actual events. Of course they’ve been dramatized, Hollywood-style, but they're still great stories. Documentaries will come next...

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Freelancers are building the sharing economy

Freelancers are building the sharing economy

When someone puts their apartment up for rental on Airbnb or hails a car via Lyft, they’re participating in a dynamic new economy built around sharing.

But when people talk about the “sharing economy,” they only seem to talk about three things:

  • The companies -- How they’re transforming our...

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The shutdown created problems. Workers created solutions.

The shutdown created problems. Workers created solutions.

Here’s one for the “building our own solutions” file: The government shutdown left federal workers without paychecks for more than two weeks. Pretty soon, people at the union-owned Amalgamated Bank started hearing from customers who were falling behind on their bills.

The bank serves a lot of the federal...

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The next thing we’re building together

The next thing we’re building together

Here is what 225,000 freelancers building together can do — build a brand new freelancer hall in Lower Manhattan where freelancers can learn and work together...and access no-copay primary care.

It's a community space and a medical practice under one roof, designed by freelancers for freelancers.

This is...

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