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S revolutionized the way we do business High profile tech start ups such as Uber and Airbnb are constantly making headlines for the disruption they cause to the industries they overturn But what are the effects of this disruption from Wall Street down to Main Street What challenges do employees and job seekers face at every level of professional experienceIn the tradition of the great business narratives of our time Gigged offers deeply sourced up close and personal accounts of our new economy From the computer programmer who chooses ex. Any economy is built by humans and this book is about them I love this as a catchphase and as a good reminder to all of us working on these topics to always think about the human impacts I am involved in policy research in this area for work and it can get so big and messy that it s easy to forget that we re really talking about people at the beginning and end of the day I appreciated the human stories in the book most of all as Kessler spends enough time with the people working in this to give a sense of the pros and cons of on demand laborMy big regret with Gigged was that it doesn t uite get at what I think of as big uestion is the so called gig economy in general better than the alternative world where it didn t exist Kessler astutely points out that the problem was that the gig economy s much ballyhooed flexibility often seemed to apply to the company than to the employee It is clear that these aren t great jobs in many ways but neither is the alternative So if these jobs went away would we be better off I don t know for many of the specific apps but for uber and lyft I strongly suspect that they on average provide benefits to both drivers and riders I m not saying we shouldn t demand better we should and can But if they simply went away that s a significant income opportunity gone I ve heard advocates for low income mobility who I am 100% aligned with on goals say in presentations that these companies have created poor people Baloney When lower income people drive for these companies they are choosing to do so and are making money The counterfactual or alternative world if the opportunity wasn t available certainly wouldn t involve anyone magically becoming wealthyKessler does give a useful summary of some of the real policy options we have to avoid some of the downsides of the gig economy While much attention has been paid to transformative options like universal basic income it seems to me that there is need for direct fixes like making benefits portable and clearly reuired for part time and certain kinds of contractor relationships basically the you work for a company the they would kick in to a benefits account which could be combined with other sources to assemble complete benefits from multiple sourcesI was interested in the other gig economy specifics but my thinking keeps gravitating back to the transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft that are having huge impacts both positive and negative At the end of the day my working opinion actually reinforced by the book on reflection is that we as a whole are better off with these services These are not great jobs but many people are able to use the income to materially improve their financial situation And from a user perspective so many people are voting with their thumbs and dollars which shows just how big of an untapped demand there was for better on demand transportationLastly the book did remind me to be re annoyed at Uber for their years of basically lying about tips If you re like me the first time a friend told you about Uber they said and the tip is included Uber did their best to perpetuate this idea but it s just false It was years and years before they allowed tipping through the app in part to keep the nice illusion for their customers Tip your drivers everyone 2018 Reading Challenge Updatebook number 27 40scorecard see belowW 1420NW 1120NA 1420D 13F 18NF 8 Notes I m trying to read 40 books this year To make sure I m getting a broad range I m tracking some metrics Open to if folks have suggestions My goal is to read books that arehalf by womenhalf not by white peoplehalf by non americansat least 3 that I don t think I ll like or agree with going inI ll also go for about half fiction and half non fictionThis year I m also adding the What Should I Read Next categories since they should provide some good ideas and I love the recommendations I get from the podcast A classic you ve been meaning to readX A book recommended by someone with great tasteX A book in translationO A book nominated for an award in 2018O A book of poetry a play or an essay collectionX A book you can read in a dayX A book that s than 500 pagesX A book by a favorite authorO A book recommended by a librarian or indie booksellerO A banned bookX A memoir biography or book of creative nonfictionX A book by an author of a different race ethnicity or religion than your own

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Gigged by Sarah Kessler

With deep reporting and graceful storytelling Sarah Kessler reveals the ground truth of a key part of the American workforce Her analysis is both astute and nuanced making GIGGED essential reading for anyone interested in the future of work Daniel H Pink author of WHEN and DRIVE The full time job is disappearing is landing the right gig the new American Dream One in three American workers is now a freelancer This “gig economy” one that provides neither the guarantee of steady hours nor benefits emerged out of the digital era and ha. A few years ago I thought about writing a book on the gig economy On many levels I knew that it was going to be a big deal and recent events have only underscored its importanceI m glad that I didn tI couldn t have done a better job than Sarah Kessler did A gifted storyteller she adroitly stitches together facts key court verdicts and human stories This is no screed against the future of work At the same time though Kessler asks tough uestions about what we want out of society and what society owes usWell done Sarah

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Actly which hours he works each week to the Uber driver who starts a union to the charity worker who believes freelance gigs might just transform a declining rural town journalist Sarah Kessler follows a wide range of individuals from across the country to provide a nuanced look at how the gig economy is playing out in real timeKessler wades through the hype and hyperbole to tackle the big uestions What does the future of work look like Will the millennial generation do as well their parents How can we all find meaningful well paid work. Gigged is a tech journalists tour of the the gig economy mostly from a neutral standpoint Recently there has been a spat of books that look into the dark side that web 20 and social apps have had in our society These include Weapons of Math Destruction Automatic Ineuality and Algorithms of Oppression to name just 3 that have been published since 2016 There s probably at least a dozen others that are specific towards a domain area like election hacking fake news cyber warfare and surveillance capitalism and another half a dozen books on gig apps themselves like Uber Airbnb etc and still probably another dozen on the future of work in generalGigged primarily follows 4 5 main threads a woman who used s mechanical turk to supplement her husband s income during times of difficulty in their work life the founding team for Managed by a platform for office building janitorial staff the founder of Samaschool a bootcamp that focused on up skilling residents of Dumas Arkansas to work on platforms like Upwork and Taskrabbit a man trying to unionize Uber driver and sue Uber and a several other strings of stories in between It s difficult to discern whether the author s lack of normative positions on the nature of these companies and their effect on society was due to her closeness to the people working in them being a tech journalist or if it was by design Either way because of this feature this book offers a different set narrative from something like Weapons of Math Destruction which sought to uproot as much of the negative aspects of the phenomenon as possible in a 6 7 hour reading time frame In fact most of the stories have some aspects of a happy or positive ending to them The mechanical turker goes back to school to become a labor lawyer Managed by survives to become a so far feasible company who s leadership apparently making decisions to benefit their cleaners and not their bottom line Although the man who sues Uber fails and fails at making a rival to Uber he ends up inspired by Donald Trump and is now seeking to buy lots of real estate and has recently bought a non air bed mattress to sleep on The author does a good job outlining the mechanics and issues with many of these platforms like Upwork where there s a clear bifurcation between two broad categories of jobs those that are highly skilled and command a lot of lucre and those that are extremely menial and don t offer enough pay to entice or support displaced American workers and are often filled by overseas laborers Likewise she did a good job outlining some of the growing pains of Uber from 2015 recent present as well as the issues that plague gig work in general Many of these concerns have been highlighted in recent years and some are even issues that exist in traditional retail work like weekly schedule optimizations that force workers to put in a very late shift and open simultaneously often affording not than a few hours of sleep for the worker in between The author does not forward many if any solutions to these issues but to say that whatever the solution to our job plight might be it will not be to go back to the pre platform days She believes that though imperfect the platforms offer some genuine functional value to gig workers and that this technology will be an integral part of work solutioning for the future The book is not bad it s narrative neutrality is almost academic except with nowhere near as much detail or dryness characteristic of a monograph on a topic like the one covered in this book As a summary it s a definite recommendation as introductory reading For details it is not I d definitely recommend this as ancillary reading on a course for future labor policy andor the ethics of algorithms possible a user experience design course as well


10 thoughts on “Gigged by Sarah Kessler

  1. says:

    Capitalism uses cutting edge technology to screw workers Old Wine New Bottles Uber Mechanical Turk are innovative methods for pushing down wages shedding benefits putting all risk on workers in the name of being your own b

  2. says:

    A few years ago I thought about writing a book on the gig economy On many levels I knew that it was going to be a big deal and recent events have only underscored its importanceI'm glad that I didn'tI couldn't have done a better job than Sarah Kessler did A gifted storyteller she adroitly stitches together facts key cour

  3. says:

    This book is a well done and fairly up to date look at the phenomena associated with the “gig” or “sharing” economy a set of developments in the organization of work that are turning individual people into individual independent contractors rather than traditional employers This model has become populariz

  4. says:

    Just finished Gigged by the brilliant writer Sarah Kessler Over 6 years she reported on the rise of the gig economy the countless enumerations on Uber’s model Uber but for cat food and the folks who get swept into the promise of flexible work

  5. says:

    Having read similar books about understanding modern day poverty and work I felt this did well at maintaining a journalistic distance rather than claiming I'm one of them But it is very focused on some odd characters and it wouldn't

  6. says:

    ‘Any economy is built by humans and this book is about them' I love this as a catchphase and as a good reminder to all of us working on thes

  7. says:

    Decent reporting Unfortunately she constrains herself to popular cliches about labor economics though she uestions her orthodoxy a few times Also she greatly exaggerates in her Chapter 128 reference The abstract This article uses v

  8. says:

    Gigged is a tech journalists tour of the the “gig economy” mostly from a “neutral” standpoint Recently th

  9. says:

    Gig economy is about the use of assets in different ways I can give two uick examples of that Think about Uber which allows people to turn their private car into a temporary taxi The common business model for a taxi is uite different It used to be that taxi had to be a registered vehicle you have to pay to get the license to become a taxi driver buy insurance and so on Now the technology which has allowed car

  10. says:

    As a factual background I must state that I left a full time job in the first months of 1998 and became a player in the gig economy However I spent a year researching and saving for the move and when I left I had over 10000 in work lined up and 11 days of vacation pay coming to me I was successful in my endeavors until I was persuaded to take another full time job several years later Therefore I have some experience in working a

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