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"Kessler’s timely book explores the personal, corporate and societal stories behind a massive tech-driven shift away from permanent office-based employment [...] Perhaps the most revealing parts of the book are the stories of real workers in the gig economy." ―The Financial Times
"Reporter Kessler's insightful exploration argues that the increase of people working as freelancers rather than employees of organizations is largely owing to technology that allows workers to deliver services coordinated by apps [...] An appealing choice, chiefly for those interested in the effects of the gig economy on workers." ―Library Journal
"In this well researched and beautifully written book, Sarah Kessler provides a very accessible but sophisticated analysis of the “gig economy.” While vividly telling moving stories about individual hardships and achievements, it provides a broad perspective that helps us see the “gig economy” as the latest manifestation of the long-running historical struggle over power, security and risk between different classes. It is essential reading for anyone who is interested in understanding the future of our economy and society." ―Ha-Joon Chang, University of Cambridge, author of 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism and Economics: The User’s Guide
"Sarah Kessler's wonderful book offers unprecedented illumination of the promise, and the peril, of the gig economy by taking a deep and intimate dive into the day-to-day lives of the workers who rely on it. The resulting insights are important and often troubling." ―Martin Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
"Gigged offers a timely and in-depth look at the promise and peril of the gig economy from one of the first journalists to recognize how big and important this new market would become. In the tradition of Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed, Sarah Kessler goes behind the statistics to tell the stories of people making a living (sometimes just scraping by) as gig economy workers. Gigged is smart, entertaining, moving, and at times even inspiring. Sarah Kessler writes like a dream. If you want to know how work is changing and how you too must change to keep up, you must read this book." ―Dan Lyons, New York Times bestselling author of Disrupted
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- Publication Date : June 12, 2018
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (June 12, 2018)
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- Print Length : 288 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B077MLJ72D
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She follows the companies, workers, and social systems engaged in the growth of gig work. Upwork, Uber, Mechanical Turk, Gigster, Managed by Q, Postmates, Handy, and many others provide the backdrop for her analysis. She takes us through the growth of gig work through to late 2017.
Human and Nuanced
Where she considers the reality of expert Turkers (a term for the crowdsourced workers on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform), she offers the story of Kristy Milland (see a short form version in Wired) as she sets a goal of earning $100 a day, but at a physical cost given repetitive stress injuries. Milland eventually becomes an advocate for workers, considers starting a gig-work cooperative, and by the end of her story has been admitted to two law schools. The example allows us to see the realities of the system, and the thought process of smart and savvy Milland as she tries to build a new way of working.
The story of the founding, pivoting, and growth of Managed by Q was all new to me. “The first platform for office management” started as an idea as a platform for office management tasks (cleaning, facilities, etc.) using subcontractors, but moved to a regular employee model. This was prompted when Starbucks executive, Dervala Hanley, introduced co-founder, Dan Teran, to the book, The Good Jobs Strategy, by Zeynep Ton. Unions, employee safety nets, and government perspectives all flow through the case. (Managed by Q now has a hybrid model as they scale - back to using subcontractors in some areas. By Kessler's last visit with Teran, 1000 employees are noted and 220 of their hourly employees had just received stock grants.)
These are just two of the detailed examples she follows. Kessler thanks her sources in the Acknowledgements section and I add my thanks here. The time and honesty they offered let us all be better prepared for the future.
The variety and depth of Kessler’s examples offer a window into the issues we all should have in mind as we plan our own engagement with independent work and workers. Definitions of employment are up in the air as are questions of how best to educate people for our futures of work. Reading Gigged allows you to see many of these issues in context.
Kessler offers her own conclusion via the Epilogue:
“At the end of it, I don’t think Silicon Valley was wrong to attempt to restructure the job. Our current model wasn’t working, and the startup spirit of experimentation was necessary. But attempting to tackle the problems of the job— and yes, delivering flexibility— without fixing the support structures around it can’t quite count as progress, and it certainly doesn’t look like innovation….
The gig economy, it turns out, is not the on-demand improvement to the “future of work” that its creators once imagined. But it will play an important role in exemplifying what that future might look like, and the slow, hard work that we must do to prepare for it.”
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I'm glad that I didn't.
I 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 questions about what we want out of society and what society owes us.
Well done, Sarah.
That's why this book is so awesome to me. It's an ethnographic study of the way the new freelance economy is actually affecting people's lives. Sort of like a Dirty Jobs for the Uber generation. But it's also secretly a self-help guide for anyone who wants to get better at being an independent worker—or an independent thinker. Super clever. And written in a way that never gets boring, while never missing the chance to make a point.