21 March 2009

Jobs vs Mutual Aid: Taking Back the Meaning of 'Work'

In March 2007, Daphne and I did a presentation to the Economic Security Project's Jobs & Justice conference. Given the current crisis due to runaway capitalism the issues we raised couldn't have been more timely, e.g., the auto industry, credentialism, and the valuation of everything and everyone in monetary terms.

We took as our jumping off point the second group of recommendations from the WISE storytellers. In its plea for a return of community, that set of recommendations suggests a different way of looking at, and a revaluation of the activity called ‘work’ whose modern equivalent is ‘having a job’."

Jobs vs. Mutual Aid: Taking back the meaning of "work" in community.

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