Companies need to reset their mission so that profitability is a means to an end - the organisation’s social purpose - not an end in itself is essential.
An Instacart worker loads groceries into her car for home delivery. There is a strong argument to be made that gig work is false self-employment, meaning that workers are not actually freelance.
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Feudalism has been replaced by capitalism, and the new villeiny — or neo-villeiny — has emerged to reflect a relationship between a worker and an organization.
Plastic waste is a huge problem. To fix it, we need systemic change, not just a focus on picking it up or recycling plastic once it becomes rubbish.
Some Bitcoin evangelists see the currency as an answer to problems that plague society.
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With mantras, a mysterious founder and promises of societal salvation, there are echoes of religious traditions in the cryptocurrency.
Black Friday traditionally marks the beginning of the Christmas retail season.
It’s hypocritical for retailers to make carbon pledges with one hand and continue pushing consumerism with the other.
The commentary made by the hit show may seem absurd, but it’s uncomfortably close to the truth.
In the hit Korean Netflix show ‘Squid Game,’ players are required to sign dubiously ethical contracts as their lives are assigned monetary value.
The show is violent fantasy emerging from the desperation experienced by those in crippling debt.
The unanticipated popularity of the Korean show ‘Squid Game’ highlights our relationship to debt and capitalism, but the contradictions extend beyond the show itself.
Investors look at stock index screen in Beijing in 2009.
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What does communism 2.0 mean for democracy?
Afrofuturist’s work is rooted in the desire to transform the present for Black people. Here actor Mouna Traoré in ‘Brown Girl Begins’ (2017) directed by Sharon Lewis set in a post-apocalyptic version of Toronto.
Afrofuturist’s work is rooted in the desire to transform the present for Black people. To do so, they imagine a reality in which Black people are the agents of their own story, countering histories that discount and dismiss them.
The last frontier.
In a world where transhumanists seek to use technology to save humanity, and even to defeat death, surfing reminds humans of our staggering insignificance.
An unemployed man collects trash for resale in Diepsloot Johannesburg. Calls are growing for a basic income grant for poor South Africans.
Basic income must be embedded within a broader strategy of economic reform, aimed at increasing the social wage and improving working conditions.
Whether the conservative target is critical race theory, anti-racism, Black Lives Matter movements or anything else — the problem will remain until we remove diversity from the solution pile.
Critical race theory has simply become the latest target of white supremacy. But as you may guess, CRT is not the problem. The problem is diversity.
Now is not the time for rocket men to abandon spaceship Earth.
A woman sweeps outside her shack in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. South Africa is among the most unequal societies in the world.
Rethinking capitalism requires that the primary focus should be on the distribution of economic power as the potential leading causal factor driving inequality.
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The line between what is normal and what is pathological has blurred. We risk our collective sanity and our planet if we stick to business as usual.
If rules generate ways of seeing the world, why not change the rules?
The tabletop role-playing game scene once epitomized by ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ has seen new game genres emerge where people experiment and play with solutions to structural inequalities.
Crash helmets at the ready.
New changes to employment rules go hand in hand with the recent knocks to Deliveroo and Uber to suggest that a trend is emerging.
Prince Harry’s new job as a ‘chief impact officer’ is all about individual empowerment, when what the world needs are systemic solutions.
Dutchbar Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka was decimated by the 2004 tsunami. It fell under a newly created 200m buffer zone set up to protect people. But it destroyed fishing communities.
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There is a need to be alive to tensions between short- and long-term objectives, as well as the assumptions we hold around what we consider to be “better” and how to achieve it.
People wearing face masks walk in front of a euro sign in the center of Frankfurt am Main, Germany (October 21, 2020).
The global economy is currently experiencing its severest contraction since the 1930s. While capitalism will survive, its fundamental structure can change at critical historical junctures.