It’s new economy week, and I’ve got a new op-ed in the International New York Times on the future of work that ran on Tuesday. It talks about my new research for the MacArthur Foundation on the new kinds of consumption and production that are developing. Hope you like it!After the Jobs Disappear By JULIET B. SCHOR
BOSTON — In Somerville, Massachusetts, just across the line from Cambridge, is an institution called Artisan’s Asylum. At 40,000 square feet, it says it’s one of the largest “makerspaces,” or community craft studios, on the East Coast of the United States. A nonprofit group, it hosts craftspeople, artists and entrepreneurs, analog and digital alike. In addition to classes in traditional fields like woodworking, fiber arts and metalworking, it offers coveted rental space for creative types.
At one end of the space, tech whizzes are building Stompy, a 4,000-pound hexapod — a six-legged robot. At the other is a “bike hacking”... (read more...)