How our lives are organized and valued in the future, in a world where the role and meaning of work start to shift.
Alain de Botton: Our relationship with work is ambiguous at best. It is a popular discussion topic, makes us proud, increases our competences and, not least, provides us with necessary income, but we also long for periods of non-work and would not mind working a bit less to enjoy life more.
A solution could be co-operative worker ownership.
Worker ‘input’ and ‘consultation’ in a workplace owned by investors is a good positive step but only of modest value. Government owned workplaces are not a solution either. Capitalism and democracy are fundamentally opposing ideas. The last thing the richest 10% want is democratic governments acting in the interests of their citizens to interfere with how the wealthy run the world in a manner that increases their return and their wealth. The solution is co-operative worker ownership or or even better co-operative solidarity ownership. It will produce a social and political economy that reinforce each other rather than governments being blackmailed by the 10% and their corporate instruments to cut taxes and government services or have their economies crippled.