A World Without Work?

The Danger and the Opportunity

(Photo Credit: Reuters) It was a tech guy who was one of the first to raise the alarm about tech—specifically, about its impact on workers. In his January 2012 piece, “Race Against the Machine,”1 Erik Brynjolffson, director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, along with his associate director, Andrew McAfee, wrote that the labor […]

Brexit and Trump: A Vote On Globalization and How It Will Impact You

It’s been a crazy year. As the last days of 2016 have taken fan-favorite stars like Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, and George Michael, Facebook and Twitter have been ablaze with people sharing their displeasure that 2016 seems to be adding insult to injury in its waning moments before it exits into the history books. “You […]

How TwentySomethings Are Changing the Workplace

An era of new corporate responsibility

I recently wrote an essay for Relevant Magazine. Due to its length it was shortened (you can read the shorter Relevant Magazine version here.) For those who would like to read the full version I have posted it below. This is an important economic issue that will impact each of us and everyone we know. […]

How the Great Recession of 2008 Ushered in a New Part-Time Economy

There is no doubt about it, the Great Recession of 2008 changed things forever. In 2013 77% of all jobs created in the United States were part-time. In 2014 48% of all graduating college students were still unemployed six months after graduation. We are living in a new part-time or “freelancer” economy. To thrive and […]

What if more employers acted like George Bailey?

I was recently asked during a radio interview what employers could do to show greater loyalty to employees and to build a culture of long-term employment and commitment from their staff. In this part-time economy that is growing at a rapid rate since the Great Recession of 2008 many media outlets think it is people […]

Economies Thrive on Hope, Not Jealousy

A staggering 40% of all unemployed are millennials highlighted recent U.S. census data.  The slowly improving jobs numbers which are tweaked in many different ways to appear better than they really are hide massive structural issues beneath the surface of this economy. The unemployment numbers may say 6.1% according to the latest numbers but the […]

The 2007 “Black Swan” has not lost its bite

For those who do not have access to the Knoxville News Sentinel, I have posted my article from this weekend here for discussion.  I have included further commentary at the end that I could not include in this first piece.  Your comments and perspective are welcome. Robert Dickie III: Regulation worsens ‘Black Swan’ events Robert […]