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Gig Economy Issue

Risk and opportunity in the Gig Economy

“The Vanishing 9-to-5: Ruthless and Liberating” Gig Economy Issue, Fall 2016

Our Fall 2016 issue, The Vanishing 9-to-5, took an in-depth look at the ups and downs of work life for the growing number of us (currently 4 out of 10 Americans) who are making a living through nontraditional work schedules and settings.

We asked our readers whether they found this wild constellation of freelance, contract, part-time, temporary, virtual, shared, and patched-together work options liberating or … ruthless?

“Ruthless,” said [email protected]. “Once the stable jobs are gone and we’re all stuck in #GigEconomy, there will be nowhere to go back to.”

SFMH57 struck a similar note: “A 17-hour-a-day job search for another gig puts us right back where our ancestors were, scrabbling for work, uncertain about tomorrow, hoping we could make ends meet. All this ‘progress’ between the 1880s and the 21st century, and we’re thrown back into this kind of scavenger economy and existence?”

For Graciela Tiscareno-Sato it was a different story: “9–5 jobs are designed for people who WANT their lives to revolve around work activity and working FOR others. That’s fine to start. When you realize that you want your life to be about your OWN ideas, your OWN family’s unique needs, your own timeline, you join the creative, ever-evolving gig economy of innovators and entrepreneurs—and you find a way to make it work because life is simply better.”

Can we expect to be paid fairly in the gig economy? Sharee Anne Gorman had an answer for that: “We need to stop pointlessly trying to get employers who stand to lose profits to be ‘fair.’ We need to simply go over their heads by making living wages the rule of law—globally. I know it sounds corny but … ‘Workers Of The World Unite!’ should be our main focus for reinstating our decimated social contracts.”

Standing with the Standing Rock Sioux

Thanks to extra reader donations, YES! has been able to focus on the Standing Rock Sioux’s months-long resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline.

From Native columnist Mark Trahant’s views to reporting from the encampments, YES! has published more than 20 stories and photo essays, primarily by Native American journalists, examining the historical context of the conflict as well as providing a forward look at possible solutions.

Native journalist Jenni Monet shared this reflection: “Yes! Magazine has become a platform to give voice to a band of Native American journalists driving home nuanced commentary and analysis that other publications simply are missing.”

YES! readers are all about ideas and action. And readers helped out on the homefront, quickly mobilizing in response to Emily Fuller’s piece, “How to Contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

Tell us about the revolution where you live

This winter issue is all about what people like you are doing in their own communities to build a more just and sustainable world. Do you have a story to share about a great community solution in your own area? We’ll share readers’ stories on social media. Look for YES! Magazine on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Send your updates and responses to our outreach manager Susan Gleason at [email protected] or mail to ­284 Madrona Way NE, Suite 116, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

From the Publisher

The Next Executive Director of YES!

Fran Korten

Fran Korten

Christine Hanna

Christine Hanna

It took an exhaustive five-month search to find the perfect next executive director for YES! Magazine, and you are going to love her!

Christine Hanna will start with YES! in March after discharging most of her many responsibilities at Seattle Good Business Network, where she is co-executive director. I’ll remain head of YES! until she’s ready to take the reins next spring.

Why did we choose Christine? She is a passionate advocate for a sustainable, inclusive local economy, with a great track record for putting that passion into action. She founded Seattle Good Business Network in 2010. She and her colleagues grew the organization from a small startup to an influential Seattle player, strengthening the region’s locally owned retail, manufacturing, and food sectors.

Previously, Christine spent six years at Sightline Institute, a highly regarded environmental and social justice policy institute for the Northwest. There, she was managing director and director of strategic initiatives. Sightline’s founder, Alan Durning, told me that among Christine’s many accomplishments was that she “dragged Sightline into the internet age.” Christine honed her business acumen in the University of Washington’s MBA program, where she graduated at the top of her class.

I want to thank all of you who helped spread the word about this job. Sixty-six people applied. I was moved by the many highly qualified people who saw leading YES! as an enticing opportunity to make a difference in the world. That’s exactly how I have felt for the past 18 years!

You, our beloved readers, have made YES! stronger than it has ever been. With your help and that of our talented staff and wise board of directors, Christine’s job will be to lead YES! to even greater heights of journalism that inspires social change. We are committed to helping ever more people join in moving our world toward justice, sustainability, and compassion for all.

I am personally thrilled to know that next year I will pass my job to Christine, who will bring fresh energy and insight to YES! And I, of course, will continue to contribute to the YES! mission for years to come.

You can drop Christine a note of welcome at [email protected] And contact me anytime: [email protected] I always love to hear from you.

Fran Korten, Publisher


50 Solutions, State by State

Rob Wilson

Rob Wilson

"A View from the Frontlines of Native Resistance"

Rob Wilson’s journey started in the Marine Corps while stationed in Okinawa, Japan, with the purchase of an iPhone to challenge himself to make better photos. At some point afterward, he made the leap to follow his passion for photography and to use it to better the world. “I’ve since been covering the events and bearing witness to the power and struggles of the indigenous resistance to the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in south central North Dakota.”

Araz Hachadourian

Araz Hachadourian

"50 Solutions State by State"

Araz Hachadourian focuses on community wealth-building and finance as a freelance reporter and communications coordinator for the New Economy Coalition. Researching hundreds of potential stories for this issue reminded Araz that despite often disheartening news cycles—especially around the recent election—there are proactive people in every state, fixing problems themselves.

Sarah Lazarovic

Sarah Lazarovic

How to Stop Shopping

Sarah Lazarovic is an artist and creative director. As a journalist, she’s worked for almost every publication in Canada, covering news and cultural events in comic form. In 2015, her live sketching of a Rob Ford speech won gold at the Online News Association awards. As a Massey Fellow at the University of Toronto in 2014, she studied behavioral economics and environmental sustainability. Her book, A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy (Penguin 2014), is available at fine libraries everywhere.

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Editorial Staff

Editor at Large: Sarah van Gelder

Editorial/Creative Director: Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn

Managing Editor: Clo Copass

Senior Editors: Christa Hillstrom, Stephen Miller, James Trimarco

Associate Editors: Kim Eckart, Zenobia Jeffries, Erin Sagen, Shannan Stoll

Lead Designer: Jennifer Luxton

Web Producer: Liz Pleasant

Reporting Fellow: Melissa Hellmann

Copy Editor: Kali Swenson

Editorial Interns: Liza Bayless, Jaime Alfaro, Olivia Anderson, Paulina Phelps

Contributing Editors

Colin Beavan, Adrienne Maree Brown, Mark Engler, Robert Jensen, Peter Kalmus, Winona LaDuke, Frances Moore Lappé, Annie Leonard, Penn Loh, Bill McKibben, Madeline Ostrander, Raj Patel, Madhu Suri Prakash, Nathan Schneider, Mark Trahant, Vandana Shiva, Jay Walljasper

Positive Futures Network Staff

Executive Director, Publisher: Frances F. Korten

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives: Bill Buzenberg

Education Outreach Manager: Jing Fong

Education Outreach Intern: Daneille Blechert

Development Manager: Robin Simons

Development Coordinator: Rebecca Nyamidie

Inside YES! Program Manager: Kassia Sing

Finance and Operations Director: Audrey Watson

IT Manager: Michael Winter

Software Developer: Miles Johnson

Fulfillment Manager: Paula Murphy

Customer Service Manager: Yvonne Rivera

Mail Assistant: Adam Jay Lee

Media and Outreach Manager: Susan Gleason

Audience Development Coordinator: Natalie Lubsen

Bookkeeper: Martha Brandon


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