Halfway through the development of his NotMyEconomics (NMÉ) online course, Professor Jerry Ash has concluded that changing the way workers work would only solve half the problem of capitalism gone mad.
“Changing the way workers work,” he says, “would not be enough.”
NMÉ teaches the causes and effects of out of control American style capitalism. Then students learn how to gain the advantage — one at a time — in the economy as it is. That is, in a place where capitalism is for the capitalists and workers are disposable commodities.
“My students are encouraged to start thinking independently, like capitalists.” Ash says. “I encourage them to become capitalists as Indie employees. To get on the right side of capitalism. Make it work for them, not against them.”
In the current workplace, he says, there is no commitment or loyalty on either side of the employer/employee divide. No promises. No real incentive. No room for independent thinking or innovation. No corporate ladder to climb.
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Business Model Has No Bosses
Self-management, Opportunity Rule
In COWORK Entrepreneurs and its franchises, everyone owns his or her own work. Therefore there is no need for bosses. Independence and personal opportunity are the forces that drive performance.
The idea of “companies of one” first appeared prior to the new millennium when knowledge management (KM) was to be the next best thing after information management (IM).
Information, as it had turned out, was just data. When corporate archives filled to overflowing, the Information Age was a disappointment.
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