Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to actually speak about the rise of fractional work at the Tory Party conference on the opening day yesterday. They outsourced the logistics of security passes to Fingerprint events. Even though they acknowledge receipt of my application, passport and photo id my pass still wasn't ready. After taking two more photos of me at 7am in the morning, the police checking/validating id told me that due to my country of birth, extra checks have to be carried out. Nice. It was a Tory MP who invited me to talk there! I got a text message saying it was ready at 10am, two hours after the speaking slot. Thanks for that.
The recent announcement by the Conservative Party's plans to cut the benefits of people on incapacity benefits is in some respects laudable because there are no doubt (statistically) some cheats, slackers and chancers on the list of 2.6m claimants. But why such an emphasis on the supply side of the jobs equation? What's being done on the demand side, you know, to actually create work. This presentation argues for the economic stimulus of an emerging form of work that has the potential to become the most dominant form of work within a generation.
As an aside, one of things that strikes me with all the political coverage right now on the EU is that politicians never, ever question the validity of their underlying organisational models. In other words, it isn’t about ‘Broken Britain’ it’s about ‘broken system’. Companies and governments won’t survive in their present form without decentralising some or all of their decision making. But we can't go there can we?