Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs

By Andy Beckett : theguardian – excerpt

Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative.

Work is the master of the modern world. For most people, it is impossible to imagine society without it. It dominates and pervades everyday life – especially in Britain and the US – more completely than at any time in recent history. An obsession with employability runs through education. Even severely disabled welfare claimants are required to be work-seekers. Corporate superstars show off their epic work schedules. “Hard-working families” are idealised by politicians. Friends pitch each other business ideas. Tech companies persuade their employees that round-the-clock work is play. Gig economy companies claim that round-the-clock work is freedom. Workers commute further, strike less, retire later. Digital technology lets work invade leisure…. (more)

We have been looking at this problem for the last five years as changes in technology loom around us. It is past time for a serious consideration of life without work, before the robots take over our jobs. How do we educate people to use their free time constructively in a post work world?

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