UK newspaper The Independent has highlighted the top 10 worst places in the world to live in, the least jolly part of the EIU’s Global Liveability Ranking 2015 announced recently:
They won’t be terrible for everyone, of course; much depends on one’s individual context. But if you do find yourself considering a move to an unstable environment (with dangers like social unrest, civil crime or even terrorism), or if you’re an employer assigning staff to a difficult location, you might want to first read the words of Stephen Haynes, Head of Wellbeing at the British Council.
Over a series of posts on LinkedIn, he talks about how organisations can better understand and manage the wellbeing of staff posted to “fragile and high risk locations” – locations like Damascus and Tripoli cited in the EIU report:
With the so-called gig economy on the rise, it’s of little surprise that caffeine-fuelled communities of shiny Mac owners are sprouting across cities. But there is little in the way of something that connects these micro-workers together with the resources needed to make them flourish…until now.
open movement° has emerged as a digital meeting place, connecting micro-workers with useful tools: http://movement.open.co At the time of writing, there are more than 600 hubs named on the open movement° website located all over the world (from Brazil to Indonesia) across a very diverse range, from popups to makerspaces, and more than 70 tools/resources are listed that include websites, articles, apps and courses. The open movement° creators are looking for people to help build the digital meeting space:
We champion the hubs where people come together to make new ideas happen and the tools they use to create, sustain and grow these places.
You’re invited – please help us create this digital meeting place.
So there you go.
I should add at this point that open movement° has been built with the support and encouragement of my employer, the British Council, specifically the Creative Economy Team.
FT journo John Gapper writes about the new ‘gig’ economy – and at the time of writing it’s the publication’s most read article of the day. He talks about the end of the lifetime career and the rise of the self-employed, believing there to be a lot of potential in the new world of work:
Days earlier there was an op-ed in The Guardian by NYU professor Arun Sundarajan on the gig economy, The ‘gig’ economy is coming. He writes that while “empowering” about being a boss (a better work-life balance can be achieved) there is something reassuring about company benefits, regular work hours and a regular income:
These are exciting times, and greater individual empowerment can be no bad thing.