| ||Un(der)employed? Irked by all these eternal megaprobs & bored with the same ol' *crises? Well here's one fully developed solution, Timesizing. Its 5 phases provide a pattern for upgrades & an improving regional, national & global future of 500 years. To save the world, you can't start with hunger: no one with money is hungry; you can't start with poverty: no one with a good job is poor. Take care of JOBS and the rest of the economy will take care of itself. This is the oldest & biggest website on achieving full employment. We have 11 years of quantitative & anecdotal data, with all standard objections answered. Most of our comments are qikis - saving the world has gotta be fun this time! We're retro & text-heavy but we load fast. Timesizing itself is an economic design for sustainable, market-based jobs by making the workweek lower while making high tech higher. See also our time trilogy.|
hope du jourtm – TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
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Google Search newsclips of what the world is doing right - and our latest ranking of leading countries: The core solution is so obvious, it's below the radar. Usually it's just one item on a list with few realizing it's the ink & paper. It's our closest candidate to the "Holy Grail" of economic design, the Single All-Sufficient Regulation, and despite *dismissal by 'experts,' it's the world's most common (but least publicized and yet-to-be fully exploited) response to downturn and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses and governments. In each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hourscuts or furloughs -
BONN, Germany - ...In the Great Recession, most OECD countries used short-time work (publicly subsidized working time reductions) to counteract a steep increase in unemployment. We show that short-time work can actually save jobs... - see more of summary under today's date.
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...The workweek among rank-and-file retail staff dropped to 29.6 hours—the lowest on records back to 1972. Weather appears to be the culprit... - see whole article under today's date.
CHARLESTON, N.C., USA - ...This week, the conservative web site CampusReform.Org reported it could cost the UNC System about $47 million to insure these employees under the current State Health Plan. The site reported cutting hours would be pretty much inevitable...
- see whole article under today's date.
Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way which maintains personal income and *vital consumer spending via emergency worksharing and sustainable timesizing. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the age of robotics. It may be fun to sneer at believers in the fixed "lump of labor fallacy" because "there's an infinite amount of work to be done," but where's the commensurate willingness to pay for it? - and without pay, it is not work. So we need to take charge of this workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby harnesses market forces to flexibly maintain and raise wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 0.01%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. Shorter hours is a strategy that is reinvented hundreds of times a day across the U.S. in this recession and thousands of times a day across the world in both public & private sectors, in every industry, and in a variety of ways. Many countries and U.S. states already have worksharing programs to cushion the transition to permanently shorter workweeks that automatically adjust to our rising levels of productive technology in the Age of Robotics. These programs currently are designed to be temporary. Here's what their permanent program will look like when they finally succumb to the inevitable.
doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
- here in the context of a robust solution (see hope du jour above), you can see the bad news and the impotence of today's "experts" as portrayed in the mainstream American narratives -
- editor's comments in [square brackets] by Phil Hyde email@example.com -
- headlines from *Globe Mags&Cigars, Bytown Market & updating from Bridgehead Café, Bank & Second, Ottawa, Canada -
further OVERPOPULATING America relative to the job market, the safety net, and the supply of drinking water... - In a finite biosphere, every country should be moving toward steady-state migration (one out, one in) and birth policy (one death, one birth) or at least polling for its citizens' limits on population variables as in Phase 5 of the Timesizing program -
looting- and layoff-triggering TAKEOVERS in the news (archives) = prelude to downsizing, last refuge of incompetent CEOs & highway to monopoly - Management's economy-shrinking merger skills need replacement by economy-growing workspreading skills - Buy instead of build market share? See overlap & layoff more of your customers' customers? = A suicidal joke: Sustainable CEOs don't do Mergers&Acquisitions except in cases of corporate extremis such as bankruptcy -
wall of BANKRUPTCIES & CLOSINGS (archives), lowerable by timesizing-
U.S. net worth rose 14% last year to a record $80.7 trillion as stocks surged, with the gains mostly [or entirely? our quotes -] "benefited" affluent Americans, WSJ, A1:1 pointer to A1:5.
[- "benefited" if being pushed away and isolated and insulated from the majority of other humans is a good thing.]
WSJ, A1 pointer to A2.
[Joblessness of 6.5% of millions of people is an OK threshold? WHY is our acceptable threshold of something as devastating and pervasively influential as joblessness sooo outrageously high? higher than we're willing to accept in almost any other problem area?!]
Jobs data shouldn't be cause for alarm, by Spencer Jakab, WSJ, C1.
[Don't let concerns about quality of life or human progress disturb your nap, Spencer, or are you comatose?]
[Especially when spending is constantly being diminished by the unlimitedly large percentage of the money supply, despite massive printing of more, in an unlimitedly small percentage of the population, far beyond what they can spend, donate - or even invest sustainably since that would require marketable productivity, and markets require spending.]
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How? By adjusting the workweek down & up - instead of firing & hiring - based on a comprehensive blueprint for a green economy
& a new worktime economics where, 100 years from now, people will be...
Timesizings 3rd way is centrist and deep green, not just light or pinkish green like the Green Party's grocery list of ad hoc, unintegrated & unprioritized issues. Timesizing satisfies the right with smaller government and bigger firmer markets & the left with a simpler stronger social safety net that makes the right clean up their own recessions instead of continuously inducing them by privatizing and concentrating profits & nationalizing and centrifuging losses. Our Timesizing solution is based on working models, American history (especially 1933), on economic design, on ecology, and on worktime economics, linguistics, Limits to Growth, and Buckminster Fuller. The deep green center is the future, and we strategize for the next 100-500 years, not just the next quarterly report or four-year presidential term. Our site is always under construction. *Asterisked links take you *outside our site.
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