American companies generate a lot of wealth. But Americans aren't seeing much of it. Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff says that's because today's corporations are obsessed with one thing -- growth. We'll find out why our economy's operating system is broken and how we can fix it, as we rethink work. Also, we'll explore the six-hour work day and the case for a universal basic income.
Wasn't the digital economy supposed to help all of us gain access to meaningful work? Computers would do the boring jobs while people did the stuff that matters. Instead, we've got workers replaced by robots and taxi drivers losing out to Uber. What went wrong? Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff has a word for it: growth.
Dan Lyons was a magazine writer and the technology editor at Newsweek. But one Friday morning, he found out that he'd lost his job. He was 50 with a wife and two kids. What was he going to do? And then he had an idea -- since he had so much experience reporting on Silicon Valley and the tech explosing, why not join it? So Dan scored a gig with HubSpot, a Boston start-up flush with 100 million dollars in venture capital. It was an experience, to say the least.
The idea of a universal basic income is getting serious consideration these days from governments -- in Switzerland, Finland, even Kenya. Could it get traction in the U.S.? Absolutely, says journalist Rutger Bregman.
What makes a happy workplace? It's pretty clear that most of us want more than just a paycheck. We walso want to do something we care about. The quest to build a corporate culture around meaningful work is what led Chip Conley to the pioneering psychologist Abraham Maslow and his "hierarchy of needs." At the bottom of Maslow's pyramid are baisc survival needs like food and shelter. And at the top is "self-actualization," where people reach their full potential. So what would a self-actualizing company look like?