17th August 2012 The Fifth State of Freelance

What do those images have in com­mon?       At the top, one of the mas­ter­pieces of mod­ern Ital­ian art, “The fourth state” from Pelizza da Volpedo (1901) and beneath it, a con­tem­po­rary the­atre piece with the evoca­tive title of “The fifth state” (2011). The “Fourth State” por­trays the pro­le­tar­ian class, those whose only…

8th August 2012 Green Ethics and Cheap Work

It’s been a while. Instead of writ­ing for noway­tomakealiv­ing, I’ve been doing field­work for a research project called ‘Green Col­lar work’, inves­ti­gat­ing the val­ues and moti­va­tions for those work­ing in eco-businesses, with a par­tic­u­lar inter­est in envi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tants and those sell­ing eco-products. It’s been fas­ci­nat­ing. I’ve met a shaman, a for­mer banker and a guitarist,…