| ||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 -
...About 8% less, in fact, according to a new study of global CEOs (photo caption)...
[Cuz they have lives and "corporate suits" don't?]
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...Steven Gewirz, a third-generation executive at Potomac Investment Properties, a family-owned commercial and residential real-estate firm in Washington, D.C., usually leaves the office between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., allowing him to eat dinner with his family. In the summer, he'll take three-day weekends at his vacation home in Rhode Island, and he enjoys seven- to 10-day-long vacations several times a year... "You have a perspective that life is more than money"... To be sure, Ms. Sadun acknowledged, hours worked is a "very crude measure of effort."... - see whole article under today's date.
CHESTER, Tex., USA - Chester Post Office will likely reduce hours from the current seven hours to four hours, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday soon... Chester Post Office is currently open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday... - see whole article under today's date.
TIVERTON, Devon, U.K. - Opening times at the Ashley tip near Tiverton are set to be cut by ten hours a week as part of council cost-cutting measures. The Devon County Council-run recycling centre is currently open from 8am on weekdays but from April 1 will open at 9am. People who use the facility after work will also be affected, as the changes will see the centre close an hour earlier at 5pm, rather than 6pm as at present...
- 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 -
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spreading RECESSION transitioning to DEPRESSION (archives) though spun by Wall Streeters as "slow recovery" to obscure their role in creating it by funneling unlimited percentages of the money supply to themselves, thus trapping it in torpid circulation in financial markets partitioned from warpspeed circulation in consumer & business markets -
A Journal analysis of a stockholder database found that over 1,600 brokers failed to report bankruptcies, criminal charges or other violations, WSJ, A1:1 pointer to A1:4.
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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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