Work shattered, the book comes out

Last night comes the email organizer of " Work shattered ", an event which took place just a year ago in Bologna:

Beloved, the book Work shattered is finally ready. If I do have an address I am sending you a free copy that is up to those who have contributed a piece.

Well, good. I had almost given up hope on the fate of this publication. See reported now my intervention on the side of the essay by Andrew Ross (!!) is a nice surprise that puts me in a good mood. If you are interested, you will find information on the website of Shadows Court , the publisher. Below you will find a card of the book:

Lavoro in frantumi - Ombre Corte Work shattered
Precarious condition, new conflicts and neoliberal regime
by F. beans and E. Leonardi
pp. 222
€ 20.00
isbn 978-88-97522-05-8

The book

What remains today of the work that we have known in the industrial modernity? Probably only a few fragments, which is not easy, and perhaps even useful, trying to recompose. The modern relationship between work and citizenship is now, in fact, shed completely into question. While it is the result of a persistent strategy of deregulation and humiliation of the work, whose main effect is a condition of generalized precariousness, the other must be found, inside and against it, an escape route capable encouraging the emergence of the upright surplus of subjectivity that the end of the Fordist work gives a glimpse. To understand the phenomenon as a whole must then avoid reducing the analysis of the condition of the work within a paradigm of affliction as necessary as insufficient, and instead study the relationship in the post-Fordist capitalism and biopolitics is to be established between work, social production and appropriation of wealth. The book proposes, in particular transdisciplinary reflection on how the different forms of work are inscribed in the new process of creation of value based, now more and more clearly, the entire time of life and social cooperation. The intent is to investigate the crushing and insecurity as a cornerstone, alongside the processes of financialization, the new regime of capital accumulation. Only by relating the latter with strengths through it it is possible to understand the elements that carattarezzano our society and the forces that can change the course.

The authors
A. Amendola, E. Armano, D. Banfi, S. Bologna, A. Cazzola, F. beans, Cominu S., A. Curcio, A. Fumagalli, M. Gray, E. Leonardi, S. Lucarelli, S. Mezzadra C. Morini, A. Ross.

The curators
Federico beans teaches Sociology of Work and Organisation and enterprise at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bologna. His publications include: Capitalism, work and forms of subjectivity (Sapere2000, 2005) and, with Gigi Roggero, Jobs and the production of value in the knowledge economy (Franco Angeli, 2009).

Emanuele Leonardi is PhD candidate at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, University of Western Ontario. His publications include: "Wealth and limits of environmentalism," in Ottavio Marzocca (eds), govern the environment? (Mimesis, 2009).

Proposals to reform the work of Renzi

At the end of the marathon at the Leopolda of breakers led by Matteo Renzi I came out these proposals (I limit myself to these, as I follow the theme of the work) to reform the issue Work in Italy.

19. Reforming pensions for even pensions. Pension he can, right away, to equalize the retirement age for women with that of men, by establishing a single window registry of 63-67 years to enter the retirement allowance commensurate with the life expectancy according to revised actuarial coefficients annually. Accelerate the transition to the system of contributions for all. Elimination of retirement pensions as part of a pact between the generations. Part of the savings obtained will be used to fund the elimination of social security contributions for young new hires

20. New rules to prevent the overlapping of pensions.

26. Reforming professional associations. We must abolish any professional superfluous and bring back the remaining to a function of market regulators and not of corporate protection for those already working. We must get to the abolition of minimum rates and further reduction restrict advertising for professional offices, so that everyone has the opportunity to introduce themselves.

29. Liberalize insurance on accidents and diseases. The activities carried out by Inail, the public monopoly in charge of insurance for illnesses and injuries of workers plays a typical of any insurance company private. Then you have to open the access of insurance against accidents at work to private companies of insurance or reinsurance.

35. Overcoming the insecurity through the single contract to progressive protections. To overcome the dualism of the labor market, which sees the workers with all the guarantees and other (young) with no guarantee should be introduced a single contract to progressive protections that give greater certainty to the young.

36. Reforming the social security benefits. We need to move from layoffs, ordinary and extraordinary, to unemployment benefits universal, applicable to employees of small businesses and geared to the policy of welfare to work on the Danish model.

37. The corporate contracts against poor wages. Today Italian workers receive an average wage lower than our neighboring countries such as Germany and France. One way to get higher wages for Italian workers is to support the business contracts that can, when business conditions permit, grow beyond the provisions of collective bargaining agreements.

38. Excise pink. Italy has the lowest percentage of female employment in Europe. The rate of women, the number of women that occurs in the labor market, is the lowest. A tax advantage reserved for the recruitment of women and a large number of years can lead to realign the upper equality between men and women in terms of labor.

Drawn from the 100 proposals Matteo Renzi (& Co.)

Very briefly Renzi supports the reformist line of Pietro Ichino (35), attached with reform of the dampers (36), but not for everyone, although there is talk of universality, an idea for sure, already proposed by Sacconi in Connected job and in Status of work. Renzi then turning his rates rose and decentralized bargaining notwithstanding CCNL (also present between the lines of the famous Article 8 of the maneuver of the Berlusconi government). On deregulation goes further the philosophy of the Bersani Decree, providing for the elimination of professional associations. On pensions think like Boeri on contributions for all but eliminate seniority pensions (!) Taking only exit window 63-67 the same for everyone, men and women and facilitating cash balances with youth work with notional contribution, at cost zero ie on the cost of youth work (a line for another similar to that of Montezemolo). Completely new and interesting hypothesis in paragraph 29 of liberalization of insurance on accidents and diseases, but where there is no explicit reference to any possibility of opt-out by the public system.

In other words nothing totally divergent from the party line or at least of some of its members (preferring reformism Ichino to the line of Fassina), contaminated by positions heterogeneous and in some cases the right. Still completely absent discourse on the universality of the right (citizen's income, etc.) or more elementary equiparazioni among workers in general, which may include the self-employed and freelance, for example.

The Coworking Conference 2011

In a couple of days I will be in Berlin to follow the Coworking Conference 2011 (hashtag on Twitter #coworkingeu). Anyone else?

Coworking Conference 2011

I throw the notes via FTP?

Published by Linda Gratton of the London Business School on his blog The Future of Work , this makes me feel special and feel a bit 'old. I finished the university in 1996, not long therefore :-) but I do not remember one portable classroom in those years. Perhaps because it was more productive to look at fellow bench chat on Facebook to find the love of life, perhaps because laptops cost a fortune. What I wonder is who the real appendix? The computer for the body that learns, or the arm and the mind that governs for the machines that have invaded the areas of learning?

University of Missouri

Between professional and coworking

Two more reviews of Life by Freelance. A curated by Radio City Fujiko , who interviewed me during the presentation of the book in Bologna on 11 October at Libraries Coop.

Radio Citta Fujiko - Bologna

The journalist Alice Bellicioni, whom I thank, devotes a page of the cultural space of the site to our book and Mama Tandoori Ernest van der Kwast. Queued to review public radio the audio of the interview aired last Thursday, which I reproduce here for convenience. There is talk of freelance safeguards, independent journalists, future.

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GIOIA The second review (.PDF) is edited by Loredana Oliva, girlfriend, journalist, twitter heavy urser :-) and published in the current issue of Joy (October 29, 2011, p. 181). Thanks to Loredana. Here his beautiful piece:

Una vita da freelance - Loredana Oliva - GIOIA

Free economy, no thanks.

I will not stop repeating it, and it happens around here for years (try to do a search on with keywords "work" + "free" ), that the free labor kill the professional dignity of the individual and the general working conditions . This is demonstrated by the recent correspondence (PDF) between the publisher of Flash Art and a young desinger now abroad, which has been awarded the friendly epithet of "whore" because there did it and here in Italy at most It would be stuck in fake paid jobs or internships free to poor (or no) training content. A sad story, plenty of commentary online .

The advice is to avoid repeat work free, if possible, because it does not hurt only those who are called to account, but to those who are in the side and looking for a job. Mine is an invitation, but I have often tried to show its deep reasons in particular in the chapter "Working at what price?" Book of Life by Freelance (Feltrinelli, 2011), written with Sergio Bologna and in many articles of this blog, some sometimes even in a fun (see. " Marcel Mauss gave his essays publishers "), because in the end work for free is part of this world and if there reasons kidding end up hurt.

In some insights Newly they have reasoned also two good journalists, Roberta Carlini at the beginning of August in L'Espresso (11/08/2011) realized the investigation " We have to work for free "( here in. PDF) and then Loredana Saporito, who has recently published on Glamour (237 in November 2011) an article critical of the same sign, entitled " Just work for free! "(PDF download). In both articles shows arguments Silvia Bencivelli , Eleonora Voltolina ( The Republic of Interns ) and myself [that makes me think that maybe we should talk a little 'more about these issues, because we think then, at a distance, in the same way]. Following the article published in Glamour: "Continued ...

PCG's Guide to Freelancing

PCG's Guide To Freelancing The Guide to freelancing made ​​in UK has reached its sixth edition. In my opinion it is quite useful to those who perform professional work autonomously in Italy and is worth a look ...

Free can be downloaded from the website of PCG - Professional Contractor Group , the English counterpart of our ACTA .

The industrial revolution of our time

In an hour I will be at the Museum of the 900 in Piazza Duomo in Milan to talk to Paul Perulli, Gad Lerner and Cristina Tajani (commissioner to work the City of Milan) of the book I wrote with Sergio Bologna. I have no idea what space and time will be. I like to listen more than talk, but if I had a way, this is pretty much what I'd say.

The industrial revolution of our time

Writes Sara Horowitz of the Freelancers Union in The Atlantic that "The Freelance Surge is the Industrial Revolution of our Time", the emergence of the phenomenon is a freelance industrial revolution of our time. I am fully convinced of it. I write on a blog (this) for six years, three before when The BBC has noticed that there are VAT numbers, but after ten a work of Sergio Bologna and Andrea Fumagalli that led to the headlines of research social the "professional work independently of the second generation."

This means it is not new. Today everyone knows who is a freelance, maybe they did not clear how he can make a living. There is a lot of light on the fact that there are employees, plenty of shade on their social position. In identifying not have problems, they have it in the claims. The awareness of what being freelance is acquired quickly: I read, for example, the definition of a very young 26 year old, found on a blog:

"But who is now a freelance? It is an employee who is not in control and that from time to time works for those who commissioned a project. A freelancer is an expert who knows how to do their job very well and that has some specific skills that are specialized and continuously updated. What, instead, is a freelance? Not a guy that you can afford to work less, from home, is not a means worker. It's not a slacker who while working from the couch has given up a so-called normal work. "

There is a whole anthropology of freelance and some prejudice surrounding it. Forgot the stereotype Dodger, what I like best ... It is more difficult, however, to understand the relationships that self-employment has with culture and social status. What rights do they have? Are professionals or charlatans? They are an elite or intellectuals proletaroidi? "Continued ...

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