The COVID-19 crisis has laid bare the precarious nature of gig-based work, especially for Gen Zers and Yers. With young people facing dim career prospects amid an economic downturn, how can businesses within the gig economy evolve to acknowledge their reconfigured needs and values?
Dr. Winifred R. Poster is a lecturer in international affairs at Washington University, St. Louis. Her interests include digital globalization, feminist labor theory, and technologies of activism. She’s been following high-tech firms from the US to the Global South, globally situating the political economy of labor.
Daniel Arubayi is a researcher at the Fairwork Project. He is currently a final-year doctoral student at the University of Manchester. He has previously contributed to and is part of the International Network for Transport and Accessibility in Low-Income Communities (INTALInC), which examines the mobility needs of vulnerable urban populations in the Global South.
Andres Zambrano Bravo is a Berlin-based freelance journalist who loves to ask why. He loves puzzles and seeks answers to social phenomena and trends, helping researchers, companies, and artists to also find their voice along the way. When not annoying people with questions, you can find him spinning records in one of Berlin’s smoky venues.
Tiring of Big Tech, Gen Zers are seeking out alternative platforms. Members of Gen Z Mafia are building the tech world they want to see from the ground up. Since its launch, users include college and high school students, founders, and young employees at tech companies and start-ups.
Centered around the experiences and opinions of Black users, Black Twitter is a subculture on the platform where Black voices are unfiltered. This collective explores Black identity and demonstrates the positive impact of community in times of crisis and racial injustice.
A study has found that presenting news with a humorous angle makes it more memorable for Gen Yers and Zers, upping their likelihood to share on social media. Amid widespread news fatigue, humor can be an important tool to help people understand and relate to political news.
Successful vaccine rollouts may signal a return to offices in 2021, but given the pandemic’s drastic impact on people’s values and attitudes, what will they expect from employers going forwards? Canvas8 spoke to Dr. Naeema Pasha of the Henley Business School about the future of work.