was laid oﬀ from my job. And going back to the job market, after having worked 10 years in a company, was not as easy as it was before.‘ Interviewee #24, Freelance customer success specialist ‘There doesn't appear to be any room for advancement for what, $12 and hour or $14 an hour? So I think that part of the problem is the self-worker is basically saying, "Yeah, I am choosing independent work, but not because it's really the way I want to work, but because the stuﬀ that's out there is really lousy”’ Interviewee #29, Labor activist
Finding new clients, marketing their skills. INCOME STABILITY ↑ Keep up with the latest technologies and software. SKILLS DEVELOPMENT 🞮 Managing invoicing, receiving payments on time, ﬁling tax returns. ADMINISTRATIVE WORK
have planned networking sessions. Some are just for networking. CONNECTIONS In many cases, people attend meetups as a way to start projects (AKA side hustles). EXPERIENCE Some meetup groups provide education, through peer to peer lectures and seminars. EDUCATION Photo: Meetup event, Vancouver, Sept.2018
Julian Orr described occupational communities as ‘bounded work cultures populated by people who share similar identities and values that transcend speciﬁc organizational settings’. The unanswered question is: can Meetup become the modern counterpart of occupational communities? Can these informal organizations work at a systemic level and develop into safety net for ﬂexible and gig workers?
through meetups reinforce an individualistic approach to systemic problems of ﬂexibility. Independent workers transition from being marginalized nodes within networks of production to become themselves the center of subnetworks of labor supply - often mediated by digital marketplaces.
for independent workers. That means building campaigns and taking political action on issues like improved access to health and dental beneﬁts, better pay and protections for contract and freelance workers, access to parental leave and more.” Urbanworker.ca https://www.urbanworker.ca