May 2020

  1. Gig worker rights matter - for all of us

    As COVID-19 sweeps across the world, gig work is in demand. Shops, restaurants, and bars are closed; and with most traditional workplaces shut, workers are furloughed or asked to work from home. But that’s not true for everyone: our new lifestyle has led to an explosion in demand for home deliveries, from groceries to just about everything Amazon has on offer. And whilst some early reports suggested a slump in food delivery services as we rediscover the joys of home cooking, the experience of countries further down the COVID timeline shows a sustained surge in demand.

    By Jeremias Adams-Prassl , written on

    From the Sharing Economy desk

  2. Why are so many tech crowdfunding projects such a mess?

    “Overpromise, and underdeliver” has become a running theme of crowdfunders. The budget was severely underestimated. There are manufacturing delays. The product doesn’t work as smoothly as everyone thought it would. The product doesn’t work at all. There is no product, because the founder never actually planned to make it in the first place.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the Crowdfunding desk

  3. How to resist self-driving car hype

    Three years on, ‘Full Self-Driving’ and the promised coast-to-coast drive seem even less realistic than they did in 2017.

    By Jack Stilgoe , written on

    From the Disruption desk