Freelancing in the UK, Part 2: Out of the Cubicle, Into the Cube
I met with THE CUBE today. If you had asked me before, I would have said it's a co-working site -- but that was before I met founder Araceli Camargo. To the extent I understand, she's working off theories based in neurology and other “-ologies” to promote what just might become the new ways to work that aren’t based in “home” or "office." I talked to Camargo about the Cameron administration, which recently has been articulating a concept called "big society." This concept, which reminds me of “red Toryism” and Phillip Blond’s ideas of more community-focused capitalism, seems to be ushering in the next era of shrinking government. At the same time, it seems there’s a lot of protesting going on here about government cuts -- I think this has been under-reported in the U.S. Whether we like it or hate it, we’d do well to be thinking about what it might mean for us. For Freelancers Union, we’ve long been accustomed to freelancers having to do without much support from government, so maybe we’re ahead of the curve in terms of developing solutions based on each other's support (what I call “new mutualism”) rather than the government’s. The Cube is set to open an office in Manhattan this spring -- so we'll be eager to let freelancers know what they are up to. The last stop on my tour of freelance England will be with the PCG, the main freelancer group in the UK. Sara Horowitz is founder and Executive Director of Freelancers Union.