26 
years ago), aren’t counted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in a consistent and ongoing
way” (Horowitz, 2011, June 26).
There is no doubt that “take your child to work day” may be happening right at home or at
a coworking office coming soon to your neighborhood. At the moment, coworking is
gaining momentum and this is evidenced with a Global Coworking Unconference
Conference, which will be happening in Austin, Texas in March 2013
(http://www.austingcuc.com/2013/). There is a growing population recognizing the
potential for a large interdependent work population where shared office space and cross-
fertilization can happen to counteract creative isolation. The developing of coworking
enterprises throughout the country demonstrates a new conscience emerging that is taking
hold of the imagination for envisioning new career possibilities.
How we landed here was certainly not accidental and futurists such as Alvin Toffer, author
of Future Shock (1971), The Third Wave (1984) and Powershift: Knowledge, Wealth, and
Violence at the Edge of the
21st
Century (1991) predicted many of the dramatic changes as
a culture moves from the industrial to information age. Jeremy Rifkin, in his groundbreaking
bestseller, updated for the 21st century, The End of Work: The Decline of the Global Labor
Force and the Dawn of the Post-Market Era (Rifkin, 1995, 2004) views the decline in jobs
as a justice issue if the human race is to have a viable future:
While the emerging ‘knowledge sector’ and new markets abroad will create some
new jobs, they will be too few to absorb the vast numbers of workers displaced by
the new technologies. Every nation will have to grapple with the question of what
to do with the millions of people whose labor is needed increasingly less, or not at
all, in an ever more automated global economy. Rethinking the very nature of work
is likely to be the single most pressing concern facing society in the decades to
come. Rifkin warns that the end of work could mean the demise of civilization as
we have come to know it, or signal the beginning of great social transformation and
the rebirth of human spirit. (Rifkin, back cover, 2004)
In the debate about how best to divide up the benefits of productivity advances,
every country must ultimately grapple with an elementary question of economic
justice. Put simply, does every member of society, even the poorest among us,
have a right to participate in and benefit from increases in productivity brought on
by the information and technology revolutions? (Rifkin, 2004, p. 267)
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