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July 9th, 2014
thesmithian

the project i’m working on with my husband is called HRDCVR.

thanks to our kickstarter backers, in addition to creating a soul-crushingly brilliant hardcover culture magazine for the new every1, we’re offering four virtual-ish fellowships. we’re taking apps now for two of them: the above, in writing & research, and there’s one for social media as well. coming soon: one in design, and one in content leadership.

please see this page for fellowship and other opportunities.

also: here’s the hrdcvrlife tumblr.

June 9th, 2014
thesmithian

'From the perspective of ordinary folks, it feels like we’ve experienced six and a half lost years.'

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June 8th, 2014
thesmithian

There used to be a lot of coal miners, but not any more…it’s a job that was destroyed by technology long ago, with only a relative handful of workers—0.06 percent of the US work force—still engaged in mining.

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June 6th, 2014
thesmithian

…full-time single-source employment seems to be becoming a fond memory. People are scrambling to cobble a living together any way they can. It’s a world of Airbnb and Etsy rather than Hilton hotel and Sears, so it’s no surprise that people would try to earn…cash using cars they already own…the cab companies are fighting a losing battle…

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May 18th, 2014
thesmithian
The next step for me is not about portraying how we’re the same; it’s about portraying our differences, exactly who we are…I will say, Grey’s Anatomy has never dealt with race. And that was up to [creator Shonda Rhimes]…It bummed me out because I feel like, this could be a great story idea, or even like a joke. But [Grey’s Anatomy’s producers] would not go for it, because it was a show choice.
May 18th, 2014
thesmithian
…anybody who stops and says “What the hell is going on here?” is a chump. No one wants to be led back, everybody wants to go forward. So the rich and educated buy insurance. Putting the money they already have in hedge funds where the proprietors are taxed at capital gains rates while you and me pay through the nose. If they’ve got to work, they get jobs most people can’t even understand. The rest of us try to get on reality TV, or develop apps, or get on TV singing shows. Did you see they were dying? Because people would rather watch “Shark Tank.” That’s the American dream, coming up with something to strike it rich. But not everybody wants to play the odds, some people just want to live comfortably. But unions are anathema and the left wing says to bring manufacturing back but isn’t about to give up $200 flat screens. So we’ve got a wealth of disinformation and where does this leave me? Like John Lennon said, the dream is over. Face it. We’re all chumps. Except for the few winners. Do I expect it to go on forever? No, the Fox News audience is aging out. The rich have become embattled, that’s why they hide behind walls. And the poor are uneducated and uninformed. But everybody’s pissed that they can’t get an abortion, health care, welfare, that there’s no safety net. Of course there is one, but it’s not extensive like it used to be, they’re pulling the rug out from under you. How am I supposed to pick myself up by my bootstraps if there’s no OPPORTUNITY?
May 18th, 2014
thesmithian
When the President of the Board of Directors of a start-up, non-profit, public health NGO calls the office line, I answer.
Him: Can we expect to see you at tonight’s event?
Me: Yes.
Him: I’m sure you’re going to get dressed up very nicely.
Before the conversation ends, he asks me to relabel 50 business cards, because he forgot to grab some before boarding the train. I not only *dressed up very nicely* for the event, but was the only staff member to work the event-in below-freezing temperatures to boot.
Here’s to being the only 20-something year old female in the work place.
[look of the day]
May 17th, 2014
thesmithian

“I think of towns…where Red Lobster is sometimes the only seafood restaurant, and a place older people and families go to either regularly or for special occasions…Whether you think chain restaurants are good or bad, when they close, it leaves a hole in people’s lives. Who’ll miss a Red Lobster? That was the (partly rhetorical) question my agent asked me when I told him I was writing about one. The answer, I found out, is lots of folks—both people who work there and people who eat there.”

Stewart O’Nan, reacting to the news that Red Lobster is being sold.

Both Olive Garden and Red Lobster have been losing customers in recent years, even as they changed their menus and marketing campaigns to win back business. Part of the problem is the growing popularity of places like Chipotle and Panera…

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May 17th, 2014
thesmithian
You know, I was locked up previously…I feel way more confident now.

Jerome Davis

a 42-year-old who graduated from ECA’s weatherization program, said his work with the Connection Training Services staff instilled a sense of confidence in him that he lacked the last time he had been released from jail.

CTS is

…has worked to give the formerly incarcerated of Philadelphia—where the recidivism rate is 65.3 percent and three-year reincarceration rate is 41.1 percent — the skills they need to land on their feet. Last week, CTS graduated the first crop of participants in their new federally funded Training to Work program.

May 10th, 2014
thesmithian
Students from higher-income families have the luxury of waiting for a job in their fields…but middle- and lower-class students often have to take the first job they’re offered. As a result, a huge part of their income goes to loan payments.
March 27th, 2014
thesmithian

Older men in tech are discovering the unseen work that women and people of color have done for decades. Fitting in is hard work—an additional, invisible task on the daily to-do list.

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March 26th, 2014
thesmithian

There are now more people working as private security guards than high school teachers.

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March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

'What this has meant in the U.S. and elsewhere…is that the “good guys” who want to implement policies to get the unemployed back to work are too often caving to the pressure of the “pain caucuses” pushing sky-is-falling predictions about “runaway inflation and soaring interest rates” as a justification to do nothing. It’s a battle of good versus evil…and the bad guys seem to be winning…'

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March 20th, 2014
thesmithian

'In Spain 57% of the population below 30 is unable to find a job…The worrying list also includes Greece with 58% and Croatia, the Union’s newest member state, with 52%.'

Being young, motivated, and well-educated no longer means being on the path for financial independence today. Especially not in Spain, where many ambitious graduates are refused employment on the grounds of being overqualified. The lucky ones might find an unpaid internship or an underpaid, temporary job that scarcely matches their qualifications.

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