June 4, 2015 to whitehouse.gov: Blommer Chocolate Co.

Blommer Chocolate Co. learned how to preserve their intergenerational family business and grow even after hostile shareholder activity threatened to sell them off to a multinational corporation. I support job creation which also has job preservation as a priority, and which prioritizes long term business goals over quarterly profits.  http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-05-18/business/ct-chocolate-smell-chicago-blommer-biz-0518-20140518_1_cocoa-henry-blommer-blommer-chocolate-co

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June 3, 2015 to whitehouse.gov: Lauren Rivera’s new book

Lauren A. Rivera’s new book holds promise to understand current hiring practices at the highest-paying firms and fields, where “cultural fit” euphemistically covers acts of discrimination. See also her op-ed in the New York Times this past week. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/05/27/qa-author-new-book-how-elite-students-get-elite-jobs

I support job creation efforts which level the playing field for people of talent who do not fit class-based norms of acceptability.

June 1, 2015 to whitehouse.gov: Artisan’s Asylum Somerville

I support federal funding of innovation spaces such as ‘maker spaces’.  In Somerville, this maker space has gone so far as to communicate best practices on how to establish maker spaces elsewhere, supported by colleague organizations and by MassDevelopment, the Commonwealth’s economic development and finance agency.  Clearly they and others believe in their model.  http://artisansasylum.com/how-to-make-a-makerspace/

May 31, 2015 to whitehouse.gov

I support the ideas found here for job creation: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/11/overtime-pay-obama-congress-112954_Page3.html#ixzz3biXWjx00

A daughter of a friend who works for Amazon in their warehouses doesn’t have time to breastfeed her child when she gets home from her gruelling shift. She is a young woman, but she is too stressed even now to give her child good care. Please raise the federal cap on OT so that the job market favors the needs of workers.

The labors of leisure

My understanding is that there are a whole lot of people out there who are working too hard at their jobs.  The purpose of this blog is to allow a sounding board to be created by myself and whomever else is interested in seeing people work less hard, work fewer hours, and where possible, work smarter and with more innovation when the prior two goals are achieved.

I’m focusing on policy considerations, but other types of posts are possible, too.  Not really looking for work efficiency geekery here, more about how we can work together to put a reasonable work/life balance at the forefront of policymakers’ priorities.

My part in this will be to write short notes to the White House using the online comments section at whitehouse.gov and publish the text here.  I’m planning to do this every day for a year.

I hope you can find the time and energy to join me with your posts and comments.