Gig Worker Design Ideas
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Commoditized jobs are so different from other jobs, they should be a third worker classification. etcetc
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People should do jobs that are beneath them at least 1x/year.
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Elected officials should be required to work a day in the life with their constituents once per quarter.
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Onboarding protocol that includes values exercise, motivation mapping, identify priorities outside work - to foster identity formation outside work
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Onboarding college freshmen - mandatory course in financial literacy and social history of exclusion
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Gov't should have gig partnerships to use gig work as employment for a social safety net
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Tinder for entrepreneurs - match with people working on similar concepts @ different stages (mentorship, networking, co-learning)
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Random job generator that pairs you to work 'day in the life' with nearby stranger
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Restructure higher edu to include apprentice based learning in all fields
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bring back the company family picnic
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Gov't mandate financial literary programs in low-income, underperforming K-12 schools
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Create third worker classification for commodity jobs (1099, W2, commodity)
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Mavis Beacon for developing middle school financial literacy
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Carbon offsets for community service - aggregating hours with orgs that are council approved year over year and provide incentives (tax breaks?)
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Policy that elected officials work 1x month 'day in the life' with their constituents
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End of month calendar readout reports that show you what you prioritized that month - connecting work and personal calendars. Year in review mode as well.
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Family Needs policy - creates room for transparency around tending to family needs by booking into calendar time off
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Unemployment offices should require job seekers to do gig work while job seeking.
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Socially supported giving "I give where I live" in-app promos that unlock ridership discounts and improve brand loyalty. Impacts your rating score or earns you badge to show what you've given to.
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Memes based learning modules
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Visualized data re: inclusion practices at companies - visual inclusion report card
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Mapping mental models for resiliency.
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Social platform branded around "realness" not aspirationg3The American Dream is hostile to anything other than the pursuit of economic success. 14interactive filters (snap, instagram)
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It is an AR filter that "downgrades" or "upgrades" your belongings.
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It is a magic 8-ball that only answers the question: "Is this the American Dream" and the answer is always "yes"
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Social media filter for #myAmericanDream
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Branding of middle market video streaming content as bougie / high-enda4The performance of class robs people from experiencing pride and joy in their accomplishments. 11subscription-models (hulu, hbo, barkbox)
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It's a service that mails out reminds of how awesome people are. "You rock! Love what you do!"
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Text bot that asks you for daily gratitutdes and send personalized gifts based on data
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Class marker subscription box with premium logos to put on your generic stuff
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service that "unlocks" short-term loans when users have a history of responsible spendinga2Class barriers are established by how you spend your money, rather than how much money you have.57microinvesting (robinhood, stash, acorns)
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app that psuedonomizes you and stack ranks you with your friends savings
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exclusive clubs only available to 50/30/20 planners
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penny stocks app targeted to low-income communities
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public goods, but savings is invested in for the buyer
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app that connects what you save shopping family dollar/walmart against higher end exclusive brands + invests a % of those savings for you.
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company/art project that rerecords famous finacial books into ASMR podcastsf1Anxiety is a convenient narrative for excusing oneself from the responsibility (growing pains) of personal growth. 29asmr videos
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public art project/phone booth that captures community ASMR content / inspiration quotes for others to consume
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ASMR rooms in banks/gyms/places of personal growth that prompt you to recenter
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"metal detector" like device that measures anxiety when entering school/work and forces you to watch ASMR if too high
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financial wellness podcast with ASMR partner
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ASMR community that allows you to unlock content by acheiving goals
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audio product that gives somatic coaching for self improvement
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audio product meant to be listened to while shopping to support good choices
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audio vault for goal setting that stores users' voice recording of goals and reminders (forcing people to chunk their goals and force midrange thinking)
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interactive ASMR station for SXSW
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ASMR experience booth for parties to settle social anxiety
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classroom ASMR kit for educators and special needs students
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at-home ASMR kits designed to help assuage anxiety, ocd, restlessness
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lurk-mode extension for spouses spying on their cheating spousej4Being someone's financial safety net puts you in a position of power - even when those funds aren't accessed. 61lurk-mode (tiktok)
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give purse holders power of lurk mode over benefactor accounts to intervene /cut off funds as needed
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SAFE, APD, and banking institution partner to enable sleep-mode for domestic violence victims in crisis
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AI that uses safety net / family interview to determine risk points and uses that as feedback for coaching
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anonymously send people positive messages during times of stress
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goal setting app/prompt that forces you to empathize with your safety net
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Mint-style app that let's you share "lurker" access with friends/family to promote good choices
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Mint app + you can pay extra for a financial advisor that gives you advice (REAL PERSON!) follows stitch-fix model (bucket people early on)
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Mint app that compares your spending habits to anonymized users that have similar profile (age/income) - you could follow them and see their methods - like a refinery 29 diary
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app that scrapes public venmo to compare your spending habits to your network
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"round up" for groups of people to create a shared rainy day fund
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anonymous round up cause groups to share funding success and develop democratized philanthrophy
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shop block extension at online checkouts that prompts you to consider how this impacts a longterm goal
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goal vault - an app for safe goal storageb5People feel insecure about their goals when those goals don't aspire beyond their means. 4facial recognition
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picture projection a mirror of self based on biosensing emotional state to reinforce you're good (ya feel like crap? here's a pic of you bein good n cute)
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rolling video diaries booth for goal and dream sharing - like your "solo" cam time on reality tv - connect to aggregating group like goals to tell visually
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govt sponsored goal setting and tracking program for all US residents over 18
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set a goal for the year (financial/professional) on your tax return and get your money back if you meet your goal next year
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an anonymizing relay to share goals with social network and give encouragement (someone in your network is trying to quit smoking and then you can encourage them - but you wouldn't know 100% who)
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post secret for goal sharing on twitter, etc.
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public projected lists congratulating nearby people for accomplishing their goals - but not disclosing exact details
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a VR environment that allows you to live within your goal world
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an after market limiter for your vape pen that bricks it if you dont have a minimum balance in your accountj1Tools help people organize money they have, but tools are useless if you don't have the funds. 57vaping (juul)
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piggy banks sold at gas stations that encourage spending habits (50/30/20)
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vape wallet - keep your money and your juul together <3
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employer incentive program that new workers can opt into to teach new workers snowball money management
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watching ads online unlocks free hits from a vape pen
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billboard ad campaign about gig workersh1Gig work is a pathway to a better professional/financial life.41luxury fitness trends (soulcycle, equinox)
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micro-mentor placement for high school student trying to find their career path (nonprofit)
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in person office that has "professionals for hire" with gig workers
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gig app to get last minute seat fillers for lux fitness classes that want to seem full
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earn free fitness classes by doing small gigs for them
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gig work live streams for others to share advice (like twitch)k1More jobs can become commoditized (not just current gig work). Opening more jobs to platforms would destigmatize current gigs. 40blending online and physical experiences for brands
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Hub club (we work ) exclusively for gig workers)
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Gig union (to create HAAM like network for health insurance) - like churches do too
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Brand free hub for gig workers to work on their side hustle/dream with likeminded people
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selling vintage clothing or other things out of gig driver trunks (shop on app while they drive)k4Creatives and gig work are a good match66buy it for life (slow fashion)
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match makers with gig drivers for mobile storefronts - set up shop when driving is slow (6th st buzz time)
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tools to support a long-term engagement as a gig worker supplementing creative careers
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musician-specific onbarding by sponsoring a music festival - battle of the bands - all performers must be drivers
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museum/art space that anyone can contribute to - but you can only ADD, never subtract
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gig/creative platform that facilitates tool share
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store/environment/app that acts as a library/consignment hybrid
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policy that forces creatives to keep everything they make for at least 10 years
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platform for creatives to trade micro skills (canvas stretching for brush cleaning)
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make public transit free via lyft and uber taxh5Gig work reinforces short term thinking with its transaction focus. 22shift from user-centered to life-centered: designing for one to designing for the collective
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gig platform owned collectively by the people doing the labor
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gig work platform with 1/2 board seats reserved for the drivers/gig workers
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policy that forces gig companies to invest $ per transaction for gig work health
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show gig workers the snowball effect if they saved and how they could be more stable for their network
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