Towards and Idler Society

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by Anand Vijayan (proposing) on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Section
Society

Session type
Debate

Technical level
Intermediate

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Objective

Though proposed by a few and endorsed by many, reduction of work hours is not an important idea that is on the minds of planners, economists, government, business. The ones that do speak of it do it in completely theoretical terms and do not take into account the practical difficulties of revamping the existing organization of work and the economy.
Would it be possible for us to give this thought a shot?

Description

The New Economic Foundation, London proposes a 21 hour work day.
http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/entry/21-hours This is in line with some earlier thinkers like Bertrand Russel http://www.zpub.com/notes/idle.html and resonate with thoughts of Shuemacher (Small is Beautiful), etc. This has ramifications for the economy, business, all. The session is proposed as starting point for a meditation on these.

Requirements

Common Sense; Expertise in Practical Organization of Work; An Openness to Change and seeing things differently

Speaker bio

Participants should be people who are of a practical orientation and understand the consequences of actions and policy in both organizations and the economy