This article is a lengthy but fascinating exploration of where things could head: "The possibility seems significant enough," says Thompson, "—and the consequences disruptive enough—that we owe it to ourselves to start thinking about what society could look like without universal work, in an effort to begin nudging it toward the better outcomes."
If you're interested but just don't have the time to read it all, here's a breakdown so you can skim ahead to what interests you:
p.1-13: the history and facts supporting the diminishment of work, why it has comes to this, and what that looks like
p.13-17: the psychological effects on the individual of not having meaningful 'work' (wow did these ever resonate!!)
p.17-25: what a world of less employment could look like ...how can we find meaningful work without formal wages?
p.25-32: how it would affect culture, society, and politics, and what are some out-of-the-box steps the govt could take to promote an engaged, creative, community-based society in the absence of work?
Rather than disheartening, I found this article incredibly inspiring and meaningful. Here's to reporters who are willing to brainstorm and imagine the beautiful possibilities!
Here is the link:
(download as a PDF in order for the pages to match up with my indexing)