Culture helps us understand who we are and how we can improve our lives. For instance, consider the 1990s-working culture and reflect on yourself as a freelancer. Today, freelance culture is about depending on each other, establishing informal networks as well as maintenance systems. As freelancers, we need to be part of a group of workers who develop sustainable professions, groups as and institutions that will support us in the long term. As freelancers, we are not just online workers; we are part of a group of workers in the 21st century.
Consider the meaning of work 20-30 years ago when public workers were highly respected because of the benefits that came with being a public worker. Conversely, today, we are compelled to thrive in a volatile environment as freelancers in which we do not have job security, pension, health insurance benefits and many other challenges (no pensions, no holidays, no sick leave, no bonuses etc.).
The good news is that we have the potential to create wealth, improve our lives if we come together, and embrace the freelance culture. Workers in the 1990s transformed their society and economy by creating strong unions that allowed them to enjoy benefits of working. As freelancers, we have an opportunity today to take advantage of our informal networks, freedom and liveliness and existing technology to change our lives. We need loans to establish businesses, invest, buy land and protect our future just like other workers.
We are driven by freelance culture standards: trust, acceptability, and connectedness. Freelancing gives us the strength to transform our financial life to address our needs as members of the new work culture.
The significant thing to remember is that freelance work is a new culture and thus, as members of this culture we can take advantage of its strengths: we are networked and connected.
We cannot depend on the current environment or traditional institutions to meet our needs. We must create our institutions tailored to address our needs and ensure that we teach other freelancers and share with them to preserve the freelance culture and its sustenance.
We must think about our lives based on our new mutual needs and understanding. Based on these ideas, we must evaluate our unmet needs, create solutions on how to transform society and make the solutions work by being active participants. We must understand our priorities, values, and obligations to understand and define the freelance culture. Consider a traditional worker today and other workers in the past three decades, what sets you apart?
Benefits of Coming Together
Teachers have KNUT, Nurses have NNAK, Doctors have KMA, what about… Freelance Union Kenya?
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