Ideas Made to Matter Design

2020, illustrated

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Six illustrations we loved this year.

Dec 7, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Labor

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella preps for work of the future

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talks about artificial intelligence, how technology can democratize expertise, and the perils of remote work in an attention economy.

Nov 24, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Labor

The case for an 'automation tax'

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Some automation displaces workers and lowers wages. A new report argues that taxing the right technologies could help remedy this.

Oct 28, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Labor

How the gig economy can reduce unemployment and debt

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In areas where Uber operates, car owners saw fewer unemployment claims and credit delinquencies from 2012 to 2016.

Sep 29, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Labor

Glimpsing the future of work in warehouses

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MIT Sloan doctoral candidate Alex Kowalski is researching practical ways to improve warehouse jobs.

Aug 26, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Labor

In cities, the escalator of opportunity has stalled

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The “urban wage advantage” for workers without a college degree is sliding fast. Black men have suffered the steepest drops.

Aug 5, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Robots

Measuring the actual impact of robots on jobs

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Industrial robots do reduce jobs and wages — especially for workers in the automotive industry and certain parts of the country.

Jul 29, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Economy

Telecommuting exposes fault lines in COVID-19 economy

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New research shows those who can’t work from home bear the brunt of the pandemic’s economic fallout — particularly women with children.

Jun 25, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Economy

How to restart the economy with a ‘safe’ workforce

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When the time comes, restarting the economy needs to be as quick and safe as possible. Safe workers, “immunity certificates,” and digital tracking could help.

Apr 14, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Economy

Social distancing now helps the local economy later

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Public health interventions do not depress the economy, says a new study based on data from the 1918 flu outbreak.

Apr 6, 2020
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