Just Work It is a platform for podcasts about decent work by and for millennials. It is hosted by Ausma Malik, Atkinson’s Director of Social Engagement.
2062 – Ep.2: Lighting Up the Economy
Employment is up. Wages are down. Most people have fewer choices and chances. It doesn’t add up. Some people are throwing their hands in the air because they don’t believe the economic system can change. Others are simply throwing shade on it. We’re drawn to people who are taking action today to generate more opportunities and wealth for whole communities in the future, not just a few individuals. Democracy Collaborative’s Ted Howard throws light on what it takes to design an economy that benefits everyone.
Ted Howard is a lifelong social justice advocate and campaigner for a democratic economy. He is the co-founder and president of the Democracy Collaborative with offices in Washington, D.C. and Cleveland, Ohio.
2062 – Ep.1: A Just Work It Live Event
In front of a live audience on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Atkinson’s Ausma Malik had a seriously funny conversation about inclusion, technology and power with U.S. comedian Hari Kondabolu and Canadian Roots Exchange’s Max FineDay. The podcast includes cameo appearances from the cast of The Jetsons, the first colour cartoon series which aired in 1962 and set in 2062.
Ausma, Hari and Max talk about bosses and workers, tech for lifestyles and livelihoods, and how race, money and gender colours everything for millennials. They dish about the antics of a space age family and workplace conceived 56 years ago — what’s changed, what’s frozen in time, and what we can do about the future today. Heads up! This episode contains language that some people may find offensive.
Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) is a Brooklyn-based comedian, podcaster and writer. His work includes Netflix special Warn Your Relatives, his critically-acclaimed 2017 documentary The Problem with Apu, and two comedy albums, Waiting for 2042 and Mainstream American Comedy. He has co-hosted two popular podcasts, Politically Reactive with comedian W. Kamau Bell and The Kondabolu Brothers.
Max FineDay (@MaxFineDay) is a nêhiyaw activist from the Sweetgrass First Nation. He works with Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth on reconciliation as the Executive Director of the Canadian Roots Exchange.
2062 – Ep.0: Get Ready for 2062!
We’ve covered a lot of topics when it comes to decent work and our generation — and we’re not done yet! Our third series about the future of work is dropping soon. It features U.S. comedian Hari Kondabolu and Indigenous activist Max FineDay. Stay tuned!
Lovers & Fighters – Ep.6: Decent Work in Your Workplace
Dramatic changes in the world of work are igniting new visions and strategies for decent work everywhere. Unionized and non-unionized workers alike are part of a movement to rebalance power and to create a future characterized by greater equality. In this episode, Ausma talks to Sarah Hoy and Fahmida Kamali, two young workers in the Ontario Public Service, to hear about their vision for decent work, millennial leadership, and inclusion in the public service. This episode was recorded LIVE! at the AMAPCEO Workplace Representatives Conference.
Sarah Hoy is a young worker and union activist, passionate about social justice. She works as a Program Analyst in the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services and is the co-chair of the Young Workers’ Caucus of AMAPCEO (@AMAPCEO).
Fahmida Kamali (@fahmidakamali) is a Senior Advisor working at the intersection of tech, inclusion, and policy innovation in the Ontario Digital Service. She is also the founder of ‘PS, I’m Muslim,’ a community for Muslims working in the public sector to connect and strategize for inclusion.
Lovers & Fighters – Ep.5: Making Democracy Work
There is a common phrase: “Real democracy is what happens between elections.” It also moves beyond politics – it’s how we relate to each other online and offline, at work and in the public square, wherever we find community. . We work together, often across difference, to make decisions in our individual and collective interest. So how do we ensure everyone is heard in the pursuit of decent work? Ausma sits down with Chris Cowperthwaite and Nicole Gagliardi to break this down.
Chris Cowperthwaite (@cswc) is a longtime political activist, working to empower citizens to drive change through civic and political action. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Open Democracy Project.
Nicole Gagliardi (@NickiGagliardi) brings together community knowledge and engagement to drive — and communicate — positive change. She works at the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough.
Lovers & Fighters – Ep.4: Building Community Power
Urban and infrastructure developments are often hotly contested, with disruptive construction schedules, impacts on local communities, and debates over how benefits get distributed. While traditionally the scales of power have tipped in favour of developers, historically marginalized and equity seeking communities across Canada are organizing to demand that their voices and interests are heard in public infrastructure projects. Ausma talks with Alejandra Bravo and Dusha Sritharan about how people are building community power and taking their seats at decision-making tables.
Alejandra Bravo (@bravo_alej) has worked for over two decades for progressive social change with grassroots, immigrant, and labour groups. She is the Director of Leadership and Training at the Broadbent Institute. She is also the Director of the Power Lab, a new initiative of the Atkinson Foundation and the Broadbent Institute
Dusha Sritharan (@Dusha_Sritharan) is a campaigner, working at the intersections of equity and environmental issues, at the Toronto Environmental Alliance.
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Such a needed conversation!
Thank you for having this important conversation! I especially enjoyed the range of voices included and Ausma Malik is a phenomenal host, I so appreciated the depth and care she brought! Amazing work!
Great topic. Great host. Great guests.
I've listented to the first few episodes and was impressed by the range and depth of the discussion. Ausma Malik is an engaging, knowledgable host. Her friendly and casual style coupled with interesting guest and excellent production makes this podcast easy listening for me when walking or at work. Kudos to everyone who helped put this project together.