Sometimes I look at people who are incredibly knowledgeable about cars, like my dad, and think: if the US ever manages a shift away from car culture and sprawl toward high-density building, public transit, and walkable/bikable towns, we will be losing so much knowledge and culture.
It reminds me that with any social shift, even positive and necessary ones, we always lose something.
Cupcakes: a vital part of any economy.
Jobs have been on my mind a lot lately…if by lately, you mean the past three years or so. It’s a lot less depressing to envision what the job market would look like in a sustainable economy than to think about the shitty choices it offers now. And if we’re going to build a better economy, we have to start by imagining it, right?
So here are ten more ways that people could make a living in a new economy:
1.) Delivering city freight by bike.
This would be a win-win all-around, as it would lower carbon emissions, decrease traffic, and provide exercise to the bike messengers. Here in the US, we don’t have the necessary infrastructure for such wide-scale biking: but building it would create even more jobs in construction and urban planning.
2.) Cupcake bakers. Because a revolution without cupcakes is not one worth having.
3.) Artists, writers, performers, and other creators of all stripes.
As my friend Bethany says, “The truth is, we don’t know what is possible. Which is why the pushers of envelopes, the stretchers of bodies and minds, the pioneers, the prophets, poets, and weirdoes are so vitally important.” See also this piece about why artists and designers are just as necessary as more “practical” jobs.