How the Sharing Economy Is Changing Millennials’ Attitudes Toward Work

US Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va, speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2015.

The number of people working in the gig, or sharing economy is exploding. According to an analysis by the JPMorgan Chase Institute, 2.5 million people are selling services via companies like Uber and Airbnb. But these jobs offer few worker protections, such as disability insurance and workmen’s compensation. That’s a problem, says US Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.

Warner spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2015 about the need for federal intervention so that millennials can be better supported in this modern labor force. Unlike previous generations where it wasn’t uncommon to hold the same job for 40 years, Warner says “Millennials are basically operating on a highwire with no safety net.” With a new labor landscape, he thinks the government needs fresh data, a restructuring of what’s being done around workforce training and a concerted effort to provide reliable internet to youth in rural areas.

The perception of success is also shifting. For baby boomers, owning a home, a few cars and putting your kids through college indicated accomplishment. “The millennials idea of success in the 21st century is sharing a car, collecting experiences, being willing to think about having 20 or 30 different career options during their lifetime, and fundamentally thinking differently about how they approach life.”

To see the full session from the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, click here.

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Sitawa Wafula of Kenya, is a mental health crusader and rape survivor who lives with a dual diagnosis of epilepsy and bipolar disorder. She uses her experiences to help Africans manage their mental health. She’s one of 20 leaders from the developing world in this year’s Aspen New Voices Fellowship. They will share their stories at the Spotlight Health segment of Aspen Ideas 2016. To learn more about the fellows, click here.

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