I’ve talked (and written) quite a bit over the years about the changing nature of work, in part reflecting the changing nature of our economy. Just a couple weeks ago I wrote about a new study, “Freelancing in America: 2017,” opening with:

“At its current growth rate, the majority of the US workforce will be freelancers by 2027. Think about that for a second (or a minute): It has major ramifications for our economy, politics, culture.”

Our biggest area paper the Poughkeepsie Journal recognizes this new paradigm in an in-depth series exploring not just the statistics and studies of this transformation in the Hudson Valley — but also the stories of those in the trenches.

“While there are similarities and themes, these stories and motivations aren’t all alike, of course. For some, it’s an undying devotion to the Hudson Valley — and their desire to make it here by virtually any means necessary. For others, it’s a calling of sorts, a way of working they simply can’t resist for various reasons. Through email and text messages, the Poughkeepsie Journal has talked with dozens of such workers and recently did in-person interviews with seven of them to get a window into their world.”

I was one of those seven, mostly because of my involvement in nurturing this demographic through BEAHIVE since 2009. (See video below.)

Check out PoJo’s “Special report: Shifting economy spurs new ways of working” — including the video profiles — for a glimpse into this “transforming economy [that] is, in many cases, leaving in its wake the preconceived notions of what jobs and occupations are like.”

As the editor John Penney writes, “It will present undeniable challenges — but also opportunities for those with vision and unyielding determination to stay and work in the Hudson Valley.”

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