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If you’re an independent expert considering a career move towards becoming a public intellectual, here’s an insightful essay with a well-meant warning against spreading yourself too thin by doing so: Public intellectuals have short shelf lives—but why?
On his journeys, Vita explores one of the upsides of freelance life — more freedom to work and travel any way you like. For several months each year, he has been freelancing while traveling in a camper with his family across the EU, writing a great blog about it.
The Origins Podcast hosted by the world-known scientist Lawrence Krauss features in-depth and thought-provoking conversations with some of the most interesting people in the world. Writers, artists, scientists, and other outstanding professionals or thinkers share their origins stories and insights. For example in the newest episode, the famous filmmaker Woody Allen sits down with Krauss for his first comprehensive video discussion in over 30 years!
Drop everything and watch this! The Beatles: Get Back is a new movie project by Peter Jackson, one of the most acclaimed directors of all time (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit). He is revisiting 56 hours of never-before-seen Beatles footage to produce a digitally remastered HD spectacle, coming soon in 2021. Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles!
Note: Jackson pulled off such an incredible feat before, with They Shall Not Grow Old documentary and long-forgotten films from the Great War.
Freelancing with its flexibility, intensity, and autonomy seems to be an important trend in the ongoing long-term evolution of work towards being safer, more interesting and more intense — a broader picture explained by Arthur Diamond in his Reason article about the modern history of work.
British IPSE has just published The Self-Employed Landscape in 2020 report. As usual, it defines freelancers as the top-skilled subset of the solo self-employed population:
“There are now almost 2.2 million freelancers in the UK, up 1% from 2019. Of these, over 1.9 million state that freelancing is their main job, with a further 239,000 people doing freelancing as a side hustle alongside other employment. Due to the small increase in freelancers between 2019 and 2020 and the larger drop in the overall solo self-employed population (-5%), the number of freelancers as a proportion of wider population has increased by 3% from 46% to 49%. Therefore, highly skilled freelancers now make up almost half of the 4.4 million solo self-employed in the UK.“
2020 has been an overwhelmingly eventful year for freelancing. According to Google Trends, it has also been trending in global Google search, reaching an all-time high in July.
Dan Sacha has researched the websites of 150+ leading European universities to produce an overview of a dozen programs, both older and new, seeking to support freelancing. These are the highlights: