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FInd the people who can swap jobs to improve things, then swap among them to benefit society
There is a math basis for room for improvement at
employment; for each 100 million employees perhaps there
is normal distribution of how much they like, and are good
at, their jobs.
If so, 50 million people are below 50th percentile and
could swap jobs to move the entire distribution towards
greater happiness and effectiveness.
They could gather statistics, asking more effective versions
of are you happy with your job and "are you good at your
This would generate data on things like the least good form
of employment and then those jobs could be automated.
It would also generate geographical data, like which cities
have the most optimal employment. Moving there might
not do anything, but it might.
Perhaps Norway and Sweden could be the first to seek this
out as part of their particular national perspectives, I think
this would be good at the US and worldwide as well.
Microcredentials in the Angel Economy
Basically microcredentials, like credentials in general, are supposed to serve as proof of attainment of skills by individuals. Microcredentials aim to document single, specific skills, rather than bundles of skills that are taken to comprise all the skill requirements of an occupation, which is the typical intent of occupational credentials such as journeyperson cards, occupational licenses and professional degrees. A microcredential, on the other hand, might certify someone for one specific task, and that one task might be a tiny fraction of their overall job description. [LoriZ, Nov 02 2018]
||Hmm, would this apply to .hb members? I have a little
list...it's here somewhere..put stuff down then it all
||This sounds a little like DivLab, Anarres' Division of Labor. I wish labor markets were this frictionless. Until they are, I will have nothing but contempt for those Marginal Revolution types who speak condescendingly of things like "time preference."
||Sounds good though I wonder, if after the job swap process,
if we would still have 50 million workers that despite being
in a better position would still be below the 50th percentile.
||// A microcredential ... might certify someone for one specific task, and ... might be a tiny fraction of their overall job description. //
||It seems to me that the fundamental problem with
employment is that potential employers post ads for
jobs in a secret language you're supposed to know and
then you're supposed to use that language to apply for
the job, followed presumably by an interview in an
equally peculiar secret language, and everyone else
went to secret lessons in the secret language but I
didn't, although that made my life more interesting,
in the Chinese temporal sense of the word.
||[19th], you're channeling the spirit of [Ian Tindale] again ... stop it ...
||The first and only secret of job interviews is to start by
explaining why their job specification is wrong and why, in
direct contrast to their written requirements, they actually
need a person like you.
||Admittedly, I have never gotten a job through an interview,
but that is incidental.