Just Work It
By Atkinson Foundation
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Just Work It is a platform for podcasts about decent work by and for millennials. It is hosted by Ausma Malik, Atkinson’s Director of Social Engagement.
||CleanAvocado Toast – Ep.6: Millennials Don’t Want Kids||Millennials are having fewer children than previous generations. Why? The reasons are as diverse as this generation, ranging from personal preference to affordability to apprehensions about the fate of the planet. In the final episode of this series, Ausma talks to Alana Powell and Carolyn Ferns about how the realities of work and childcare are shaping these crucial decisions. Alana Powell (@AlanaMarieP) is a graduate student in Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University, Task Force Member and Facilitator with the Decent Work Project at the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (@AECEO). Carolyn Ferns (@CarolynFerns) is the Public Policy and Government Relations Coordinator for the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (@ChildCareON).||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAvocado Toast – Ep.5: Millennials Want Flexibility||Millennials are frequently portrayed as big supporters of greater flexibility in work. They want to explore their interests, like hobbies and travel, and work from anywhere. But this doesn’t tell the whole story: ‘flexible’ work can create insecurity, make it harder to pay off debt, and delay reaching milestones like buying homes and having a family. How millennials feel about increasing flexibility in the workplace depends on who you ask and what you mean by flexibility. Ausma breaks apart these issues with Jenny Fortin and Vass Bednar. Jenny Fortin is a community organizer with the Sudbury Workers Education and Advocacy Centre (@SWEAC_CEATS) Vass Bednar (@VassB) is a senior associate at AirBNB Canada and chaired the Expert Panel on Youth Employment for the federal government in 2017. She is also the co-host of Detangled (@DetangledCIUT), a pop-culture and public policy radio show.||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAvocado Toast – BONUS EPISODE: Dispatches from the Young Workers’ Assembly||Ausma attended the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Young Workers’ Assembly in November 2017 and spoke with young union activists shaping the future of the labour movement and their place in it. Paige Kezima – Representative for Young People, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) @CLCYoungWorkers Aaron Zboch-Alves – Co-Chair of the NextGen Committee, IBEW Local 353 @Local353 Zenee Maceda – National Representative, UFCW Canada @zeneemaceda @UFCW Kumsa Baker – Past Organizer, UNITE HERE Local 75 @UNITEHERE75, now with Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN) @TCBN_TO @kb_woke Matthew Nurse – Youth Committee Chairperson, UNIFOR 1285 @uniforlocal1285 @UNIFORtheUnion Denise Martins – Communications Officer, CUPE 1281 @sisterknees @CUPE1281||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAvocado Toast – Ep.4: Millennials Work to Live||We have talked a lot about how economic transitions and the precarious nature of work are affecting millennials, but they aren’t taking these changes lightly. In some digital industries, including media, some younger workers are using their voice, collective power, and union organizing tools to make their work decent. In this episode, Ausma gets advice from Tannara Yelland and Ahmad Gaied, who have organized their own workplaces. They also reflect on their experiences as young people active in unions, the role for millennials in union leadership, and the future of the labour movement. Tannara Yelland (@tyelland) is a journalist, editor, freelance writer, and was a part of the union drive for Vice Canada. Read her work here: https://torontoist.com/author/tyelland/ Ahmad Gaied (@AhmadGaiedOFL) is the Executive Vice President of the Ontario Federation of Labour and a long-time community advocate. You can reach Ahmad via email at email@example.com.||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAvocado Toast – Ep.3: Millennials are Wired||Millennials grew up on the internet – chatting with friends on messenger services, researching homework on the computer, and sharing lives on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, you name it. Is this an addiction or are millennials using technology to stay afloat in a world and workplace that expects too much from them? In this third episode, Ausma chats more with Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika and Nasma Ahmed about how millennials use technology, what this means for equity, and imagining the future of digital work. Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika (@catchatweetdown) is a professor in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University and the co-host and co-executive producer of Gimlet Media podcast, UNCIVIL (@uncivilshow). Nasma Ahmed (@nasma_ahmed) is a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow, working at the intersections of technology, policy, and community organizing. Her email is www.nasmaahmed.ca||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAvocado Toast – Ep.2: Millennials Don’t Care About the World||Millennials are known as the selfie generation. Do they care about anything but themselves? While some take a pessimistic view of millennials and activism, evidence tells a different story. One in four millennials who live in Canada has actively engaged by a cause or issue in the past year. Mostly, they’re working on social justice, the environment, politics or health care. And they’re not the slackavists they’re portrayed as by many. They’re using the internet and social media to create real opportunities online and IRL (“in real life” for any non-millennials who are listening in!) In this second episode, Ausma talks with Dr Chenjerai Kumanyika, Sarah Jama, Nil Sendil, and Navi Aujla about the millennial worldview. How are millennials fighting for social and economic justice, and how is decent work (or the lack of) enabling or limiting their participation in the wider world. Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika (@catchatweetdown) is a professor in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University and the co-host and co-executive producer of Gimlet Media podcast, UNCIVIL (@uncivilshow). Sarah Jama (@SarahJama_) is a community organizer and activist, focused on disability justice and anti-racism. Nil Sendil (@SendilNil) and Navi Aujla are organizers at the Workers’ Action Centre and on the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaign (@fairwagesnow).||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAvocado Toast – Ep.1: Millennials are Frivolous||Some people think millennials aren’t getting ahead because of their frivolous spending on fancy phones, trips to Europe, and avocado toast. Studies show, however, that millennials are more budget conscious than other generations. Rising rates of student loans, precarious employment, and consumer debt suggest millennials are getting a bad rap. In the first episode of this series, Ausma (@ausmalik) breaks down the myth of the frivolous millennial and their alleged personal failings in conversation with Matt Gurney, Yasmine Mathurin, and Armine Yalnizyan. Matt Gurney (@mattgurney) is a morning show host at Global News Radio 640 Toronto and a former national columnist at the National Post. Yasmine Mathurin (@yazbegrams) is a freelance radio producer and filmmaker. Armine Yalnizyan (@ArmineYalnizyan) is a labour market economist. She is currently the President of the Canadian Association for Business Economics and has a long list of publications and accomplishments to her name.||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Avocado Toast||Avocado Toast: Smashing Millennial Myths in Pursuit of Decent Work is the first podcast series on Atkinson’s Just Work It platform.||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Great topic. Great host. Great guests.
I've listented to the first few episodes and was impressed by the range and depth of the discussion. Ausma Malik is an engaging, knowledgable host. Her friendly and casual style coupled with interesting guest and excellent production makes this podcast easy listening for me when walking or at work. Kudos to everyone who helped put this project together.
Such a needed conversation!
Thank you for having this important conversation! I especially enjoyed the range of voices included and Ausma Malik is a phenomenal host, I so appreciated the depth and care she brought! Amazing work!