I traded emails last week with Joel Dullroy. He's based in Berlin and among other things is the international relations representative of a German group called Verband der Gründer und Selbständigen Deutschland (VGSD), which means The Association of Founders and Freelancers Germany.
The VGSD is fighting for freelancers rights in Germany and is part of a broader pan European effort to bring a collectivist ethos to independent entrepreneurs.
This seems to haven taken off a bit after the icons of communism started being used in corporate advertising.
Even more interesting is these words and phrases are often combined with terms from capitalism and used to describe market economy actions.
For example, here's a quote for an interview with Joel on How to Build a Freelancers Rights Movement on the HUB London Islington's website prior to him presenting on this topic:
Joel will share his findings on the emergence of the freelancers rights movement, and propose tactics for how the movement might grow, combining ideas from recent social upheavals, clever start-up business growth strategies, and the coworking scene.
Poor Marx must be rolling over in his grave as we discuss collectivist actitivies with entrepreneurs using business growth strategies from start-ups.
But I digress.
The growth of a global freelancers rights movement is a clear signal that independent work is expanding and entering the mainstream.
A side effect of this growth is the rights of freelancers are increasingly abused. This needs to be fixed and we support the efforts of the freelancers rights movement to do so.
For more on what's happening with freelancers rights in Europe, visit Joel's Freelancers Movement site.
The leader of the U.S. freelancer movement is, of course, The Freelancers Union. We're card carrying members of this union (we actually don't carry a card, but we do have an online account).