Freelancers are getting organized! Around the world there are active groups fighting for freelancers’ rights in six European countries and the US, as well as many unofficial online campaigns creating pressure. But how can they grow from their current size to a mass movement that gives voice to millions of independent workers? Joel Dullory is researching the state of freelance activism for a forthcoming book, and will give an overview of the existing organizations and campaigns. Looking forward, he will propose some tactics for how the movement might grow, by combining ideas from recent social upheavals, clever startup business growth strategies, and the coworking scene.
Joel Dullroy is a journalist, startup founder and advocate of the freelancers’ rights movement. He moved from his native Australia to Berlin in 2008 to work as freelance journalist. In 2010 he co-founded Deskwanted and Deskmag, two websites related to coworking. Through this connection to the coworking scene he became aware of the growing importance of freelancers’ rights, and in June 2012 helped to found the Verband der Gründer und Selbständigen Deutschland, Germany’s freelancers’ organization. Joel is co-host of Radio Spätkauf, the Berlin podcast, and is currently editing the e-book “Independents Unite! Inside the Freelancers Rights Movement”.