Quality work on the fringes


Screen Shot 2018-07-10 at 15.05.57To sustainably, lastingly, elevate an irregular workforce; start with identifying local leverage. Which stakeholders will put weight behind an intervention?




How fundamental?

Possibilities for supporting irregular workers typically fall into two categories:

  • Small-scale: Micro-apprenticeships, legal controls, training and other variants on traditional labor market initiatives can usually be costed with outcomes accurately anticipated.
  • Infrastructure: If launched successfully, a new market for this labor, under local control, will lastingly shift-the-dial for swathes of the workforce. But it’s more of a step into the unknown.

Our focus is on initiating new infrastructure for hourly labor. It should mirror the aims of existing publicly-provided markets for standard jobs. Exploring launch of a new flexi-labor market is not really about technology. You can have a version of our CEDAH system or commission a build of your own. The challenge is “Market making”; ensuring everything is in place for a robust launch that quickly grows to a critical mass of active users.


180207 RelevantTalk is cheap

Market making involves talking to a lot of employers, public bodies and intermediaries in a structured way. All sorts of benefits can flow, even if the conclusion is that conditions for a solid launch aren’t in place; or it is decided to try something smaller-scale.

Our July 2018 manual takes a project manager through Market making.  Ranging from first tentative soundings among stakeholders to a committed launch, it emerged from work in Los Angeles County and Britain. Enabled by Kauffman Foundation with Living Cities, it has forewords from Mayor Garcia of Long Beach and Mayor Garcetti of Los Angeles. Like everything we do, it is freely available. Download.


In this section:

→ Business case: With so many priorities, why explore a CEDAH?

Market making: How to get going in your area.

Setting the rules: Aligning a CEDAH with local priorities.


→  Impact