“Innovation is a dominant ideology of our era,” declare Vinsel and Russell. But it is everyday labour, not the cult of innovation, that is most vital to human flourishing.
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Barbara Lee was the only congressperson to oppose a bill to give the president unprecedented powers. In response, she received boxes full of letters.
Google’s offices are legendary: multicoloured bikes and Segways, endless gourmet food, breakout zones with ping-pong and pinball, massages, yoga and free laundry. They are considered the best working conditions in the world. But not everyone working for Google has quite the same experience.