Universal Code

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A language void of dialect, instinctively understood no matter race, religion, gender, generation, geography, ethnicity, size, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, political persuasion, profession or philosophy—if you’re a micro.

Did You Know…

Etsy launched the first-ever Microbusiness Caucus on Capitol Hill. With the release of their 2017 US Seller Census, Crafting the future of work: the Big Impact of Microbusiness, Etsy reveals that it’s truly powered by microbusinesses that have fewer than ten people – over three-quarters of them are one-person operations.

5 Generation Workforce

Silent 1928-1945 . Some working. Youngest 72.

Boomers 1946-1964 . Reaching retirement age of 65 at the rate of 10,000/day.

Generation X 1965-1980 . Largest % of microbiz owners.

Gen Y Millennials 1981-1996 . 75 million workforce equals Boomers.

Gen Z 1997 –   .  Beginning to enter the workforce.

Non Verbal Communication Across the Ages

Generational gestures made with the hand create a symbolic, silent language. A shorthand way of sending a message without the need for words. Many gestures we make today have both a long history and historical significance.

In 1892, anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing published “Manual Concepts: A Study of The Influence of Hand-Usage on Culture Growth” in The American Anthropologist. He contended that hand gestures are what make humans distinct as a race. Centuries earlier, Aristotle argued that language was humanity’s defining characteristic, but Cushing said the way we use our hands is even more significant than what comes out of our mouths.


In Western culture, the finger or the bird or flipping someone off is used to express contempt but it can also be used humorously or playfully. Although there are several names for this universal code that has been around for centuries, the meaning is undeniable. Whether over sports, politics, or family feuds, this symbol of protest and defiance reinforces that a single finger can be worth much more than two words.


One of the oldest recorded gestures, believed to have been used by the crowds in Ancient Rome to save or condemn defeated gladiators. Today, it is synonymous with the icon of the Facebook Like.


The ‘V’ sign first emerged in popular culture as a symbol for victory during the second world war, but it became famous as a symbol of peace for the 1960s counterculture during the Vietnam War. The “V” also indicates the divide between reactionaries and progressives.

2018 Ruminations

  • Political Exhaustion
  • Personal Healthcare
  • Privacy Hacks
  • Family Challenges
  • New Business
  • Tax Changes
  • The Unexpected
  • The Unknown

2018 Predictions

A bubble will burst

There’s a bubble out there, but no one knows for sure where it is. Stocks, housing, car loans, student debt…chances are we’re about to have the other shoe drop. Again.

You’ll get hacked

Maybe it’ll be personal, maybe it’ll be your business. One way or another, you’re going to have to put up with someone getting their hands on something you wish they didn’t.

The independent workforce will reach 50% faster than expected

Lower taxes will likely incent businesses to speed up plans for Ai (Artificial Intelligence) meaning fewer human jobs vs more. 

The chaos continues

Although everyone’s expecting things to calm down, ain’t gonna happen. Our karma is broke and there’s no quick fix.

2017 Stats

• 35% of the U.S. workforce
(55 milion) freelanced in 2016.
Freelancing In America, 2016, UpWork/Freelancers Union

• 15.8% do alernative work described as temp agency or on-call contract workers, independent contractors or freelancers.
The Rise and Nature of Alternative Work Arrangements in the United States, 1995-2015 by Lawrence Katz & Alan Krueger

• 19.8% of fulltime independents earn $100,000+.
MBO Partners State of Independence In America 2017

• 58% of American workers will have independent contractor experience by 2027.
MBO Partners Looking Forward: What Will the Independent Workforce Look Like In 2027?

• Not only are executives looking to hire experienced contractors. 63 % would switch to become a contractor given the opportunity.
The White-Collar Gig Economy: Four On-Demand Workforce Trends According to Today’s Business Leaders, Mavenlink

• 20% of organizations globally with more than 1,000 employees have a workforce that is made up of 30%  or more contingent workers. Global Contingent Workforce Study, EY

• 7.6 million Americans will be working in the on-demand economy regularly by 2020.
Intuit Investor Forecast

• 26% of U.S. employees are somwhat or likely to be a freelancer or independent contractor.
Happy in the Home Office, Freelancers Embrace the Gig Economy, ReportLinker

• Only 30% of U.S. employees describe themselves as engaged at work.
State of the American Workforce Report, Gallup

• One-third of global professionals say that work-life balance is becoming more difficult. Excessive overtime and a lack of flexibility are among the top reasons people leave jobs.
Work-life Challenges Across the Generations, EY

• 51% of U.S. workers are searching for a new job or watching for openings.
American Workplace Changing at a Dizzying Pace, Gallup

• 50% of U.S. jobs are compatible with remote work arrangements, and 80%  of the workforce says they would like to work remotely. Yet only 7%  of employers make flexible work available.

• 74% of North American office workers say they would quit their jobs for another that allows them to work remotely more often.
Collaboration Unleashed, Softchoice

• 94% of workers are open to non-traditional forms of work.
Gig Responsibly: The Rise of NextGen Work, Manpower Group

• 44% of business leaders say the top socio-economic driver of changes in industry is the “changing nature of work, flexible work.”
The Future of Jobs Report, World Economic Forum

• 20 to 30% of the working-age population in the United States and the European Union engage in independent work.
Independent work: Choice, Necessity, and the Gig Economy, McKinsey Global Institute,


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