Joining Better Networks, Part 3: “Will Your Children Grow Up To Be Servants And Nannies?”
This is the third chapter of an ongoing series of posts about how to become a welcomed member of productive networks. Humans are social animals, and always cluster into various groups. Unless you’re a hermit, you’re a member of various (sometimes overlapping) groups. These networks vary in size, purpose, and effectiveness.
Most African-American women need to find and join new, healthy networks in the global village. Because their current all-Black networks tend to be accidentally chosen, non-reciprocating, and often downright destructive. However, to join productive networks, most African-American women will need to change the way they approach networking. Most importantly, they will need to change their understanding of the entire process.
Now is a good time to pause, and reflect on the long-terms repercussions of positioning and network choices. Several recent articles have raised important questions. One writer discusses why he believes future job markets will become even more polarized in Will Your Children Grow Up to Be Servants And Nannies?. For readers who prefer policy wonk articles, here’s one from the Brookings Institution, The Polarization of Job Opportunities in the U.S. Labor Market: Implications For Employment and Earnings.
I believe the authors of the 1997 book, The Sovereign Individual, were correct in many of their predictions. I also agree with Parag Khanna, who argues that we’re transitioning into a neo-medieval era.