January 04, 2012
E.M. Burton examines domestic manufacturing in post-industrial America.
I played a small part today in creating an American job. I donated $5 at my local Starbucks to their Create Jobs for USA program. They estimate that once 599 other people make the same donation, one job will be created.
A small contribution, granted, but it felt pretty good; the Opportunity Finance Network administers the fund to provide micro-financing opportunities for people who deserve them. But it started me thinking. Giving someone a job is one of the most direct ways you can help someone: you are improving his or her capacity to provide for the necessities of life.
Most affiliate owners know a thing or two about this. There’s a shift in thinking that occurs between being dependent on others for a job and making a job for one’s self. There’s another shift that takes place when you hire someone else.
How cool would it feel to create a bunch of jobs? But is it even possible or sustainable in an economic climate that has been nothing less than chaotic in the years since 9/11? Rogue, Oakley and American Apparel say it is.