Amplifying Voices: Tech for Good done right? Maybe. I’m cautiously optimistic.
Amplifying Voices From: Elisa Camahort Page - Professional & Political
When I first saw the story about Lyft helping people who live in food deserts to the grocery store for $2.50 a ride, it sounded cool, but I had one question that wasn’t answered in the articles: What about the drivers?
See, I, in general, have an issue with the gig economy. I feel like the people who are actually delivering the services that create these billion dollar valuations are getting the shaft. They’re not treated like employees…no stable income, no benefits, certainly no profit-sharing via stock or otherwise. It’s just concentrating the wealth being generated into fewer and fewer hands, treating the people on the front lines for these brands every day like serfs.
So yeah, I thought: What about the drivers?
Then I saw this Fast Company article about other partnerships Lyft is doing with non-profits to help transport people to medical appointments, or to job interviews, and so on.
The question was answered: The drivers will get the normal compensation, for better or worse, for the rides, subsidized by the non-profit partners.
It’s not clear whether Lyft is generating additional profit above and beyond from these partners (my guess is most definitely).
And it’s not clear, but would be nice, if Lyft is matching or contributing at all to this driver compensation.
But these partners didn’t themselves have the resources to help their constituents get where they needed to be to take advantage of the services. And Lyft does.
I like it so far. More of this please.