Jeremy Heimans and I have just published a piece in the Huffington Post called “Join the Insurgency Against the Jobs Crisis.”
Back on Track or a New Path?
The latest cover of Harvard Magazine has a black and white photograph of an assembly line for 1959 Ford automobiles and the headline, “The American Economy: Can it get back on track?.” While the article inside provides some very useful analysis of our current economic predicament, we couldn’t help but feel that the cover was asking the wrong question.
Solving our economic woes and jobs crisis requires us to first ask the right questions. The question of how to get Americans working again is critical as unemployment takes its toll on families and communities, but this crisis has also opened up an important choice about the future of work in America. We can make jobs for jobs’ sake, or we can rebuild our economy with good jobs that reflect our values.
Jobs with Purpose
We need to redefine what “good jobs” mean and then create them. We need to look at the margins and start from the bottom up. This requires a shift in our attitudes and policies in support of the economic insurgents, agile, disruptive start-up enterprises, instead of continuing to prop up the same incumbent institutions of subsidized big businesses and crony capitalists.
Tonight for dinner, I went to try out the newly-opened Se Ja Meh (meaning 3 sisters in Korean, and alternately spelled “Seh Ja Meh” and “Se Ja Meh” in their site and menu – oops, oh well whatever!). It’s located at 114 Greenwich St, just up the street from my apartment building. Now that I no longer work by Koreatown, I have started to really miss my 3-4 day-a-week Korean food lunches. Se Ja Meh definitely compares in price and quality to my Koreatown fav, Seoul Garden. Now that I have a Korean place on the block, I can probably spare myself the trip up to K-Town.
I ordered the yellow tail scallion roll (above) for a starter. Ok, sushi is not Korean, but I wanted to check it out anyway. The sushi was decent; fresh fish and slighty too mushy rice – a problem all too common at sushi places in New York, so I’m not going to be too much of a sushi snob and pick on them for this point. If I have another sushi craving, I’ll just stick to my usual local fav, Takahachi Tribeca.
And here’s the panchan (side dishes) below that typically come included with your meal at Korean restaurants. Everything is on par in the panchan department.
For my main, I ordered the kimchi soondooboo (kimchi tofu stew). The stew was rich with plenty of soft creamy tofu. The kimchi and chili infused broth was flavorful without being too salty and in the right proportion to the tofu and other ingredients, in other words, not too much broth, two problems that plague lesser Korean establishments. WaWa Canteen, I’m talking to you!
The place is clean, tastefully minimalist in decor and the service super nice, so I’ll definitely be back. Plus, the location can’t get more convenient.