“Cities used to be generally villages, and everyone was essentially kind of like an entrepreneur,” Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky told a packed room at the Atlantic Aspen Ideas Festival. “You were either a farmer, or you worked in the city as a blacksmith, or you had some kind of trade. And then the Industrial Revolution happened.” Part-time freelance work, known as contingent work, is on the rise. In some cases, the sharing economy is leading the way in destroying entire industries, such as the taxi industry, forcing more and more people into contingent work. Contingent work is less certain: it has less legally sanction protections for both workers and consumers, though it often far (far) more flexible. Ultimately, Chesky argues, the added efficiency of flexible contingent work, especially those jobs involved with sharing assets, will save folks struggling in the worst rungs of the economy. Get the full story at VentureBeat