A small group of Harvard scholars, CEOs, and director-level managers was swiftly delivered by Uber and Lyft drivers a few months back to convene in a conference room on Kearny street in San Francisco. The group, sporting on-trend splashes of red, velvet blazers, shirts and blouses procured from online style clubs, was ready to roll.
I just returned from skiing in Alaska at the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge with Jimmy Chin, Travis Rice, Mark Healey and a bunch of other folks. You could say all of us are gig workers, but I was especially impressed with our guide, Wes Wylie, who’s designed an unconventional life for himself.
A couple of weeks ago I let you know about the launch of the Open Assembly Collective which, essentially is a community of CEOs, Harvard Scholars, and executive level leaders who are passionate about and share the common goal of changing the paradigm and mindset of how people work. Our focus is to co-create and build the foundation for the future of work.
The other day my team was trying to find images for the launch of our new website and we were falling short. It’s easy to find images online that are free and good enough. It’s much harder to find higher quality images that are amazing and inspire and leave viewers feeling exactly the way you want your brand to leave them feeling.
A friend of mine tells me that her teenage daughter always rejects the toast she prepares. Every morning, no matter how hard she tries, the bread is either under-toasted or over-toasted, but never just right. Does some version of this sound familiar to those of you with teens or picky eaters?
I do a lot of work with Mike Morris, the CEO of Topcoder, which is a talent network and crowdsourcing platform. Morris told me about an awesome and fun competition they ran last week inspired by quantum computing to solve the world’s most difficult Sudoku.
My friend and Open Assembly (OA) Advisor Steve Rader was furloughed during the recent government shutdown. Steve is the Deputy Director of NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI), a founding member of our Collective, and a guy who’s helped bring open tools like crowdsourcing and a gig mindset to government organizations.
Doctors and patients today are frustrated. I don’t normally talk about healthcare in my blogs, but hear me out because this one does relate to the gig economy and the future of work. The last time I visited my doctor, he had to spend more time than usual entering data into his computer screen and less time face-to-face with me.
I love this time of year. The conversations are full of gratefulness, vulnerability and beauty. I often wonder why we can’t take this tone into the rest of the year. There is, of course, the counter-trend that plays out on the news channels, one of bombastic, testosterone-driven pronouncements.
I posted a blog a few weeks ago called “The Gig Economy is the Economy” in reaction to reading an article about the economies of many African countries. It caused a bit of a stir. In my travels to chase adventure in many reaches of the world, I’ve noticed that the economies where I visit are gig economies.