A future where companies have more freelancers than permanent staff has long been predicted by folks like Forbes contributor Jon Younger, Ph.D., a writer and advisor to HR tech startups. In fact, companies like Google are already there, he says. In his work, Jon helps envision how workforce changes will affect employees and the human-resources function once companies scale. I had the opportunity to chat with Jon recently about the emerging implications of this new paradigm for businesses and employees. Here are a few of the top takeaways from that conversation.
In the future of work, which is now, there’s a new type of person necessary to success. Call them crowdsourcing whisperers—or open-source evangelists. You can’t automate their influence on culture.
My focus on the future of work means that I’m often privy to the inner workings of some of today’s most innovative companies. Moving toward open sourcing and the gig economy comes with its fair share of internal questioning and resistance
As a culture we have romantic visions of the lone creative figure, that singular genius standing against all odds to see his or her vision through or die trying.
I’ve always been an entrepreneur who’s worked at the edge of innovation by launching start-ups. But I rarely see the same innovative thinking that happens at a start-up applied and integrated into larger corporate systems. Until I met Paul Estes.
The collective intelligence of crowdsourcing platforms are posed to change the way companies work.
The law industry is famously risk averse, not known for being cutting edge or embracing new technology. This is why I find the collaboration between the idea management platform Wazoku and the global law firm Allen & Overy (A&O) fascinating and encouraging.
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.