Gig, crowd, freelancing are all terms companies and academics use to talk about a new powerful economy, fueled by technology, that is emerging and gives people the tools to be able to pursue their passions at a reasonable cost. It’s not much different than other less than inspiring terms like consumer and employee.
Open Assembly founder John Winsor interviews Paul Hlivko, the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
The reality is hard things are hard. Changing culture around open talent and the future of work is a monumental task. It will take decades for organizations to change the way they employ and work with people. There has been pain as we have moved along the adoption curve, starting with those of us that have been entrepreneurs wanting to make their own way in the world, working for ourselves in remote location.
Seven years ago I wrote an article, The Dinosaurs of Cannes, thinking that the industry was headed for the dustbin of history if it didn’t change. While I wasn’t at Cannes this year, I was still surprised that many of the images on the social feeds coming out of Cannes hadn’t changed.
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.
Most of us don’t think about our water supply beyond the fact that we need and use it every day to survive. But my awareness of what it takes to provide communities with potable water has increased over the past few months, thanks to our Open Assembly Collective member Yorkshire Water.
Recently, I was in Alaska skiing in the Tordrillos with the good folks from Inkwell including Jimmy Chin and Mark Healey. On several of the runs I was haunted by the memories of an avalanche I was in several years ago.
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.
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.