After the Monday session with Soumitri, a few thing were clear. I need to map the current state of work (work 1.0) and that of the future (work 2.0), then back cast and design a product/service/system that will transition us from 1.0 to 2.0.
Thinking of the future of employment, two things occured to me. Firstly, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo book and film trilogy. Secondly, Robots & Dinosaurs, the hackerspace my brother is a member of.
Why? In both scenarios, people call on their social networks to get jobs done. Lisbeth gets on her computer as her alias ‘Wasp’ and asks her pals (most she has never met before, but has a relationship with) to get things done for her, with a financial incentive. They tell her what they need to get it done, including time, equipment and other people. Lisbeth agrees and away they go.
Similarly, in my brother’s hackerspace, they all ask each other for help with certain tasks, knowing that they each have skills and talents in different areas. If people in the immediate network don’t have the skills, know-how, time or equipment to help, they usually know someone who does. This means a project can go much further, much faster, than it could relying on one individual.