Work 2.0

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.

Craigslist Joe

After another long chat with Soumitri, spurring an interest in the delicacies of social networks, I came across this.

“Garner left his residence with nothing planned beyond simply surviving without money for as long as possible, and, he hoped, meeting some interesting people along the way. He brought only the basics along with him (beyond a camera guy): just a pre-paid cell phone, a wireless internet card, the clothes on his back and a toothbrush. He ended up traveling all around the country for 31 days, though, and meeting all types of people—from a dominatrix in Chicago to Hurricane Katrina survivors in New Orleans.

He did not starve to death.

The goal of the project was to see whether technology and social media could bring people closer together, especially in tough times. Using Facebook would have opened up the door to help from too many people Garner knew directly and indirectly. Instead he went the Craigslist route, relying on the kindness of strangers.”