Be adaptable and skilled

“What we can compete on is being highly flexible, highly adaptable, highly skilled and moving up the value chain, and what we have to do is make sure we’ve got the capacity to do that. Now ultimately that’s not about Government picking winners, it’s about Government making sure that we’ve got the circumstances – particularly the skill level in our people – that enable firms to tap those opportunities.

Now obviously that change is never easy but it really is the only path we have to ensuring we grow our prosperity in the decades ahead. That is to be highly, highly skilled, highly adaptable nation that is able to find our place in the markets that are growing on our doorstep.”

Trading time

An article here on a system that allows you to earn time dollars with your time and talent, that can be spent on another’s.

“If you’ve lost your health insurance but have a few hours to spare, and you’re lucky enough to live in Portland, Maine, your options may not be as limited as they first appear. Just identify a skill that might be of use to others–providing tennis lessons, say, or installing electrical wiring–and you can trade an hour of your services for an hour of someone else’s. One of the most popular offerings: health care services.”

It reminds me of the movie In Time, but much more community positive and less sinister! But who knows where we’ll end up?

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.