September 04, 2009

Thoughts on new ways to work

Reflecting on how the way people work change these days/weeks/months/years, I came to think of, for example, the following 3 things:

Thought # 1: Individuals help large companies do tasks
On page 74 of the book The Future of Work by Thomas W. Malone – a really good book that I recommend, I read this:
"What if many tasks currently done by large companies were done instead by temporary combinations of small companies and independent contractors? Taking this idea further, what if most businesses consisted of one single person?"

One way of making it possible for individuals to solve many of the assignments that large companies do today is by using Open Innovation platforms. For example, I think brainfloor.com and Atizo are doing a really good job of making it possible for people to communicate their ideas to a number of different companies.

Another possibility would be that local supermarkets invite individuals to deliver food they make at home. For example, how about inviting people to deliver bread, fruits, vegetables, and other home-made products to be sold at supermarkets?

Thought # 2: Individuals use Web 2.0 tools such as blogs and Twitter
Thinking about another new way of working, I thought about the use of Web 2.0 tools such as blogs – making it possible to communicate anytime, anywhere, and with more or less everyone all over the world. Reflecting on education, for example, I found that there are 11 advantages of using a blog for teaching. If you know some more, please do let me know. As mentioned in a previous posting, leaders of companies will, according to Mr. Soumitra Dutta and Mr. Matthew Fraser, also need to think about using Web 2.0 tools such as blogs and Twitter. Results of a McKinsey Global Survey, that I wrote about in this posting, show that over half of the companies in the survey plan to increase their investments in Web 2.0 technologies.

By the way, brainfloor.com and Atizo, that I mentioned in # 1, also write blogs. You can have a look at the blog of brainfloor.com by clicking here and the blog of Atizo by clicking here.

Thought # 3: Individuals help out at various events
A third example of a new way of working is helping out at events. I’ve been happy to help out at a number of different events. In August this year, for example, I helped out doing various tasks at Icelandic Horses World Championships in Brunnadern, Switzerland.

What thoughts do you have about new ways to work?
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