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"The Free-Agent Enterprise?" Today!! - Reception 6-7PM and Panel 7-8PM

  • Apr 28, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Reception 6-7PM  and Panel 7-8PM

Summary:

This MeetUp panel will discuss the current state and future of freelance/independent workforce,  online work platforms, and how enterprises will get work done.  See more details below. 

Panel:

• Peter Cannone: CEO at OnForce

• Matt Cooper: Vice President, Enterprise Services at Elance-oDesk

• Steve King: Partner at Emergent Research

• Kelley Steven-Waiss:  Senior Vice President, Worldwide Human  Resources at Extreme Networks

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Subject: "The Coming Convergence of Technology/Online Work Platforms,  "Soft-boundary" Organizations/Enterprises, and an Expanding Freelance/Independent Workforce"

The realization of the "permanent employee" economy (of the industrial scale firm) seemed to have peaked some time in the late 20th century. Over the past 20 years, information technology--and over the past 10 years or so, online platforms--have increasingly entered into the intermediation of work arrangements, potentially enabling more dynamic, transparent, fluid and flexible labor markets. As technology makes new kinds of work arrangements possible, organizations and workforce (within prevailing legal, tax, and institutional/normative structures) are in the process of testing, adapting, adopting new ways to arrange and get work done.

That is where we are in 2014.  There have always been--especially in certain labor market segments--freelancers, independent workers and contractors performing work for organizations, but they tended to be considered "ancillary" to the "permanent employee" workforce and labor economy.  But now, shorter, more variable, more specialized work arrangements are being seen as being fundamentally important for organizations--and more and more workers are at least beginning to seek to adapt to and  embrace the idea of freelance/independent careers.  Technology is both a key catalyst and driver in this evolution

Our panel will represent different facets of the coming convergence of technology/platforms, evolving organizations/enterprises, and changing workforce.  We will be discussing the current state of developments in how technology/online platforms can support variable, shorter, more specialized work arrangements between  organizations/enterprises and freelancer/independent workers.  We will also discuss how this might evolve in coming years and where it might take us. 

 

 

 

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  • Andrew K.

    Finally getting around to posting the last MeetUp video to this site. Thank you again to Akraya for hosting and to the amazing panel for participating.

    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey-DVK6PDNU

    June 1, 2014

  • Lee P.

    This was a great event!

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Dan A.

    Excellent meeting

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup, and great people to meet. See you all next month, I hope! Thanks as always to Andrew - and Pankaj for hosting us all. ;) great pool table... perhaps we should have played a challenge?

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Kay R.

    Enjoyed the very thought provoking discussion!

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Gary C.

    It was an excellent panel and interesting discussion. Thank you for your time.

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Kathryn H.

    Very topical. Enjoyed the panel discussions. Thanks for organizing!

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Connie F.

    Very relevant, timely and thought provoking discussion

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Pankaj

    Folks, thanks for coming tonight - I am really glad that all of you were able to make it. Andrew, it was a great discussion, as always!

    3 · April 28, 2014

    • Andrew K.

      Thank you, Pankaj and Akraya for being such wonderful hosts for the MeetUp. Thank you everyone for your joining us and participating in a great MeetUp

      April 28, 2014

    • Marylene D.

      Thanks, Pankaj for hosting this great meetup!

      April 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another great chat, thanks Andrew!

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Pankaj

    Look forward to hosting all of you tonight. The team here at Akraya is excited and setting up the space right now!

    1 · April 28, 2014

    • Andrew K.

      Looking forward to it. See you this eve!

      April 28, 2014

  • Rob G

    Been meaning to come to these. I can finally separate myself from my desk for an evening :-)
    Bringing a couple of team members too. See you soon.

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Jessica M.

    Can't wait to attend.

    1 · April 28, 2014

    • Andrew K.

      Jessica, Very glad you can make this one!!! Looking forward to seeing you! Andrew

      April 28, 2014

  • Andrew K.

    Thank you, Chiara. It's the panels, the attendees and the hosts that make these events fun! Look forward to seeing you there!!

    April 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Always the best events, Andrew. Looking firward to this one.

    April 9, 2014

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