Reception 6-7PM and Panel 7-8PM
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.
• 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
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.