Lynn Patra makes some excellent points regarding technology, its history and our potential future. I recommend reading Lynn’s blog and listen/view the embedded clips. In the comments I wrote, “I really enjoyed listening to Dan Pink (as always) but particularly loved viewing Andrew McAfee and his views regarding technology. I interpret his theme as – Embrace technology, be aware of the potential downsides, don’t fear it, but create opportunity through it.”

Work-Life Strategies & Solutions

Nowadays you don’t have to search very hard to find well-respected thinkers forecasting the decline of traditional employment and a corresponding rise in self-employment. Daniel Pink, author of Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working For Yourself, had been tracking the decreasing average “half-life” of organizations well before this book was published in 2001. During his time as former speechwriter for Al Gore, he was one of the first to see the information that the Bureau of Labor Statistics churned out on a weekly basis. The relationship between organizations and employees is changing thanks to technological advancement and, in particular, the Internet. Pink foresees a future in which a great proportion of the population will be working as contractors, getting together and working on one project, dispersing when the project ends, then getting together with a different group to work on another project in the fashion of film crews.  Here…

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  1. Thanks for bringing this to attention Steve. Very useful resource. I especially love Dan Pink’s description of management as a technology from the 1850s.


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