Monday 14th March, 2011
12:30pm to 1:30pm
“No one I know has a full-time job anymore. They’ve got Gigs.” - Tina Brown, The Gig Economy (http://www.thedailybeast.com/blo...)
Depending on when you last watched Office Space, Lumbergh might be your idea of the quintessential boss from hell or evoke nostalgia for “when people had bosses.”
Welcome to the jobless, boss-less Gig Economy.
Where independent workers now make up 30% of the American workforce - freelancers, contractors, part-timers, self-employed, dabblers in a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
Where 75% of small businesses in the US are sole proprietorships – that’s 20 million businesses with no Lumbergh and no employees.
And where 75% of 2010’s college grads don’t have a job waiting for them on the other side of their Commencement Address.
Maybe we’re better off working for ourselves.
In his latest book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink argues that “extrinsic motivators” like bosses and bonuses are less effective than things that motivate us from the inside out: autonomy, mastery and purpose.
So what makes us tick when we don’t have a boss, an office, a time to show up at work, or even a paycheck?
Through the lenses of autonomy, mastery and purpose, we’ll talk with a panel of the nation’s leading thinkers on the freelance lifestyle and work productivity and argue whether we’re looking at a crippling, jobless future or the emergence of a better way to work.
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