Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Work and Careers with audio

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Friday 9th March 2012

  • The Future of Work: Serial Monogamy

    by Dan Finnigan

    There's nothing like the thrill of a new relationship, and a rising generation of star talent likes the rush a new job brings. In today’s workplace everyone is an entrepreneur and employee/employer relationships are switching from everlasting to in-the-moment.

    Employees are hyper connected and always positioning themselves for a potential next big move. But instead of looking back at what once was, they’re embracing this new honest style of employee. Hiring managers have begun to develop new strategies for harnessing that energy for the short term, and crafting recruiting tactics to constantly be in touch with a large pool of talented individuals to easily replenish their ranks or grow. They want to get their hands on the talent while it is up for grabs, and are not married to the idea that it needs to last forever.

    Dan Finnigan, CEO of Jobvite, will present industry statistics which reveal how serial monogamist employees can actually fuel a company’s growth and innovation.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Friday 9th March

    In Brazos, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

    Coverage audio clip

Monday 12th March 2012

  • Tech Cooperatives: A Better Way to Make a Living

    by Raeanne Young, Andi Shively, Drew Stephan, Poonam Whabi and Jack Aponte

    Most experienced IT folks have faced the choice of freelancing versus working for an established business. Freelancing offers creative autonomy but not necessarily steady income. A job with a larger company provides a steady paycheck but often comes with creative and personal constraints.

    We are part of a growing movement among creative professionals who want an alternative to traditional business structures. The worker-cooperative business model enables IT professionals to maintain control of their work and life, produce excellent work, and retain the benefits of the value that they create, without sacrificing security. Our tech cooperatives offer the support and team approach of a firm but are entirely owned and democratically governed by the folks who work in them - us.

    This is a moderated panel with a focused, first-person discussion of different experiences of working in tech cooperatives. We will explain why a growing number of IT professionals prefer working in a co-op setting, the advantages and drawbacks of a democratic workplace, and the processes of starting and maintaining a worker cooperative.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Monday 12th March

    In Brazos, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

    Coverage audio clip

Tuesday 13th March 2012

  • The Future of Work and the Free Radical

    by Althea Erickson, Josh Rubin, Scott Belsky, Benjamin Dyett and Richard Schatzberger

    How we work is changing. But where we work isn’t.

    Over the last ten years a new way of working has emerged, along with some people who live it every day. They’re available 24/7. They network endlessly, and then plug their skills into others’ in surprising combinations. They choose when and how they do what they do, on their terms. They don’t want job security – they want career fluidity. We call them free radicals. And they’re creating the future of work.

    But when they look for a place to do all that, the options are weirdly outdated: office, home, or on the go – say, a café. Those are actually poor choices. Offices mean fixed cost and daily routine. Home is isolated and full of distractions. And cafés get old after the second latté.

    Be transported by this panel of experts into the future of work, as they walk you through their vision of the ideal work experience for free radicals just like you.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Brazos, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

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