What will we RE-THINK?
As the Industrial Age gives way to a new era of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, people are being empowered to challenge the old models of business, economics and society. The success that once took a company years to reach can now be achieved overnight by three young entrepreneurs in a garage. In addition, innovation will no longer be unique to Silicon Valley as countries such as Indonesia, India, Spain and Nigeria become the centers of “reverse innovation.” The rules from a former age no longer apply.
We have entered a new era of disruptive opportunity, fueled by our increasingly connected world and the convergence of broad trends. The People Cloud will significantly impact all realms, including politics, economics, and society—transforming social uprisings, challenging traditional paradigms, and unleashing yet unimagined ways of collaboration.
As new technologies continue to integrate and redefine our current employment economy, there will be a significant shift in terms of the activities that workers perform in their day-to-day duties. “A recent McKinsey report estimated that 23 percent of current work activity hours in the U.S. could be automated by 2030, and that in about 60 percent of occupations, at least one third of the constituent activities could be automated.”
The People Cloud allows for creative and transformational disruption from people anywhere in the world. Motivated “solopreneurs” are quickly becoming the talent-of-choice for some of the world’s most successful enterprises. They reframe the concept of “employee” to include outside partners who can open the doors for thinking and innovation that are not limited to organizational culture or assumptions.
“I learned that what mattered most wasn’t my profit margin, but rather, the values of the economy I was operating within.” – Katey Schultz
A traditional form of disruption, hacking, typically carries a negative connotation, but when harnessed by organizations, employees, and the crowd it has tremendous positive impacts. This approach allows for new ideas that essentially “hack” an existing system, highlighting weaknesses and opportunities that an organization would otherwise miss. Hacking is a skill that needs to be developed and embraced in our new complex and changing environment.
Hiring disruptive influencers in order to build resilience in our organizations may seem extreme, but what if those hackers were able to access your innermost thoughts as well? The rise of neurotechnology plus an increased understanding of the brain is making the idea of harnessing dreams for personal and collective empowerment a reality. Not only are researchers exploring dreams for both health and recreation, but developers are creating platforms to tap our “night visions” for innovation and social change.
In the coming years, the People Cloud will drive a human-centric approach to employment, propelled by new technologies, new power structures and new values. By strategically focusing on the pillars and trends that will impact how people interact and engage in society, organizations can begin innovating new internal structures, processes and products that can capitalize on these disruptive developments.
Yvette Montero Salvatico is a Principal and Managing Director of The Futures School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of Florida, Yvette has over 15 years of corporate experience with large, multi-national firms such as Kimberly-Clark and The Walt Disney Company. Read more.