future hedging

“The future of work will be based on hacking uncertainty and hedging risks through post-blockchain smart contracts, learning and social capital.

The main question is perhaps not what skills we should have in the future, but how we hedge the risks that are inbuilt in our world, our unique knowledge assets, the know-what, the know-who and know-how of our life.” —Esko Kilpi

In hedging the future of work, Esko Kilpi describes three areas of work that need to be negotiated by knowledge workers in the digital network era.

  1. Long-term Collectives
  2. Short-term Communities
  3. Flash Networks

These three areas loosely align with the triple operating system and the perpetual beta working model, two models I frequently use to describe how work is a constant dance between looser communities and networks (to get inspiration and ideas) and temporary, negotiated hierarchies to get work done.

The social safety net used to be in our workplaces and is now shifting to our social networks.

This is very much the current state of affairs for many freelancers. We can hedge our work futures by engaging  in collectives and communities to create a wide and diverse web of connections and relationships so that we can take advantage of flash opportunities for work: on our own terms.

One Response to “future hedging”

  1. Joitske Hulsebosch

    Interesting distinction because I have been wondering whether networks and teams are becoming more and more short-lived and fluid (think of a MOOC flocking together). But it is true that there are also more long-lived communities


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