Our global economy continues its natural evolution from predominantly top-down employment and innovation to bottom-up employment and innovation, changes in how and where we work continue. These choices are not automatic nor are they always readily apparent.
Knowledge Work (KW), and Knowledge Workers, received its first catalyst during the 1990s fueled by the first Internet revolution via the “World Wide Web”. Web 2.0 and its evolution have only accelerated the opportunities for knowledge workers. Knowledge Work was first coined by Peter Drucker back in 1957 to describe his perspective of where value will be created and crafted during the later part of the 20th and beginnings of the 21st centuries.
Knowledge work refers to the notion that using our minds rather than our labor creates greater value. Industrial style work becomes more automated and that our capacity to leverage our intellectual capital will drive our individual personal economy.
Beginning with the incubation of the technology revolution, the Internet Age with its subsequent digital revolution, leveled the creative playing field as individuals and small groups were able to compete with large institutions in their ability to market game shifting technologies and solutions. No longer was the inventor strapped to the laboratory of large research-based institutions and conglomerates.
Knowledge Work refers to the notion that using our minds rather than our labor creates greater value. Industrial style work becomes more automated and that our capacity to leverage our intellectual capital will drive our individual personal economy.
Work, especially knowledge work is a complex conundrum of private and communal sessions. Private time to reflect and craft ideas yet without interaction how will you know if your idea is merely a personal concoction or something with commercial value?
How will you recharge and refine your ideas?
Business is social. Hermits aren’t normally successful.
It is yours and not yours.
There are spaces that are free flowing and others that are structured. Some are large and some are small. Some are stand-alone and others are part of conglomerates.
Some provide support and are incubator or accelerator like and others are more like a college student union with over-stuffed chairs. Choices need be made. Choose wisely and you will enhance your probability for success. Choose weakly and your hopes and dreams may remain simply that: hopes and dreams.
This is the first part of a series of the collective voices of Scott Sakamoto (@ScottSakamoto), Kurt Sussman (@Neophiliac), and I (@Morriscpa). Together, we are initiating a process to evaluate options and discuss how choices might be made and what a user might look for in a shared space environment.
We encourage you to participate and share your thoughts.
We will individually and collectively share new posts over the next few months as we investigate and share our experience.