I joined the gig economy earlier this year. This is generally accepted code for being made redundant and finding bits & bobs of work to do, rather than a new job. Never fear, it's good fun and I'm in great company. In fact almost one third of working people across the OECD are now in the same boat. And there's a good chance you'll be joining us soon, if the trend continues. So hey, as dear old Alistair Cook once put it, in trying to sum up the reality behind the American Dream: "Take up your cross and relax!".
I believe New Zealand is ideally placed to become a new centre for disruptive innovation. In the last few months I've been meeting some astonishing people working on ultra-cool projects and all of them, without exception, are doing it on extremely tight budgets. Having worked in the non-profit sector most of my life, this feels like home. There's just one problem. Many of these people are innovators first, makers second, entrepreneurs third, and communicators, if at all, a distant last.
And so, in a general attempt to make myself useful, I shall henceforth collect up and share their stories.
And along the way I will look at emerging technologies and the economic roots of disruption itself. There's panic in Babylon, as Lee "Scratch" Perry puts it, but we don't know if we're living through the early days of a feelgood flick or the last stages of a Greek tragedy. Whichever way it goes, we are the leading characters in this drama. Sitting back on our tushies will not end well. Rather than that, let's prepare, puzzle, communicate, revelate and even share a few laffs along the way.