Presented in the Hong Kong Baptist University Graduate Students Conference today morning on Precarity and Platform Work in Jakarta along with my PhD colleague Anders Kirstein Møller, with the on the ground research support of Pak Alfian A Pelu, Labour Activist Researcher with LIPS, Jakarta.
Zoom is a democratizing tool in the words of Prof Debjani Bhattacharya, historian at the University of Zurich; as there were presenters from Singapore, Hong Kong, Yunan and Dhaka in the Pandemic New Normal session.
Its really hilarious how folks associate their sense of the self to a brand, in particular the optics on Linkedin, as once the firm finds a cheaper resource, the person will be replaced as a cog. There is a probation to clear, right. Find the value in ones skills and the ability to deliver rather than the rhetoric.
Before talking about ‘The Future of Work’, how about understanding the present pandemic related disruptions and discontinuities where communities of practice were divided into remote and precarious front-liner, creating a work-based caste system of the present.
There are three buckets in any knowledge sector work i.e. Subject Matter Expertise, Program Delivery Expertise and Rain Making. If one brings in revenue and solves vexed problems, then the market will hire you. Stop blaming neoliberal capitalism, and ‘upgrade’.