By Richard Socarides, Head of Public Affairs, GLG
In a world where workers are rethinking how they balance the flexibility independence offers against the security of traditional employment, how do we create a future of work that works for everyone?
That was one of the questions posed at Web Summit Lisbon earlier this month – where more than 60,000 people gathered from around the world to hear 1,200 speakers – and where I participated in a panel on the rise of the so-called “gig economy.”
I was joined by Oisin Hanrahan, CEO of Handy – which provides home cleaning and handymen services on-demand – and Andy Stern, former head of the 2-million-member Service Employees International Union. Our discussion was moderated by Sabrina Siddiqui, a reporter for The Guardian.
Our panel had a tough assignment – and it’s one we think about a lot at GLG, where we are building the gig economy for top professionals. We connect our clients to our membership of more than 500,000 subject-matter experts – whose “gigs” let them monetize, on a project-by-project basis, the specialized knowledge and skills they’ve built throughout their careers.
I was grateful to share the stage with these three amazing thinkers, and I’m excited to share six themes that emerged from our panel.
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