Some interesting perspectives in this article about work in the knowledge economy (as opposed to the industrial).
I like the idea of the “comprehensivist”, and it relates to the kinds of terms I’ve used to describe myself - expert generalist and technopedagogue.
However what I fail to see as the link between this kind of role and the “gig economy”. Yes coincidental in terms of timing but I don’t see them as linked. The rise of the comprehensivist is to do with the transition to a knowledge economy, the gig economy is symptomatic of the death throes of the industrial economy - squeezing every last dollar from labour before they splutter and die. A “If I go down, you’re going down with me” approach.
The section title “The Future Perfect” is pretty worrisome. It points to 4 Key limitations that have apparently been overcome:
- safety nets
- cultural limitations
I would argue that none of these limitations have been actually been overcome. They’ve been “solutionised” - but certainly not solved. Rather a bandaid has been put in place that supports those with high amounts of capital - financial, social and cultural - to overcome them to a point, but are they fixed? Far from it.
What I’ll take from this is a new term - “comprehensivist” - and a reminder that there’s a lot of serious change required to reinvent a society for a knowledge based economy, and we have yet to even begin.
Source: Why High-Skilled Freelancers Are Leaving Corporate Life Behind
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