oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on labor markets, innovation, and online work. This week we discuss freelancing off the beaten path, communicating with dispersed teams, and furniture design that supports flexible work.
For many, the office has already left the building. However, with a majority of people continuing to check in at the office, where work happens is still a hot topic for discussion. Luckily, organizations are increasingly ditching the “cubicle farm” vibe for friendlier office space design.
oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on labor markets, innovation, and online work. This week we discuss the rise of the sharing economy and collaborative consumption, the workplace of the future, and alternatives to the home office.
This year’s list of Pulitzer Prize winners included a first for the prestigious award: a completely virtual news agency.
InsideClimate News, an online-only publication, won the National News Reporting category. The non-profit news agency is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, but only publisher David Sassoon clocks in at their official office. Other reporters and editors are flung across the U.S. — even around the globe. oDesk recently talked to publisher David Sassoon about the organization’s journey from a two-man blog to an award-winning investigative news site.
The sharing economy, collaborative consumption, on-demand access… it goes by many names, all equally buzzed-about. From travel accommodations (Airbnb, VRBO) to transportation (Uber, Lyft) and work (oDesk, TaskRabbit), the collaborative economy has disrupted more industries than it has left untouched. This morning, the research and advisory firm Altimeter Group published a report, “The Collaborative Economy,” outlining the landscape of this sector and chronicling its growth. Written by industry analyst and Altimeter partner Jeremiah Owyang, the report boldly highlights the necessity for businesses (not just consumers) to take advantage of the collaborative economy.