In this Journal article The author distinguishes four areas of Internet use: communication (electronic mail), community (virtual support groups), content (health information on the World Wide Web), and e-commerce. It provides some insight into what could be with regards to the possible use of the internet to create online and real life support groups and patient services.
The Silicon Valley 40 miles south of the CA Div Office seems to me a kind of fishbowl for the future, especially regarding jobs and business change. I think what’s happening in the information technology sector is a harbinger of things to come in many parts of the economy, i.e., we’re seeing before our eyes the materialization of 21st century economics for labor, goods and services.
So, although the article is titled, “Dear Unemployed Techie,” it’s got a lot of good insight that applies to the future of work. Basically:
The lifetime job using a fixed set of skills is disappearing. It may be reasonable to expect to change jobs every few years and to change fields at least once a decade. This means that almost everyone needs to learn to think like an entrepreneur. In particular, spotting trends is important.
Social software is changing the way that we structure our social frameworks. The architecture of our social networks is starting to morph because of the extensive use of internet technology. This article looks at Danah Boyd’s PhD research on the societal implications of systems such as Friendster, yafro, and others. The key is to identify the value of each system, and then attempt to leverage that in favor of the ACS.