This year marks 10 years since I started working as a communications freelancer. At the same time it marks a transition to remote work and a transformation of the labour market as a result of the pandemic. It is also the year my daughter turned one and started preschool. I wanted to take the time to do a quick recap of the year; the projects I’ve worked on, the people I’ve collaborated with, and the challenges and learnings that were had. My focus this year has been on the gig economy, education, remote work, innovation, community, and the fast growing games industry.
Hack the Crisis Sweden – 7000+ hackers, submitting over 500 solutions to help Sweden cope with the corona virus; as part of an initiative by The Swedish Government the first weekend of April. The objective: come up with solutions that can be implemented within two months and make real impact. We joined – AND WON our category!!
In a fast moving world, where digitization is constantly changing the rules of the game on the labor market, being curious and open to learning new things is key to staying relevant. I had the opportunity to share my thoughts on lifelong learning, networking and freelance life with Dagens Nyheter, one of Sweden’s largest morning papers.
Will everyone be a gig worker in the future? With the rise of the gig economy it is becoming all the more common for people to take on several freelance gigs as opposed to looking for permanent employment. I have been an active part of the gig economy for the past nine years, starting my own company right out of university instead of looking for a traditional job. Today, I am an advocate for work life flexibility and a strong believer of that all the more people will turn to become ‘giggers’ in the future. That’s why it’s becoming all the more important for companies to have a gig strategy in place.
Rather than post updates visible to everyone it’s becoming all the more common for people to interact in groups on social media. In Sweden, the national study “The Swedes and the Internet 2018” (Svenskarna och Internet 2018) shows that Groups are the second most common reason why we choose to be active on Facebook today. I’m therefore not surprised that Facebook has chosen to launch their ‘Community Leadership Circle’ initiative to help local group admins come together to create a positive impact on society.