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In this episode, Mary connects with Jon Younger. Jon is the author of Forbes’ #Freelancerevolution blog and is a prolific and well-respected writer about the freelance economy. Mary and Jon discuss the freelance future- how the freelance economy will impact the world of work and careers, the evolving landscape of work available to freelancers and why many new startups and platforms are tapping into this booming market and much more.
Jon’s 2016 book Agile Talent written with Norm Smallwood was among the first to describe the impact of the freelance economy on careers and organizations.
In 2018 Jon created the Agile Talent Collaborative as a space for collaborative research and best practice sharing in the freelance economy. In 2021 he led the Global Survey on Freelancing co-sponsored by the University of Toronto and 77 freelance platforms in 30 countries. In 2022 he became an expert in residence at Open-Assembly.com.
He was previously a partner with Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood of The RBL Group. He sits on several freelance startup advisory boards, advises a number of large corporations, and is an occasional early stage investor.
Resources mentioned in the episode:
- Agile Talent: How to Source and Manage Outside Expert by Jon Younger and Norm Smallwood
- HR from the Outside In: Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources by Jon Younger, Mike Ulrich, Wayne Brockbank and Dave Ulrich
- HR Transformation: Building Human Resources from the Outside In by Dave Ulrich, Jon Younger, Justin Allen, Wayne Brockbank and Mark Nyman
- The Freelance Revolution blog by Jon Younger
One thought on “Episode 40: The Freelance Future with Jon Younger”
Thanks for sharing this great episode with Jon Younger. I’ve been following his work on the freelance economy for a while now and it’s always interesting to hear his insights and predictions for the future. I especially appreciated the mention of his Global Survey on Freelancing, as I think it’s important to have a good understanding of the state of the freelance market in order to make informed decisions as either a freelancer or a business looking to hire freelancers.
I also found it interesting to learn about Jon’s work with the Agile Talent Collaborative and his role as an expert in residence at Open-Assembly.com. It’s clear that Jon is deeply involved in the world of freelance work and is dedicated to helping others navigate this rapidly changing landscape.
Mark Green of Jpazamu.com