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As with businesses, there are opportunities – and necessities – for governments embracing the opportunities that digital technology provides. Digital government most likely involves digitizing the interfaces of government – at least with other governments, with citizens, with businesses, and with other organizations. So, it would seem that it is aimed largely at efficiency. However, the digital future for government may be the dawn of a whole new era that redefines the role of government.
I was recently in a meeting, and someone pulled out their iphone and dragged the end of it down their upper left arm. This individual explained that as a diabetic, he is now able to check his blood sugar level as much as he likes and therefore is able to keep his levels much more in balance that previously. And he’s able to do it without painful ‘pin pricks’ previously required for a brief blood test.
The advancement of digital technology is enabling ‘fintech’, or a new breed of financial technology, which represents a major reorganization of the services offered in the financial services industry. Banks and other financial institutions have long been entrenched as intermediaries between the financial system – financial services offered - and consumers. With fintech, the traditional ‘all under one umbrella’ approach of intermediaries is disappearing as people increasingly use computers and mobile devices.
Our digital future will likely see the continued explosive growth of the subscription economy. The key driver is that, as the world becomes more complex and fast-paced, people will increasingly opt to have access to what they want, but not necessarily own it. In so many cases, the time, space, and money needed to own something – for example a pool, a swing set, or a car – may exceed the benefits of owning that thing.
Seldom, if ever, is the Industrial Revolution framed as a labor revolution. Yet that’s undeniably what it was. Is it any coincidence that the dawning industrial revolution — fed by the Internet of Things, virtual reality, and the like — is stealing the limelight from the spread of contingent work?
Whether you’re selling garage sale finds on eBay, extra baby stuff on Let It Go or the latest sprocket on Amazon, you need to be photographer. You’ll need social media and business skills to be successful too, but if your stuff doesn’t look valuable, no one will buy it.
Are you looking for a way to make extra money in your spare time? Who isn’t? If you like cruising garage sales and have an eye for value, you could turn your coins into folding money. It’s not a career, but with some research, legwork and luck it can make a nice paying hobby. Is it for you?
Now that you are cleared to drive for Uber or Lyft (or both), how is the adventure? You probably have a book full of stories from the first weekend alone. How can you make the most of the business and avoid as many problems as possible?
If you paint, sculpt, take photographs or make any other physical form of art, I’m sure you love what you do, but you also deserve to get paid. Not enough artists make a living doing what they do. No one’s going to change that for you than you, however. Time to change your own life.
Thinking about starting a new career selling cars? Learn from my experience to discover whether you will likely fall short or make it big in automobile sales.