Social Media and the Changing Face of Employment
Monday, August 27th, 2012
My folks adopted a saying they passed on to me I’m sure you’ve all heard. Here’s how they would say it:
“Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he can feed himself his whole life”
This week as we make time to celebrate all that is wrought through the application of social dynamics to digital technologies, I believe it is important to call attention to one way social media can create social good in an effort to get better at facilitating it.
After all as someone once said, “It is not enough to do good, it must be done well.” That person was ST. Vincent DePaul, and despite having said it so long ago I find it exceedingly apropos in our age where a digital like or share often suffices as altruism.
My folks would say to teach a man to fish, but here’s how I would say it:
There is no greater altruism than the gift of fair meaningful work both for the employer and the employed.
As humans we see nothing if not through the lens of story – we will hear some of those stories today – and we all too often define who we are in those stories most by what we do or have done. Without the sense of purpose provided by meaningful, gainful employment, we face a major impediment to the freedom to live life and pursue happiness.
With those things in mind, in what ways have social technologies had an impact (for good or ill) on the ways we fill and find jobs?
Check out my Storify collection of tweets and posts about this event here: