In the latest episode of the Innovation Storytellers Show, I sit down with John Winsor, Founder and Chairman of Open Assembly, to examine the intricacies of the future of work. John, who is an authority on open talent and innovative work models, brings decades of experience and wisdom to the conversation.
Winsor is not a stranger to groundbreaking ideas. He has served as an executive in residence at Harvard Business School’s Laboratory for Innovation Science and is currently writing his sixth book, “Open Talent: Leveraging a Global Workforce to Solve Your Biggest Challenges.” His expertise places him at the crossroads of innovation, disruption, and storytelling—my favorite trifecta.
John details how work as we know it is undergoing a radical transformation. Traditional office settings and 9-to-5 commitments are giving way to a more dynamic, fluid, and global workforce. He challenges businesses to rethink how and where they source their talent, suggesting that the next genius addition to their team might not be within the “four walls” of their office. Instead, he introduces the concept of a digital aggregation platform that reduces the friction associated with adopting open talent and freelancing models, facilitating a seamless transition to more adaptive and efficient working modes.
John’s work also has a broader societal ambition. He recently co-founded a global industry coalition, the Center for the Transformation of Work, which aims to revolutionize the workplace for a billion people by 2025. It’s a lofty goal that magnifies the scale and urgency of the changes we are witnessing in workspaces and workstyles.
This episode is a compelling narrative that combines John Winsor’s strategic foresight with my expertise in storytelling to paint a vivid picture of what the future could, and perhaps should, look like for businesses and professionals alike.
To add a touch of intrigue, John also teases an upcoming excerpt in the Harvard Business Review and discusses his forthcoming book set to be published in 2024. All said and done, this episode is an invaluable resource for leaders and thinkers who are willing to challenge traditional notions and are hungry for a glimpse of what the future of work holds.
Name: John Winsor
Title: Founder & Chairman
Company: Open Assembly
John Winsor is an entrepreneur, thought leader and global authority on the future of work, open talent and remote work. John’s ideas, expressed through his writing, speaking, and the companies he’s built, have placed him at the intersection of innovation, disruption and storytelling.
John is currently the executive-in-residence at Harvard Business School’s Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH), which studies AI and Workforce Transformation strategies, and founder and CEO of Open Assembly, a company that provides content, community, and strategic advising to organizations, people, and platforms to co-create the future of work.