Last week I referenced this slide deck on Twitter:
@KeithGulliver “Silicon Valley Trends – LeWeb Nov 2013” by @loic ==> http://www.slideshare.net/loiclemeur/silicon-valley-trends-leweb-nov-2013?ref=http://blog.slideshare.net/2013/11/22/weekend-reading-tech-that-will-disrupt-the-future/index.html … via @SlideShare #leweb #paris this will get you thinking.
I’m not sure if my tweet did actually get anyone else thinking, but I was intrigued by this slide deck (yes, it’s sad I know 😉 ) which covers 25 Silicon Valley trends, illustrated with around 60 examples.
If you follow me on Twitter you’ll probably recognize my tendency to share quite a few tweets on themes such as Wearable Computing, AI and alternative New Currencies. Although they are all covered in this deck and I think there are clear connections to work and the workplace, they are not the themes that caught my attention on this occasion.
However, the following did set me off to do some further reading:
- Mindfulness and Meditation.
- Creating Communities.
- Online Education.
- A Collaborative Economy.
- The Start-Up Is You.
- The Way We Give.
- Having Stuff Done By Others.
Working in the IT Industry I’m always on the look out for connections between new technical trends, the ideas behind them and their potential for impact on work and the workplace.
Real Talent Twittens stuff, eh?!
Potential HR Connections
This slide deck provides plenty for those of us working in the HR Profession to think about. I was familiar with some of the themes and examples but not all.
Here’s a summary of potential connections that came to mind as I was reading through the details.
- Personal and professional development
- Health and well-being
- Collaboration and the importance of communities, both virtual and physical
- Sharing and connecting – people with people and people to resources
- Engagement – of the employee and with the client
- Organizational culture and values
- Community support and ‘give back’
- Tailoring investments to the individual and their needs
- Tasks or project activities in the cloud
I Leave You With A Question
What other potential connections to work and the workplace can you see and most importantly how will we incorporate them in to our future HR thinking and actions?
Let me know if you have any thoughts. In the meantime my brain has made a loose connection between the title of this blog post and The Beach Boys. Time for some more thinking in my room perhaps 🙂 ?
A Few Notes
Below I’ve included a few notes (some shamelessly ‘lifted’) the website reference sources and some video links. I put these together as a set of ‘workings’ really, so they are a bit rough and ready and should be read with that in mind, but they will give you a good overview of the examples. The videos are well worth watching, they bring the individual examples to life in my view.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Description: Headspace is designed to demystify meditation. The aim is for it to be easy-to-learn, fun-to-do, and relevant to everyday life.
Description: According to the description of the app on iTunes, Lift is like having a coach in your phone giving you daily motivation, coaching, and prompting.
Video 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwnHKugEgso
Video 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPDe7hZDn9c
Description: Well, it’s more than just an online company that sells shoes that’s for sure! Watch this video to find out more http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6WHAfWqX3s
I also came across this video from HBR which is fascinating ==> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQLTQAv5JQA
Description: Burning Man is an annual event and year-round culture. The event takes place the week leading up to and including Labor Day, in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, where the Burning Man organization creates the infrastructure of Black Rock City, wherein attendees (or “participants”) dedicate themselves to the spirit of community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, leaving no trace.
Video 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woOHbbaj6fM
Video 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pUTKNGpu1s
Description: I would recommend watching the video on the website: http://www.summit.co/eden/
Description: The Digital Detox is a tech-free, personal well-ness retreat where attendees give up their smart-phones and gadgets in exchange for four days of serenity and bliss.
Description: Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
Description: Codecademy is an education company that wants to rethink education from the bottom up. We do not want to open up universities. We want to open up knowledge.
Description: Khan Academy is a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
Description: Udacity’s mission is to bring accessible, affordable, engaging, and highly effective higher education to the world.
Description: Watch the videos here ==> http://www.lynda.com/Documentaries-lyndacom-tutorials/lyndacom-Story/116098-2.html
Here are some other video links:
Video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6QtJ41DajM
Video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oabxru6t10
A Collaborative Economy.
Description: Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone.
Video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXc-6vuFCIc
Video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaOFuW011G8
Description: Uber connects riders to drivers through its apps to make cities more accessible, open up possibilities for riders and more business for drivers.
Description: Lyft is a fun, affordable alternative to a cab. The mobile app features a simple user interface and real-time location mapping to deliver a friendly, background-checked driver to people’s location in minutes.
The Start-Up Is You.
Description: Upstart is a funding marketplace designed to provide people early in their careers with a slice of economic freedom so they can start a business, learn a new skill, or just pay off their student loans. The money comes from backers, who can also provide career advice, introductions or just the occasional cheer from the sidelines.
The Way We Give.
Description: “Sama” means equal. Samasource connects poor women and youth to training and employment in the digital economy.
Having Stuff Done By Others.
Description: TaskRabbit is an online and mobile marketplace that connects neighbors to get things done.