[qi:_webworkerdaily] Big-picture thinking and inventiveness are going to be the key to professional success in a new “conceptual age.” In a series of posts over at WebWorkerDaily, Imran Ali has been musing on the type of work that we might be doing in the future, the skills that will be required, and the type of teams we might be working in. The skills we need could evolve, Imran pointed out, citing career analyst Daniel Pink‘s assertion that “right-brainers will rule this century.” In his book, Pink states that we’ll need to augment our “left-brained” reasoning with six crucial “right-brained” skills: design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning. Imran followed this up by exploring the hot new job category for the 21st century: data.
As we move into the post-Web 2.0 world of “Web Squared” (a smarter web extending into the real world through sensor applications), and as governments open up their data archives, we’ll see a proliferation of data to be mined. Demand for people who can make sense of that data, and use Pink’s “right-brained” thinking to extract stories from it, is going to rocket. For instance, IBM (s ibm) is preparing to expand the number of data analysis employees it has from 200 to 4,000 — a twenty-fold increase.
Imran also looked at the “Noded” working philosophy — a way of bringing together independent professionals into ad hoc project teams. Unlike traditional distributed teams, Noded teams work for a wide range of clients, and any member of the team can take the lead to bring in work, manage projects and choose their team members. Many freelancers, particularly those in tech fields like web development, are already working in Noded-like teams, but the concept could be used to modernize other industries, too. Is it time to say goodbye to the traditional newsroom and make way for Noded teams of reporters?