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Wingham Rowan: A new kind of job market

job market Plenty of people need jobs with very flexible hours — but it’s difficult for those people to connect with the employers who need them. Wingham Rowan is working on that. He explains how the same technology that powers modern financial markets can help employers book workers for slivers of time.

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  1. rm06c Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #1

    You indicated it …
    You indicated it when you said “things that drive up medical costs for 3rd parties should be penalized or illegal.” That’s a huge sweep of authority right there.
    You say that airbags are a good idea to have on all vehicles, but at what point does a good idea not need the government? Where do you draw the line between a person being responsible for themselves and making their own choices and the government dictating so? It is a slippery-slope argument that sets arbitrary boundaries.

  2. meotaku2 Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #2

    Why, do you want to …
    Why, do you want to hire my slave for a few hours ?

  3. Truthiness231 Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #3

    I didn’t say any …
    I didn’t say any product or decision. I’m for sensible restrictions. At what point did I indicate that because airbags are cheap lifesavers and that that is a good idea to have on all vehicles == everything else under the sun is cool now too? Huh?

  4. rm06c Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #4

    You’ve completely …
    You’ve completely lost all sense of proportion. You have now said it is okay for government to regulate ANY product or decision that can increase medical costs. That means alcohol, staplers, water bottles, pools, and just about everything which is absolutely ludicrous. At what point does the government stop regulating and allow people to make their own choices?

    You keep saying “the majority.” You are invoking tyranny of the majority, oppressing the smallest minority, the individual.

  5. 137P0359997 Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #5

    A new kind of …
    A new kind of slavery.

  6. Donnievil Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #6

    I’m sure you could …
    I’m sure you could google this, I didn’t but read it in the paper a few days back, that China had in fact ordered a large number of factories in Beijing to shut down.

    However, when the EPA introduces ridiculous guidelines and makes it all but impossible for new factories to open in America, where do they go? Low regulation 3rd world countries and places like China and India.

  7. Truthiness231 Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #7

    You missed the …
    You missed the point of the example; the part in quotes could be completely disregarded, I used that an example of air quality not a lack of an EPA proxy (which, actually, they did lack until very recently and it’s still not nearly as effective as our EPA). I am curious if you can find any example of China’s government stepping in and telling any company to stop pumping into the atmosphere, as I tried for your benefit but couldn’t… I googled “china on air pollution” and.. well, just do it

  8. triforcelink Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #8

    You did say it: “I …
    You did say it: “I could never do such a thing…” Last line in your previous comment. And yes, it would take a revolution of thinking on your part to turn that idea into a reality. As far as informing people, I don’t think you have to worry about that, if you create something truly better than what we have now, it will spread by its self (just look at the internet, do you even know anyone personally that has never heard of it or used it??)

  9. VideoRoom207 Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #9

    Honestly this is …
    Honestly this is pretty scary. Eventually our lives will JUST be statistic/data sheets to sell ourselves with.

  10. VideoRoom207 Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #10

    Pretty sure in the …
    Pretty sure in the end this would become even more ageist than our society/system already is.

  11. Donnievil Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #11

    Lol…yes, use …
    Lol…yes, use China as an example of free market related eco damage. Despite some Free Market principles, China has full gov’t control and oversight. Not exactly a great example. Actually seems to prove the opposite of what you claim.

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  13. ElainePamela9 Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #13

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  14. Truthiness231 Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #14

    “Of course there’s …
    “Of course there’s the byproduct of medical costs. No man is an island unto himself.” + “Drunk driving is illegal because it has 3rd party consequences.” = things that drive up medical costs for 3rd parties should be penalized or illegal. At least IMO and in the majorities opinion. If we have a way to demonstrably lower the cost of medicine without messing with essential personal freedoms, we go for it. And not having airbags – a cheap lifesaver – isn’t a freedom I or most give two about.

  15. rm06c Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #15

    Commission doesn’t …
    Commission doesn’t work for every type of employment. How do you provide commission to a technician fixing a product?
    Employees do receive a percentage of the companies profits, that’s what their paycheck is! If the labor is more valuable than what the company pays, then said employees will go to where they will be paid more. So wages would go up to keep those employees.
    Most PEOPLE will happily pay less if they can get away with it. I would rather pay less for a TV than more. Is that wrong?

  16. rm06c Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #16

    Of course there’s …
    Of course there’s the byproduct of medical costs. No man is an island unto himself. But it is still an abridgment for the state to force me to protect myself.
    Drunk driving is illegal because it has 3rd party consequences. Someone else is injured because of a person’s choice to drink and drive.
    Most people are not idiots. Average IQs increase every 10 years. Most people know what is in their best interest. They should be allowed to make their own choices, even if they are bad choice like drugs.

  17. Grahen Kraken Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #17

    I never said I …
    I never said I could never do it, but it would only be possible if most of the world did it, and it was accepted as a common thing over time, it would take a revolution of thinking about our world, and all it takes to do that is to get common people informed on what’s really going on, and that it’s all possible if we accept it. The material requirements are already available.

  18. triforcelink Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #18

    If you could never …
    If you could never do it, then why do you think that someone else could or even should do it?

  19. cedarshen Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #19

    This man descibes a …
    This man descibes a nightmare, good god, let us hope this kind of thing never comes to pass.

  20. TheGameYouveLost Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #20

    “If you are a baby …
    “If you are a baby sitter you should travel around the country.”
    It sure is amazing how humans are so insignificant they shall adopt for the need of the market.
    But of course, maybe a society needs losers to have winners afterall.

  21. greycloud24 Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #21

    if companies really …
    if companies really payed employees the true value of their labor, then every worker would work for commission and a percentage of the companies profits. the labor is required for the company to run, and is actually more valuable then what the company pays the employee. the difference of the employees value in labor vs. what the employee is paid is what makes up a large amount of the profits for the company. most companies will happily pay less if they can get away with it.

  22. realbluemeanie Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #22

    I believe so.
    I believe so.

  23. Grahen Kraken Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #23

    I would totally …
    I would totally agree with you, we shouldn’t take their idea of what success is but rather form our own. But the problem is that if I made that store I would still need to buy the things myself to be able to give the stuff out for free.The entire system needs to work this way for it to be possible.

    I recommend watching “Thrive”, it is an eye-opening film available here on youtube. You will understand why, unfortunately, I could never do such a thing…

  24. triforcelink Feb 5th, 2013 @ 21:17 | #24

    I don’t think …
    I don’t think people with a lot of money are the problem, but rather it’s us comparing ourselves to them and thinking that we need to have what they have. If you have the vision for creating a store where people can get everything they need for free, then by all means go out and do it, don’t wait on someone else, because they’re probably busy doing something else, like building their own vision (even if that vision is of them selves sitting on the couch watching TV)

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