The No Collar Economy - Vol. I
Our world is constantly changing—a simple truism that is not unique for any given generation or era. And yet the very fact that our dynamics shift continues to surprise us.
We routinely observe that we live in turbulent times without pausing to consider that times are always turbulent. When was the last time a major policy speech began “Times are pretty normal. Everything is as expected. Let’s just put this planet on auto-pilot for a while”?
Instead we are prone to hyperbole, to view the constant shifts as existential threats to our way of life. We believe “this time is different.” In fact, be it the inventions of the cotton mill or the internet, humans have shown a remarkable ability to adapt. Our way of life changes but life continues.
And yet this book begins with a simple premise: This time is different. The exponential change caused by digital innovations has changed the way we work, the way we play, the way we buy, and the way we bank – all in the span of a couple decades. And as a digitizing society, we are just getting warmed up. If it hasn’t been disrupted yet, it will be soon. From the labor market to the dating market, digital tools are rapidly redefining the rules of the game.
Global Markets and Digital Adviser
Samuel George is the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Global Markets and Digital Advisor. Since joining Bertelsmann Foundation in 2012, his work has focused on economics, politics, the digital revolution, and daily life with a specific emphasis on where these issues intersect.
His multimedia approach features documentary film, animated video, and written analysis. Samuel’s documentaries bring viewers up close and personal to people and communities facing the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, offering candid perspectives that allow viewers to draw their own conclusions. Samuel’s written work has also sought to highlight global crossroads. His publications investigate the global impact of the digital revolution, arguing that a successful digital transition requires an inclusive conversation. This work builds upon previous research that contextualized trends in emerging markets, while underscoring the importance of international economics to the transatlantic community.
Samuel is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and holds a master’s degree in international politics and economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington. He is currently completing a PhD at that same institution.