A brave new world — since the post-industrialisation era into the Before Corona (BC) period, the weight of the job title has been fading, and a genuine proficiency in solving problems creatively reigns paramount.

Reimagining the world around us in the post–Covid-19 era goes beyond our individual capabilities. Within this newfound realm, we need to reflect on our coexistence and reinvent the way we work, live and play.

Since the global lockdowns began, our digital connectivity has never been more crucial. With the necessary physical distancing persisting through the upcoming months, our adaptation now depends on our digital eloquence.

The Demise of Job Titles

As some industries crumble while the Zooms of the world are bulking up, every company is pivoting to identify the tools and vocabularies to define and successfully direct themselves into an unknown future.

We are no longer bound and defined by one job title or one job description. The conventional “boxed in” job titles are disintegrating, and many are grabbing multiple occupational hat, cross-skilling, and upskilling in a frenzy to support ourselves in the worst economic crisis of the century. The fate of the individual worker has never been more uncertain without an adaptable mindset and adoption of new skill sets.  Yet, in every crisis lies plenty of opportunities.

Paradigm shifts spring forth from conflict. To name a brief few: democracy, women’s suffrage, and the civil rights movement shifted the status quo. These movements have something else in common. They disassembled top-down, hierarchical power structures, and democratised, redistributing agency amongst collaborative networks.

We are now witnessing the restructuring of the known sharing economy, as the roles of gig workers are being reimagined in the new economy.

Photography by Leyy M

Now, the mammoth of tasks is hunted down together by a group of digital workers.

— Danny C. Wijaya, 2019

The Rise of Digital Tribes

Photography by Robynne Hu

“The complexity of work is being broken down into a distributed chain of tasks, shaping the robust stream of the sharing economy.”

Supported by digital advancement, workforces have evolved into a new breed of digital hunter and gatherer. These individuals are eager to explore further, uncharted territories, relying on their specialisations and networks to fill different niches and needs.

The complexity of work is being broken down into a distributed chain of tasks, shaping the robust stream of the sharing economy. Now, the mammoth of tasks is hunted down together by a group of digital workers.

So, how do we respond to this?

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