Awhile ago I finished reading Daniel Pink‘s book “Free Agent Nation: How America’s New Independent Workers Are Transforming the Way We Live“. I found out about Daniel Pink’s work after watching a TED Talk on “The Surprising Science of Motivation“.
Daniel Pink is a freelance author, columnist and speaker. His works to date focus on the ever-changing nature of work and society. His works have been featured in everything from Wired to Harvard Business Review to The New York Times. He formerly was a speech-writer and aide within President Clinton’s Cabanet.
This book focuses on what Dan calls “Free Agents”, how this group is growing in America, what has allowed for this growth, and the challenges they face. “Free Agents” refer to all independent workers, ranging from self-employed workers, micro-business owners, consultants, temp-workers, etc. Pink conservatively estimates that in 2001 there were 33 million workers in the U.S.; that’s 23% of the U.S. workforce. He sights four factors that are driving people to be independent workers: