In this episode, Mary Gray, Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and co-author of Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass, discusses the work of the often invisible contract employees who bring an essential human element to tech and how the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing their undeniable value to light.
In this episode you will learn:
How contract workers are essential in aiding AIs and search engines
Examples of a ghost work in everyday technology
How the tech industry often devalues contract employees
What data labeling is
What a ghost worker’s daily schedule looks like
How the growing telehealth industry is a prime example of under-appreciated, yet essential contract work
The three elements that undermine job happiness
How business are benefiting from contract workers
The growing challenges of moving towards more contract-driven business
Why we should mind the gap rather than close the gap
How the pandemic is demonstrating the value of contract and ghost work
What are the limits of tech and where does human creativity and spontaneity become irreplaceable
In the season 3 premiere of Innovation for All, Dr. Marcia Chatelain, author of Franchise: The Golden Arches In Black Americaand professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University, explains the complex history of McDonald’s in black America. She explains how the civil rights movement impacted black business ownership and how franchises, like McDonald’s, can be both an economic win and financially limiting for low-income communities.
In this episode of Innovation for All, Janet Stovall tells us about her history fighting for inclusion since she was a student at Davidson College through present day, where she is the current speech writer for the CEO of UPS. She discusses the complexities of being a woman of color in the workforce and how to address institutionalized racism.
In this episode you will learn:
The history of Project 87 at Davidson College
How measurable, quantifiable movements are successful
What it’s like to be a “stand-in director of diversity”
Experiences of being an Executive Speech Writer for UPS’s CEO
How Janet left corporate America to start her own business
The business case for diversity
Challenges of corporate America
Pros and cons of being self employed
Overcoming discrimination against women of color in the workforce
Allen Smart is a national spokesperson and advocate for improving rural philanthropic practices under his group – PhilanthropywoRx. He is also the Project Director for a national rural philanthropic project based at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Allen regularly consults with regional and national foundations on rural and philanthropic strategies.
In this episode of Innovation for All, Allen discusses the complexities of rural America and how a lack of acknowledgement of its diversity is holding back the work being done there.
Amplio Recruiting is a company that helps companies hire people from the refugee community. How do they refute and calm the fears potential employers? How does they ensure that vulnerable people aren’t being taken advantage of? And what has made the business so successful? Find out with Sheana in this episode of Innovation for All Podcast.