GIGCO is a gig-economy platform facilitating the exchange of paid services. The client is the GIGmaker, the service provider the GIGster. The job is a Gig.
GIGmakers easily find service providers & GIGsters get the best Gigs!
GIGmakers choose from GIGster photographers, videographers, narrators & models as well as GIGster carpenters, electricians, handymen, movers, painters & plumbers. We’re expanding & all set for the world! GIGCO has international payment options allowing Gigs between GIGmakers & GIGsters across seas and territories.
Everyone begins by registering on the GIGCO website. This starts the gig-economy journey! GIGCO provides both training opportunities and a community of experts who will mentor aspiring GIGsters.
Digitise! Let GIGCO bring you to the digital economy.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Learning to Adapt
Change is seldom easy, but events came slowly and quietly in the past decades that even power brokers and well-established entities were caught unaware. Some big names are now echoes of the past while new, once unknown players are driving change and excitement. Different industries and disciplines are being disrupted, forcing those unable to adapt fast enough to the wayside.
While the needs of the public remain generally unchanged, what has changed is how these are addressed and what channels are used to address their needs.
Robotics, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, biotechnology, nanotechnology, 3D printing, materials sciences, etc. are coming together to achieve what was thought to be not at all possible. The potential seems endless.
There are downsides, of course. The technological advances and automation are expected to result in no less than an estimated five million jobs being lost by 2020 in the world’s richest economies. That is even after 2.1 million new job opportunities are created. How then will work be affected and how can people cope? This phenomenon is expected to impact the weaker economies and their populations, and they may have an even bigger challenge ahead of them.
Looking beyond and being prepared
The ever-growing presence and proliferation of mobile devices, as well as the variety of ways to access information and the Internet, facilitated much of the change and served as a true highway to change. Information ex-change has accelerated learning and facilitated academic, professional and even emotional development though virtual meetings and teaching and education opportunities. In a very real way, growth has been equalised due to information being more readily available. Indeed, You-Tube, once thought to be nothing more than an entertainment platform, has become the first option for not a few learners.
Even in this simple example, the potential to improve lives is apparent, but things don’t stop there. Dr Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum explained that this Fourth Industrial Revolution can be expected to open new markets and drive economic growth. The cost of trade is expected to decrease and efficiency, for the most part, will experience an upswing, depending, of course, on the ability of people to produce and be disciplined in doing their work alone.
Schwab asserts that “talentism” will be the new capitalism and currency of the emerging economy, with people putting a premium on actual ability and skills. The crucial point then is how to get to the point of greater and continued marketability in a marketplace of not only ideas but of an expanding number of experts. The demand for highly skilled workers has already increased while those with less marketable skills are beginning to feel the pinch.
It can be expected that some tension between those with low skills and, therefore, low pay and those with high skills and significantly higher pay will come about. It is highly unlikely that an attitude that says, “This is what I’ve been doing for years. I don't see why I should change what I do,” will be viable, not that an intransigence to adapt or improve has ever resulted in many positive experiences. Professionals need to up their game and make themselves available in a marketplace demanding more, better and faster.
Schwab says it simply: The Fourth Industrial Revolution will change who we are.
The question now is how to get the advances of the current epoch to work for us rather than being eaten alive by it. It would be good to always remember the advantages of this new Industrial Revolution—incomparable access to information and materials, the creation of trailblazing technology at an astounding pace and being able to put things together seamlessly and almost effortlessly.
Establishing new connections is crucial here. There are people who supply either products or expertise and there are those who have need for these products or expertise. Now, more than ever, it is necessary to bring those with skills and abilities and those who can provide the building blocks to new creations in contact with those who need them.
What's the "G" stand for? The life of a GIGCO superhero
Being stronger than a locomotive, faster than a speeding bullet or leaping tall buildings in a single bound are great. Wouldn't you want to improve a person's life for the long haul though? After all, people need to continuously improve their lives.
GIGCO superheroes did this in Echelon 2018 at the Singapore Expo from 28 to 29 June. They approached attendees in this premiere event to introduce what is a very simple concept: Connecting GIGsters (freelancers) with GIGmakers (job posters) and making sure that work quality is assured and that all transactions are monitored and above board. They got people to download the GIGCO mobile app to get them connected to the GIGCO platform immediately.
The GIGCO platform enables a highly effective entrance into the world's gig economy. It not only provides jobs and services but professionalises the whole process. People sign up as GIGgers (GIGCO members) who can then become GIGsters or GIGmakers. This opens the door to a growing community of professionals who are the best in their fields and can give training and accreditation so that GIGmakers know that their jobs will be handled by the best people available. GIGsters, on the other hand, are given the opportunity to be better, benchmark themselves against their peers and then get accredited, thus giving them more than a leg-up in the very competitive gig economy.
The GIGCO superheroes continuously brought people looking for a much better option in seeking freelance GIGs and for those who want a much more professional treatment of their projects to the GIGCO booth, the headquarters for Echelon 2018. The best GIGCO superheroes were there waiting for attendees to share with them the vision of a truly exciting and professional gig economy.
On the afternoon of 28 June, these GIGCO superheroes took their game to Changi Airport to mingle with other high-flyers. Singaporeans from all over took photos (of course!) with these impeccably dressed superheroes representing the future of the gig community.
With GIGCO and its superheroes—those wearing the outfits and those with GIGCO in their hearts—the gig community can truly expand and be expected to reach an unprecedented number of people.