"At first glance, the organization chart for the maker of True Story, a card game and mobile app in which players trade stories from their daily lives, resemble...d that of any company. There was a content division to churn out copy for game cards; graphic designers to devise the logo and the packaging; developers to build the mobile app and the website. There was even a play-testing division to catch potential hiccups.
Upon closer inspection, the producer of True Story wasn’t really a firm: The workers were all freelancers who typically had never met and, perhaps more striking, the entire organization existed solely to create the game and then disbanded.
True Story was a case study in what two Stanford professors call “flash organizations” — ephemeral setups to execute a single, complex project in ways traditionally associated with corporations, nonprofit groups or governments.
The professors, Melissa Valentine and Michael Bernstein, contend that information technology has made the flash organization a suddenly viable form across a number of industries.
And, in fact, intermediaries are already springing up across industries like software and pharmaceuticals to assemble such organizations. They rely heavily on data and algorithms to determine which workers are best suited to one another, and also on decidedly lower-tech innovations, like middle management.
But to the extent that temporary organizations replace permanent ones, they have the potential to add to the economic uncertainty that workers must increasingly contend with."
Best film review we've ever gotten. After OPEN HEART screened in the village, a woman told us: "Even if my house had been completely robbed while I was gone to see the film, it would have been worth it!"
Our impact partner The Strongheart Group screened OPEN HEART in ANGELIQUE'S VILLAGE!! Photo credit to Laura Elizabeth Pohl Multimedia/ADMA. All made possible by a grant from Stories of Change, a project of Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program supported by the Skoll Foundation. Additional crucial support provided by Open Road Alliance. Film coverage of the event by the students of the Africa Digital Media Academy! Animation by Mento Pro, Ltd - students from ADMA. Screen by: OPEN AIR CINEMA.
OPEN HEART DOCTOR FEATURED ON 60 MINUTES!
Tune in to watch Dr. Gino Strada, founder of EMERGENCY, on 60 Minutes this Sunday, May 11th at 7 pm ET/PT. Please share this post to help raise awareness about free life-saving heart surgery in Sudan.
Great shoutout from South Africa!
BIG THANK YOU to the SKOLL FOUNDATION for funding OPEN HEART and SALAAM CENTRE FOR CARDIAC SURGERY. Good good people.
Courtesy of Dr. Gino Strada - today's activity list at Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery.
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