MARCH 8 – HBR Online: Open Talent

March 8, 2024 | 09:30 ‒ 11:30

Leveraging the Global Workforce to Solve Your Biggest Challenges

SPEAKER: John Winsor, Founder, Open Assembly

As the pandemic waned, we returned to sparsely populated offices and empty conference rooms. Our working life had been transformed, seemingly overnight. We rocketed a decade forward in one year, and now the imperative is clear—adapt to and leverage this new, digitally enabled world of “open talent” or get left behind.

In this essential guide for the new world of work, thought leader John Winsor shows how talented workers everywhere exited their jobs without leaving the workforce, freelancing for multiple companies or starting small businesses. What’s more, with platforms like, Fiverr, and UpWork, talent has more power than ever.

How can companies adapt? The key is shifting to what the author calls a networked organization, revolving around talent and projects from inside and outside the organization, viewing talent as a needed global ecosystem.

With rich stories, keen insights, and lots of practical advice, Winsor provides a new framework for transforming your organization into a talent-orchestrating, problem- solving machine.

John Winsor is an entrepreneur and adviser in the open talent space and an executive-in-residence at Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard and the founder and Chair of Open Assembly.