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The Kind of Mess


Does this happen to you?

Your Uber Driver knows more than you’re client?

It’s embarrassing, yes?

Big Tech spends millions, hundreds of millions, of dollars in Washington and what do they get for their money?  

A service.  

Nothing more.

A service.  That’s it.

Why is that a problem you ask?  

It’s the problem of the Gig Economy.  When you hire a contractor to do your bidding, key bits of information don’t flow across the contractual boarder.  Knowledge often fails to make the leap.  History certainly is left on the curb when the driver pulls away.  And wisdom?  Lonely wisdom?  Clutching her purse and hoping for the best?  

Fourth episode in the new series begins “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know” from the audio drama “How We Manage Stuff.”



  • Sulley, HWMS Washington Director – Josh LaForce
  • Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor – Sahara Ale
  • Anna  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Ed Kowalski of T&S – Kit Kuksenok
  • Morris Fitz, of NTIA – Geoffrey Grier
  • Bashir the Uber Driver – Ron Bianchi



Smart Technology in the Intersection

hwms.coverart A series on smart technology technology and autonomous vehicles is running when a self-driving Uber car goes astray. It probably does not mark the end of the technology. However it causes us to remember the true nature of what we are doing and how the public may not forever sustain its enthusiasm for digital products or its willingness to serve as the test subjects for new ideas. Thoughts on the Tempe crash from the staff of How We Manage Stuff. Cast:
  • David Alan Grier- Executive Producer

17705: Reading Peter Drucker My Poppets

hwms.coverart Perspective.  We read old books to get a perspective on the events of our time. When Peter Drucker wrote Concept of the Corporation, he knew little about computers, nothing about the future Internet, and only the theory of the Gig Economy.  But when he wrote that General Motors was the model for the American Corporation, he described ideas that might just as well apply to Uber and its undisciplined CEO. [17218] Cast:

Penelope the Principal: Debbon Ayer

Bix the Master Scrum Master: Ron Bianchi


16425: The Fissured Workplace: We Read It So You Don’t Have To

hwms.coverart Not up on the current literature of technology and organization? Don’t worry. We read it so you don’t have to. This week, we look at David Weil’s Fissured Workplace, a book about what is happening to the workplace in the age of Uber, Taskrabbit and Mechanical Turk. [16425]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail