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“Lewis the Problem Solver”  answers your questions. 

Let’s start with a gig economy joke. Then I’ll tell you about the gig economy.

“What do you call a ride-sharing app that serves breakfast? Eggs Uber easy. “

“Ha, ha, ha….”

Now for today’s Problem

Q. What does the term the “gig economy” mean?”

A. Gig economy is a term used to describe a labor market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs.

Most people associate this type of work with Uber drivers or other freelancers. One of my business The New York Chair Massage Company –www.eventshairmassage.com is built on this model. I seek out corporate contracts and hire independent bodyworkers and massage therapists to do the job. I have been working with many of these great service providers, yet we have never met.

Many of the incentives in this type of career choice are tied to gamification, a concept drawn from applied game theory.

Gamification is the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts. Gamification commonly employs game design elements to improve user engagement, organizational productivity, flow, effectiveness, efficiency, precision, learning, crowdsourcing, employee recruitment and evaluation, ease of use, the usefulness of systems, physical exercise, traffic violations, voter apathy, and most of all, self-awareness. A collection of research on gamification shows that a majority of studies on gamification find it has positive effects on individuals. However, individual and contextual differences exist. Gamification can also improve an individual’s ability to comprehend digital content and understand a certain area of study such as music.

Gamification techniques are intended to leverage people’s natural desires for socializing, learning, mastery, competition, achievement, status, self-expression, altruism, or closure, or simply their response to the framing of a situation as game or play. Early gamification strategies use rewards for players who accomplish desired tasks or competition to engage players. Types of rewards include points, achievement badges or levels, the filling of a progress bar, or providing the user with virtual currency. Making the rewards for accomplishing tasks visible to other players or providing leader boards are ways of encouraging players to compete, often through collaboration and win/win scenarios.

Another approach to gamification is to make existing tasks feel more like games. Some techniques used in this approach include adding meaningful choice, onboarding with a tutorial, increasing challenges, and adding narrative.

As you may know, if you follow my work that it is my strong belief that those who do not integrate game-based thinking into their lives are likely to struggle unnecessarily.

Gamification can be been applied to almost every aspect of life. For those interested in fulfilling their potential would be wise to explore these concepts in greater depth.

Here is an article about gamification and the gig economy




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If you have an interest in having a basic understanding of Applied Game Theory (and you need to) here is an interview I did with James Selman, a pioneer and innovator in Leadership research.


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Lewis Harrison is the director of the professional Coaching Training Program at the International Association of Healing Professionals


He is  founder of the RealUGuru Project Think Tank is a life coach, peak performance expert, writer, mentor, content-rich, motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur specializing in problem solving and strategizing  based on game thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking.

He is the author of over twenty-two books published in five languages.


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Winning The Game Of Life: A Primer On Lewis Harrison’s Applied Game Theory


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