"Freelance" is just another name for mSB (micro Small Business) Every global "organization" is really just a network of mBSs with standardized rules connected by power and incentives. Once asymmetric information is taken out of the mix, why exactly does anyone need a "global organization" anyway. And for globals, once health care is fixed enough in the States, those mBS are going to go on their own. It will be a great opportunity to get the SG&A down to previously unimagined levels, without firing anyone.
The future is actually pretty bright, at least through my rose colored glasses.
Dr Joe Webb said this morning:
"Nothing like rotten employment to brighten one's day. But... if your business is doing well or looking to explore new markets and applications, you can find employees that you might not have been able to before. Most of those unemployed designers hit the streets as freelancers. You don't have to take the risk of employment, either. Now is a great time to start working with freelance workers and use that time to audition their talents and ability to work with your organization. Don't waste the chance."