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Surviving and Thriving in the Gig Economy

#DIFhub19 Future of Work

'Surviving and Thriving in the Gig Economy'


Synopsis: Australia has in excess of 2 Million small businesses (employing less than 19 people) accounting for 97 per cent of all Australian businesses by employee size. 

A large majority of small businesses are not utilising social media effectively and do not realise that by empowering staff with some basic social media principals that staff can become not only digital ambassadors for the business but also can become social media curators.

Empowering staff with a digital skill can lead to staff retention and help you grow your business or if unemployed can give you that point of difference in an interview.

Host: Kelly Hutchinson, Festival Director, Digital Innovation Festival


  • Carolyn Newall, Co-founder, We Teach Well
  • Hugo Robinson, Head of New Buiness, Weploy
  • Bradley Deacon, Consultant, Bradley Deacon 


About Carolyn Newall

Carolyn retired a few years ago after teaching for over two decades in Australia and internationally. Getting bored with retirement very quickly and missing the company of other teachers, she started thinking about how she could continue to be involved in education outside the classroom.

Drawing on her experiences teaching in the Middle East and Asia Carolyn and a teaching colleague decided to launch We Teach Well. The goal of We Teach Well is to make life easier for English teachers.


About Hugo Richardson

Hugo works closely with business leaders to help them solve temp/contract hiring challenges and better utilise the contingent workforce in their organisation.

He’s a product-focused tech enthusiast who believes that technology can help shape a fearless and empowered future of work in which businesses need to adapt to the evolving nature of knowledge workers – those who seek transparency, empowerment, and purpose to feel successful.


About Bradley Deacon

Bradley is a former Federal Agent with the Australian Federal Police and was one of the first members of the AFP Computer Crime Unit in Sydney that secured Australia's first computer hacking prosecution and a subsequent jail sentence.

Bradley has a range of degrees and Graduate Certificates from Australia and the United States in Criminal Justice, Law, Legal Practice, Digital Education and Criminology, and has lectured at police academies in Australia, Malaysia and Fiji.

As an early adopter and lawyer Bradley keeps abreast of emerging trends in cybersecurity and social media and is completing a book for small business owners and the long term unemployed. ‘Grow Your Brand By Being Social’ and consults SME’s on using social media effectively.



The 2019 DIF Hub recorded  sessions over 5 days of the 2019 Digital Innovation Festival from Monday 2 to Friday 6 September at the Victorian Innovation Hub, Goods Shed North, Docklands.

Watch on demand the DIFhub19 event series. 

This session is part of the Future of Work Day recorded on Thu 5 Sep 2019.