As economic inequality rises, concentrating wealth and capital, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Kiva and other crowdfunded platforms are aggregating people power, bypassing traditional venture funding mechanisms.
More broadly, co-working spaces and LinkedIn are providing a means for professionals to organize and share information. YouTube and Twitter are eroding the power of established news media to shape the news and manage information.
How will these guilds serve to hold the line on worker power and rights?
Will they become the new shape of labor unions?
Will they manage placements and development?
Will they make sourcing talent easier by organizing labor markets?
In the future, perhaps peer-to-peer people power will counter the power of capital.