A while back I was supposed to participate in an event hosted by Vinay in London. After careful consideration I decided at the last minute I was not going to go even though I was really looking forward to it. A few days later I had the following exchange on Twitter…
It reminded me of the ongoing conversation we have been having about work, meaning and innovation. In this post, Dougald looks at the search for meaning in our participation in the social and economic lives of our societies. Irrespective of how we make a living, it comes down to how satisfied we are with the answers we give ourselves to all three questions below. When answers become obsolete, human beings can break, no matter if they’re working middle-aged men with relative financial security or young graduates with no security at all.
- Economic/Practical: How do I pay the rent?
- Social/Psychological: Who am I in the eyes of others?
- Directional: What do I get out of bed for in the morning? And where do I see myself in the future?
We know that ways to go about and meet those needs are not the same for our generations as they were for our parents. There is no clear “workforce to enter”, so many have a hard time fullfilling even the first of the three needs above. Even with a conventional job, the financial rewards and social recognition are misallocated, in that most often people doing the hardest or more valuable work to society are those at the bottom of the ladder. What’s needed, according to Christopher, is to radically rethink the chain: “you need an education, in order to get a job, and then be able to feed yourself, house yourself, and have value in the eyes of others”.
And so was born the idea for a track at LOTE dedicated to exploring concrete ways in which we, together can contribute to ensure the resilience of change makers themselves beyond chronic coping.
Interested in the topic? Know of good people, places or projects that we should draw into this conversation? Want to help?
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Its free of charge and dedicated to bootstrapping social, economic and political infrastructure to support meaningful work and the people who do it. Peer to peer.
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