Posted on January 3, 2020
I have begun a project interviewing Loiners on the subject of work and employment which I will be publishing as a new podcast series in 2020. I am looking for further volunteers to take part in the show going forward and I am also extremely interested to hear from Leeds businesses looking for marketing opportunities. If you are or you own a Leeds business and you need new marketing space email your proposals to email@example.com using the subject Podcast Marketing.
If you want to be on the podcast or you would like to but you need some further information then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject Working Hours. The podcast will only identify your first initial and your occupation (unless otherwise requested) and your interview will not be published without your written consent to its release. The interviews themselves are an informal recorded chat and they generally last around 1hr to 90 minutes.
Posted on October 22, 2018
What is work? How do you, personally, define it? I mean, how do you actually see it in your mind? What thoughts and feelings are associated with it for you? Is it something that is a critical part of your life; a duty, a calling, a battleground, a grind or more of a background function that supports what you see as your “real” life? Are you working to live or living to work? Are you engaged with your organisation? Are you resistant to The Man? Are you empowered by your working role? Are you coerced to be less than you could be by an uncaring system?
I don’t know what work is. I know what a job is and I can’t really say that I’m a fan of that particular socio-economic arrangement, well at least as it currently exists. I have done a lot of jobs in my working life. Obviously some of my many roles have been better than others and some of those better roles have also managed to increase their nostalgic capital over time (i.e. they’re remembered more fondly now that I don’t have to do them anymore and after having done far worse roles since); other roles have virtually disappeared from my memory. But hang on, if I don’t know what work is why would I want to write about it? Well, for me it’s a meditation. Work is a wider subject than just jobs.
I want to try to begin an open conversation here. I want to manifest a space for debate and open civil and professional contributions, for experimental collaboration and healthy competition, to document contemporary ideas and attitudes and to create new knowledge and possibilities. I want to discuss the idea of work from every (and any) angle. I don’t want an authoritative definition of what work is. What I want is to make you to think about work differently.