This week Aeon Magazine had a piece focused on my favorite topic: the world after work. Helping businesses and individuals who are struggling to cope with the change to the world beyond work is the focus of my ongoing studies, in fact, and something I incorporate into change management strategy when helping clients. I realized while reading how little I talk about this passion, so expect more from me on this.
Meanwhile, I encourage everyone to read this article by James Livingston, a professor at Rutgers. It is a great thought exercise in the ways work holds us back, and the need to find other ways to define our value and occupy our time.
“When work disappears, the genders produced by the labour market are blurred. When socially necessary labour declines, what we once called women’s work — education, healthcare, service — becomes our basic industry, not a ‘tertiary’ dimension of the measurable economy. The labour of love, caring for one another and learning how to be our brother’s keeper — socially beneficial labour — becomes not merely possible but eminently necessary, and not just within families, where affection is routinely available. No, I mean out there, in the wide, wide world.”
Speaking personally for a moment on what I believe is a related topic, I think this tense election season was a very real result of refusing to deal with this question in a realistic, non-emotional way. It’s hard to hear politicians around the world clinging to nationalistic ideas as some pacifier for the disenfranchised, underemployed, poverty stricken public when technology has already made it impossible to “bring back the jobs.”
Thank you all so, so much for coming to join us at PodCamp NH 2011! It was a wonderful day made all the more fabulous because you were there. We had 73 people sign up, and all but 15 showed – plus 3 extras who signed up at the door. It was the perfect turn out, making each class small enough to really dig in and meet your classmates and learn while creating an event that was full of amazing people to connect with.
I’d like to thank Erika Murphy and Jaime Sax of The Common Man in Ashland for handling our large group of 30 (plus two other groups that showed up at the same time, which meant the staff handled serving roughly 100 people who all came at once!) with grace and cheer. Thank you for the unexpected yet appreciated appetizers and for hosting us. The meatballs and the mac and cheese pizza were a hit.
I’d also like to thank Leia Brigham and the New Hampton School. The campus is lovely and inviting and makes PodCamp NH that much better just by inspiring us to learn. The WiFi held up under the strain, and the food got rave reviews. Having healthy, plentiful options for snacks and lunch for every person there, vegan and vegetarian included, was welcoming and kept us fueled up for the day.
I’ll be pulling links to your content here as I find it, in no particular order. Overall the tweets about PodCamp NH were fun and engaged with everyone learning and having a good time. We even played a (short) game of Quidditch and had a rousing Battledecks session. We had attendees from as far as Canada (Brian Rotsztein), Rhode Island (Bruce Garber) and Massachusetts (Tom and Reiko Beach, Chris Penn, Michelle Wolverton, Amanda Narcisi) as well as far flung parts of NH (Kevin Micalizzi and many, many more, some but not of whom show on this list). I left the day feeling energized, and I hope you all did also.
I’d love it if you chimed in on the comments here to remind people how to reach you, what you do, what you’re interested in and where to find you so we can help keep your connections going long past PodCamp NH.
Do you have photos of PodCamp NH? We have a Flickr Pool for PodCamp NH that you can add your photos to. Need an invite to add your pics, just ask!
Bruce K Garber made a “PodCamp NH in 137 seconds” video for us on his site at BruceKGarber.com
Diane and Steve Brogan did a nice PCNH recap over on MomPopPow
Special thanks go to Magnitude Media for being the main sponsor this year, and to Awareness Inc for kicking in as well. We also had raffle giveaways sponsored by Diane Vautier (who made gorgeous bags and other items from last year’s shirts – amazing), head sets and speakers from Jabra US, two cards from Eye-Fi, gift certificates from the Tanger Outlets in Tilton, and salsa and chips out from local NH company Mitchell’s Fresh Salsa (if you missed the salsa and chips, you can friend them on Facebook to find out where to try it out). Also, many thanks to the team who helps pull this off each year.
Some of the Twitter Buzz about PodCamp NH: