from Esko Kilpi
@RiaBaeck (via Esko rt)
Quite impressive read about future of work. “New Economic Spaces” by @EskoKilpi medium.com/@EskoKilpi/new…
Work is always solving other people’s problems and what defines those problems is that to
understand them and to solve them, a person has to think not only about what she believes the right answer is, but
also about what other people have seen and learned. What they think the right answers could be. Work, then, is
exploration both what comes to defining the problems and finding the solutions. The network is the key resource.
Every valuable piece of learning can be put to use by someone else, or somewhere else. At best, then, work is
remixing and recombining successful elements to create new versions.
work as solving other people’s problems..
with that definition of work..
work is always solving
other people’s problems
we get 7 billion people waking up every morning ..checking to
see what they should respond to
what if we were never meant to solve other people’s
problems.. because we can’t know them well enough (thinking schooling
the world, ngo/charity ness, interpretation, et al)
and what if assuming we were meant to solve other people’s problems .. is
why we ended up needing extrinsic (and thus toxic) motivations in order to ..
get the work done
It is easy to see bureaucratic procedures as an extension of this phenomenon. One might say they are not
so much themselves forms of stupidity and ignorance as modes of organizing situations already marked by
stupidity and ignorance owing the existence of structural violence. True, bureaucratic procedure operates as if it
were a form of stupidity, in that it invariably means ignoring all the subtleties of
real human existence and reducing everything to simple
pre-established mechanical or statistical formulae.
via David Graeber‘s revolution in reverse (will be in red):
work as calculable/measurable/outsourcable..
thinking of that rate of work equation ..
not that it didn't work formulaely
it just never resonated humanely
image link: begs math rescue indeed
even makes me question the
wisdom (for our planet) of
interpretive labor ..
work as interpreting other people
Let me start with the household. A constant staple of 1950s situation comedies, in America, were jokes about the
impossibility of understanding women. The jokes of course were always told by men. Women’s logic was always being
treated as alien and incomprehensible. One never had the impression, on the other hand, that women had much trouble
understanding the men. That’s because the women had no choice but to understand men:
this was the heyday of the American patriarchal family, and women with no access to their own income or resources had
little choice but to spend a fair amount of time and energy understanding what the
relevant men thought was going on. Actually, this sort of rhetoric about the mysteries of womankind is a
perennial feature of patriarchal families: structures that can, indeed, be considered forms of structural violence insofar as the
power of men over women within them is, as generations of feminists have pointed out, ultimately backed up, if often in
indirect and hidden ways, by all sorts of coercive force.
But generations of female novelists — Virginia Woolf comes immediately to mind — have also documented the other
side of this:
the constant work women perform in managing,
maintaining, and adjusting the egos of apparently
oblivious men — involving an endless work of
imaginative identification and what I’ve called
interpretive labor ness
No doubt all this makes it easier to see the two as fundamentally different sorts of activity, making it hard for us to
for example, or most of what we usually think of as women’s work, as labor at all. To my mind it would probably
be better to recognize it
as the primary form of labor.
Insofar as a clear distinction can be made here, it’s
the care, energy, and labor directed at human beings that
should be considered fundamental.
The things we care most about — our loves, passions, rivalries, obsessions — are always other people; and in most
societies that are not capitalist, it’s taken for granted that the manufacture of material goods is a subordinate moment in a
larger process of
In fact, I would argue that one of the most alienating aspects of capitalism is the fact that it forces us to pretend that it
is the other way around, and that societies exist primarily to increase their output of things.
In the twentieth century, death terrifies men less than the absence of real life. All these dead,
mechanized, specialized actions, stealing a little bit of life a thousand times a day until the mind and body are
exhausted, until that death which is not the end of life but the final saturation with absence.
— Raoul Vaneigem, The Revolution of Everyday Life
rev of everyday life
it (interpretive labor) may seem kind/unselfish/necessary.. but if it’s ..
1 enabling toxicity/toxic-people/ongoing-victimisation
2 perpetuating energy sink for all of us
perhaps it’s ..
1 not the ‘care, energy, and labor directed at human beings that
should be considered fundamental’
2 not ‘fashioning people’ for good/freedom.. perhaps
even..freedom begs we facilitate curiosities rather than fashion
not desiring to verbiage quibble here.. just wanting to make sure we let go.. enough
ie: we keep missing equity - maybe t h i s i s w h y
Sontag, 50 years ago, on the trouble with treating art and cultural material as "content"—terrifyingly timely
Susan Sontag against interpretation
this part in particular:
Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art.
Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect upon the
world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world
— in order to set up a shadow world of “meanings.” It is
to turn the world into this world. (“This world”! As if
there were any other.)
work as solving other people’s problems..
gets us back to..
perhaps what we’re seeking is art/play/being/becoming.. as the day
so that rather than ‘solving other people’s problems’ and/or jumping thru hoops to get
recognized..resources.. funding.. whatever..
we spend our day listening ..to our hearts
ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not partial.. for (blank)’s sake…].. a nother way
imagine.. 7 bn people waking up everyday.. to listen for/to their own curiosities..
imagine.. a mech deep/simple/open enough to facil those 7 bn curiosities..
if you listen closely.. you can see ..
we spend our days trying to
rally people around our campfire (whatever that may be)..
voting each other up..
calling our senator..
making tools to inspect inspectors..
James Suzman reckons, after years of studying the Bushmen, that
a world in which people work and worry less
It was only in looking at the Bushmen that I saw how our attitudes toward work are this kind of elementary particle to our
society. Where does this come from? It obviously didn’t come from our lives as hunters and gatherers, who were content to
work as little as possible.
There wasn’t this obsession with being busy
with full employment, with having enough for everyone to do all the time. It became clearer and clearer that this was a
product of the agricultural revolution and what it forced on us, placing this premium on labor. And so many modern institutions
and behaviors seem contingent on this. At the same time, a lot of these institutions are seemingly at odds with the way we’re
able to live now.
The agricultural revolution was sort of an accidental one, and once we
developed it we became hostage to it.
The population became hostage to its own growth, and this has shaped a huge amount of the economic and intellectual
architecture of our modern culture. We’re still obsessed with growing, even when there’s not much room left to grow in.
- James Suzman
perhaps we un-hostage ourselves from busyness
To his surprise, Lee established that the Ju/’hoansi
not only managed to feed themselves better than many in the
industrialized world, but that they did so on the basis of only around two hours foraging a day,
and cheerfully spent the rest of their time on more leisurely
pursuits such as napping, playing games, and making art.
..what enabled them confidence to do this?
..faith in their environments and faith in their own abilities
- James Suzman
Affluence without Abundance
and trust us
listen deep er
what matters most – is/as the day. [not after hours or after school]
aka: not partial.. for (blank)’s sake…
[having to do with no-strings/agenda-attached… intrinsic/perpetual-beta ness.
following your whimsy isn’t an after hours activity or 20% of the day.. it is the day.]
[a play on Clay Shirky‘s cognitive surplus]
let’s on that dance
fittingness: how well your actions match your gifts match who you are