There are, I suggest, only two good reasons for doing anything.
The first is that it is something that enough people need or want doing, such that a group of equals would self-organise to share the work and get it done.
The second is that it is some goal, product, aim, service or hobby that you, perhaps with others, want to spend your time creating or doing, rather than being at leisure.
The extent that our work is not like this, it is either the result of exploitation, or it exploits, or it is habitual and pointless – a waste of our time, energy, effort and lives.
I want our working lives to have these characteristics. I believe that exploring how we can get them closer to having these characteristics – to the extent that we can start reshaping our effort and creativity toward what is actually worth doing, sustaining, bringing into being – will force us to face up to big questions of power, inequality, rationality, ethics.
I’m embarking on perhaps a very long project to expand, understand and map out these issues, find, get involved with and start good organisations, and generally work with others to help move us in this direction.
Interested? Please get in touch. I want at least reading suggestions and people to talk to over coffee, and even better, but more tentatively, people to work with in investigating/discussing/writing/planning/conspiring on this subject area.