Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Reorganizing the workplace

By Amanda DiVito Wilson
Briarpatch Magazine
November/December 2010

In a society where we must work to live, work is at the very core of our existence. Without work, we are deemed meaningless – non-citizens, outcasts. In the face of such dogmatic, almost religious, devotion, putting forward an alternative perspective on how to organize production and exchange seems almost heretical. It is no small task, but it is a necessary one. It requires imagination and courage to see beyond our current reality and reconsider how we measure success and happiness. Instead of constantly reacting to how awful work has become, perhaps we should refocus our attention on how work could be.

We don’t have to wait for a revolution. We can start to reinvent relationships of production and exchange in ways that are meaningful, empowering and equitable right now. Below are a few suggestions and examples of how we could radically change work, and in so doing, transform our lives. While not perfect, and certainly not yet in widespread use, these proposals offer a glimpse of what life might be like beyond the drudgery of a nine-to-five job that may pay your bills, but does nothing to feed your soul.

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