Thursday, November 10, 2011

Beyond Jobs

Re-imagining Work in the Motor City is an uplifting article about a conference in post-industrial Detroit, where participants are re-examining the idea of jobs and their relationship to necessary and fulfilling work done by city residents.

Focus on jobs emphasizes work for pay rather than work for personal satisfaction and community contribution. It fosters competition, hierarchy, individualism, and, above all meaningless consumption.

Placing the emphasis on meaningful work fosters self-reliance, self-fulfillment, community involvement, responsibility and mutual aid. The entire community benefits from meaningful work, both in the products from that work and in the sense of community built by sharing the work necessary to support the community.

As we build and support local economies, meaningful work for everyone becomes a product we can all cultivate and harvest.

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