5 Comments

Well said. True to what I have seen since I was a child. I know that I chose service (ministry) over business (selling) because of how my father talked about the arrogant abuse of his boss at the dinner table every night. Without knowing it, it turned me into being not only an outsider in the corporate world but to develop my critical skills of analysis. On an interview yesterday, I made the comment that even watching TV I’m analyzing how the story and the characters are developed. My guest likes to get lost in the story. My road trips are where that detachment comes. Understanding story, character, context, and philosophy serves my engagement with people. The more subtle and intricate, the more interesting. In this sense, I have been operating as an artisan through different iterations of my craft. The challenge of being an insider, even a marginal one, is learning how to stand on your own, taking care of your own needs and the needs of your family, building networks that serve your individual craft, without always having the specter of the company hanging around. Having been at it for a half century, I’d say we need new social business contexts for support of craft /artisan enterprises, like a Farmer’s Market. Wherever there are co-working spaces opening up and functioning to support small businesses, this is possible. The other challenge that adjoins this development is lifestyle. In another conversation, twenty years ago with a corporate president, he told me “I wish I had your freedom.” I responded, “I wish I had your paycheck.” Richard, you are describing the world that has been becoming for two generations at least. Thank you for this perspective. It is very important.

Expand full comment

Labelling and naming is an interesting one Richard. I regularly witness ‘the artisan’ hidden in plain site. For some their name might be solicitor, for another their label could be electrician or teacher or care worker. Artisan is a sensibility, a spirit, as you say a calling. We are out there, getting on with it. Then there is the HOW? Well, I see many ‘portfolio career/jobists.

Expand full comment