Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Gems from the Experience Designer

I need to save a couple of these gems from the Brian Alger. He's done some intense thinking about our relationship to work and learning...and he can articulate these ideas better than I seem to be able to. The first is his review of a book that sounds fascinating: Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity. His take on the book:
"David Whyte asks us to think about our work as a "lifelong pilgimage." What is important here is that Whyte has first asked us to expand our sense of time and to consider work as a journey through life that involves unknowns. Work is as much about the journey of the soul through the world as it is developing a career and making money."
He also references a previous post of his that digs deep into questions of identity, purpose and work:
"People are demanding more not just from the work that they choose (or are required) to do but from life itself. This is not rampant selfishness or greed as far as I can tell, but it is a search for a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in life. It is a search for identity and a quest to create a greater sense of unity between the work we do and the kind of life we wish to lead. It places us squarely in the face of the requirement to make money and earn an income in a way that helps us to build our life and the lives of others."

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