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My work is my life is my play is my work...

When I decided in 1996 to leave what had been a marvellous job as a Director of the International Petroleum Exchange it is clear to me now that I was determined never to work FOR anyone ever again.

I like to work WITH people not FOR people. ie the distinction between "Work" and alienating "Labour" where Marx, in his early writings, made such a profound observation in advocating the "Abolition of Labour".

But it is only in the intervening years that I have discovered how difficult this "will to freedom" is to achieve.

In the course of my "journey" in these years I have become entirely focused upon the ways in which individuals interact with each other economically and legally, since it seemed to me that it is in this field that our problems lie as a Society.

And my epiphany came in the realisation - the corollary of Joni Mitchell's refrain that "you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone" (ie you don't know what you haven't got 'til you see it) - that new partnership-based legal forms such as the UK LLP and the US LLC actually permit us to achieve this freedom to work WITH each other in new and satisfying ways..

Now for me the problem of these years - and the pain, suffering and emotional and spiritual turbulence of complete financial and relationship breakdowns I experienced - was that while the "work" I am doing is hugely satisfying in terms of its integration of work/life/ play it simply did (and barely does) not meet my existential needs and the needs of those dear to me.

I distinguish between three levels of "work":

(a) "Commercial" - where I will attempt to maximise the value in exchange I receive;

(b) "Social" - where I wish to cover my costs, and live reasonably comfortably;

(c) "Charitable" - where the exchange/ return is not tangible but spiritual and emotional.

Since it is the case that I am merely observing and analysing an emergent phenomenon - which like all such is emerging because it is "superior", with the result that those who do not use it are at a disadvantage to those who do - then I believe that my future prospects as an "expert" in the field are reasonably good.

But in the meantime, the greatest problem is that I do not have the resources necessary to adequately develop and communicate what I believe to be the single most important advance in human development of the last 200 years.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sun Apr 22nd, 2007 at 08:28:12 AM EST

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