I think the people who help us define the post-COVID "new normal" are not those with influence prior. We need the folks who're happy with less to call the shots. Equating influence & "success" & credibility with wealth is what got us into all these messes to start with. I suspect wealth is inversely correlated with happiness, satisfaction, and kindness. We want to be sustainably prosperous, not wealthy.
@lightweight omg yes.
I may have rose tinted prospective of being a child at the time, but looking 30 years ago it seems like many businesses were run because it was needed to employ people; the owners were in a position to have a business and needed a job anyway, and employing people was a nice bonus for society. Staff often took home more than the owner on a weekly basis. Of course there’s other perks for the owner, but still. And this was fine, because that way they all had jobs.
@swansinflight yup. I ran a business for 14 years on that sort of basis. :) - I was in it to be sustainable, not to profit.
@swansinflight @LovesTha yup. I tend to have a strong affinity for services businesses which invest in human talent/ability. Over time, they sometimes get to know their markets well enough to identify real needs for products, too, and often do a good job of doing that, too. I'm a fan of boot-strapped companies, privately held. Never listed public or VC funded. That way dystopia lies.
@lightweight @LovesTha @swansinflight
I've come to understand that I need to work for something that's useful to society. I used to work for a custom store fixtures manufacturer. Clients were store chains, they would renew all the furniture and decoration every 7 years (even if it was still functional).
I now work for a small manufacturer in the healthcare industry. Our products help make patients' life a little more comfortable, and many of our products are still in use after 25 years.
@swansinflight @LovesTha @normandc yup. It's very tricky. When I was running Egressive (#FOSS sw dev/outsourced IT shop) I was having to find work for our team to keep them paid... and we did work for a few companies that, deep down, I didn't really want to see succeed, because they weren't doing anything admirable for the world. Gave me an interesting perspective. I was fortunate to be able to reflect & have an opportunity to do something I think's unambiguiously good for the world.
@swansinflight (and thanks for the positive feedback :) )
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