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  • Doug Belshaw 5:34 pm on July 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Money as exchange of energy 

    At our co-op meetup this week, Grainne Hamilton commented in passing that she sees people paying money for things like the consultancy we provide as an ‘exchange in energy’.

    If I understood her correctly, Grainne’s point is that people who read a couple of books and all of sudden become an ‘expert’ on a topic aren’t worth as much as people with deep experience in the field.

    I’m just laying this down as a marker (and as a URL I can reference in future) because I think it’s an interesting idea. I’ve previously thought of money as a ‘lubricant’, but I like this metaphor better, I think.

  • Doug Belshaw 12:16 pm on July 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    In praise of amateurism 

    From the introduction to Andy Merrifield’s The Amateur: The Pleasures of Doing What You Love comes this great paragraph:

    Whenever I hear professional business types utter their marketing and management mantras, or professional academics talk about research assessment and finance, about grant money and committees, I feel the same sense of outsiderhood and stupefaction that Dostoevsky’s Underground Man feels in attending a reunion of his old school friends. Unlike him, they’re all ‘successes’, professionals who’ve amassed the rewards of status and commercial victories. But the Underground Man ‘hates the harshly self-confident sound of their voices’, and is struck by ‘the pettiness of their thoughts, the stupidity of their pursuits, their games, their conversations’.

    I couldnt agree more.

    • john 12:06 pm on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Yes. I’ve often referred to liking ‘continuous amateur development’ as opposed to cpd.

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