I want…

…to have a workspace

…that I go into when need be

…have the opportunity to work, meet and learn

…for it to be big enough to have several things going on at one time

…to have a creche

…a mixture of a work and education place

…a place where my boys can hang out too (instead of sending them to school)

…there could be classes/activities going on at all times where people/kids could dip in and out as they wish

…there would be space for messy, tidy, food, health, fitness stuff.

…there would be balance

…some things would be free, others would not

…people would do things for each other because they can

…people would learn from each other

…people would work together and build organisations

…it would be easy to dip in and out of so many things, experience and experiment

…people would have fun, good conversation and lasting friendship

…and much more!

It almost sounds impossible or unreal, but isn’t most of the above how life use to be?

8 comments on “I want…

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    If memory serves, this is exactly how the last chapter of peopleware (1st edition?) ends. The authors discuss a worksplace that also has a day-care enter and elementary school on-site. At 2:00PM every day, the school has a parade through the entire workplace.

    It may not give them a higher rating on the CMM or a Advanced Test Manager certificate, but whatever person had the idea for the school, and the executives and managers that supported it through all the stupid legal and contract issues – those people positively and materially impacted the workplace. (Decreased turnover, better able to attract and retain talent, internal motivation, company loyalty …)

    And, thirty years later, at retirement time, when they look back at their accomplishments, I can guess what some of them were most proud of.

    You want to do that too? I salute you! (We homeschool and I work from home, but it’s not the same. You’re talking about building community. I am impressed.)

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    If memory serves, this is exactly how the last chapter of peopleware (1st edition?) ends. The authors discuss a worksplace that also has a day-care enter and elementary school on-site. At 2:00PM every day, the school has a parade through the entire workplace.

    It may not give them a higher rating on the CMM or a Advanced Test Manager certificate, but whatever person had the idea for the school, and the executives and managers that supported it through all the stupid legal and contract issues – those people positively and materially impacted the workplace. (Decreased turnover, better able to attract and retain talent, internal motivation, company loyalty …)

    And, thirty years later, at retirement time, when they look back at their accomplishments, I can guess what some of them were most proud of.

    You want to do that too? I salute you! (We homeschool and I work from home, but it’s not the same. You’re talking about building community. I am impressed.)

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    As to your last statement about how life used to be -have you ever read anything by John Taylor Gatto? I’d recommend “Weapons of Mass Instruction.”

    Yes, it was how life used to be. And it still can be.

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    As to your last statement about how life used to be -have you ever read anything by John Taylor Gatto? I’d recommend “Weapons of Mass Instruction.”

    Yes, it was how life used to be. And it still can be.

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    Some it sounds lovely, but some of it sounds like a nightmare. Trying to work with the kids nearby? Would we have sound-proof screens? Perhaps it’s because this is a new idea to me, but it doesn’t sound immediately attractive. I think the Werks is many of the things you want, just without the kids.

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    Some it sounds lovely, but some of it sounds like a nightmare. Trying to work with the kids nearby? Would we have sound-proof screens? Perhaps it’s because this is a new idea to me, but it doesn’t sound immediately attractive. I think the Werks is many of the things you want, just without the kids.

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    @Leif having kids in the nearby doesn’t mean they’ll be screaming down the house/building.

    Schools are an environment that do not reflect the real world. Kids/people would be much more educated if they experienced real world environments.

    @Matthew I’m interested in finding out more about the work/education place you mentioned. How do I find out more?

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    @Leif having kids in the nearby doesn’t mean they’ll be screaming down the house/building.

    Schools are an environment that do not reflect the real world. Kids/people would be much more educated if they experienced real world environments.

    @Matthew I’m interested in finding out more about the work/education place you mentioned. How do I find out more?

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