By manda | 22.03.11
Jammy, I guess, is a fair description. I work in the coolest place in the UK (that's Cornwall, for those that aren't in the know); with fab people; an extraordinary network; and spin multiple, glorious unpredictable plates whilst galloping down the public bridleway of Changing the World One Thing At a Time.
No complaints, here, then.My past....waste, and recycling, and social enterprise, and community development, and human rights, and working with homeless people, and in adult literacy, and the third sector (the not for profit sector, with social and environmental purpose, if you like...that's a good way of explaining it.
"Trading for people and planet", as the Social Enterprise Award people say on the plaque on our wall. ) Loads of amazing initiatives, with amazing people, and realising in that being hit round the face with a wet mackerel sort of way that everything is connected to everything else (the posh version of that, I have learnt, is "complex system theory"...which is exactly what it says on the tin); and the other Big Thing I Have Become Increasingly Convinced Of Over The Years is that we are now at the End of Big.
Big just doesn't work; but lots and lots of Small, all joined up, does. Which, actually, is all part of the complex systems thing. How things - including us, and anything we make - sit in a system, hooked up to other stuff. For good, and for worse. And that makes everything really, really interesting. Because you're never just looking at one thing in isolation. Sort of makes your head fizz, but in a good way.
My job now...? Well, unsurprisingly really....it's directing, managing, inventing (ie keeping our heads and eyes wide open for new ways of doing everything better than we do at the moment) and most of all, joining stuff up. When I tried to explain this to someone recently, he said, "oh - you mean like an electrician?" And when I think of all the stuff I've learnt about how everything is connected to everything else; and now all the fizzing, crackling, extraordinary bods my job it is to simply connect up via a network, then I guess he was pretty much on the nail. So, yup. My job? Spark. :)