Thursday, September 22, 2011

Re-Imagining Work

Hat/tip to ElleBeMe on Clusterfuck Nation for posting the following link.

October 28-30, 2011

The old economy is failing. A new economy is sprouting like shoots after a forest fire. This transition to new ways of understanding and organizing work is as significant as the shift from hunting and gathering to agriculture 11,000 years ago and from agriculture to industry a few hundred years ago.

From Detroit, Michigan, where industrial jobs are gone forever, to points across the globe, there are exciting and moving stories of invention and reinvention.

In October 2011 in Detroit, a groundbreaking conference will gather thinkers and doers from the worlds of activism, community organizing, labor, crafts, media, entrepreneurship, the arts, academe, and ‘green’—in a 3-day collaborative discussion. You will come away inspired by people with whom you can collaborate in this profound economic and spiritual transformation.
When I say and repeat multiple times...
Welcome to Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future. Great things are going to happen here, and they're going to happen here first. Whatever Detroit devises as the solutions for North America's problems will be exported to the rest of the continent. It's an exciting time to live here, and I wouldn't miss it for the world.
...this is exactly the kind of thing I mean by it.


  1. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Narb is skeptical that 21st Century economic reforms are on par with the Neolithic Revolution.

    After all, did you have to hunt for your lunch today? And by "hunt", Narb does not mean did you have to check the rear of the fridge for week-old leftovers.

    Narb gives more credit to the Mesopotamians than to contemporary innovators.

    Narb loves Mesopotamians.

    1. Now, this is a comment I completely missed eight years ago. I would have remembered watching the video, which was not B-52s singing "Mesopotamia" as I expected before I clicked on the link, if I had read this comment at all. Better that it was They Might Be Giants.