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Esko Kilpi photo. A detail of Cy Twombly @ SFMOMA

The post-industrial, creative and entrepreneurial society is emerging. Entrepreneurs are like artists and artists are like entrepreneurs. They both “turn nothings into somethings”. Artists give a form to ideas that for some other people might be nothing more than vague thoughts or passing emotions. Art is the most efficient way of creating novel associations, enriching connections and new, sometimes radical, openings. Art creates suggestions for fresh ways of defining the world we live in.

For an artist, everything you do feeds into everything you do. In this kind of iterative learning the task is to know what you should keep and develop and what you should let go. …

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Esko Kilpi photo @ SFMOMA

Many people have jobs that are not meaningful to them, jobs that are pursued mostly for money. Because of the common disconnect of the industrial worker from the material product of her effort, it is understandable that the focus of work easily shifts to monetary compensation.

Earnings become a symbol and cause of a successful working life. The workers’ value becomes tied to their value as measured by their financial rewards.

By fixating primarily on an externalized good, meaning the wages, the activity of work itself may be overlooked as a source of meaning. This can lead to mindless work. Post-industrial work requires mindfulness and a different approach. …

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From imposed order to freedom and from routine to creativity

We have been struggling to make sense of the changes in our natural and digital environments. Many people claim that descriptions of the world can be expressed with data, and the future of work is thus algorithmic and data-driven. The belief is that our view of the world can be revised and improved through more data, and more knowledgeable observations of data. According to this view, data enables us to make progress towards an objective view of what the truth is, also regarding the existential level problems we face.

This orientation makes sense to many because we are accustomed to distinguishing between “the world” on one side, and us, “the observers”, on the other. The process of sense making is then effectively one of mirroring the world, about reflecting a given state of affairs. …


Esko Kilpi

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