Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Like you, I've been working from home (or away from the fray) for nearly 20 years, and I'm part of a network of small companies and freelancers that assemble for media projects. I'm tempted to say I'm part of a creative ecosystem that is enabled by communication technologies.

I even have several regular clients I've never met F2F, though there are always 'connectors' involved i.e. trusted colleagues who recommend my work (and vice versa). These faceless clients tend to be outside Helsinki - as far away as Lapland.

The advantages to the entrepreneur are obvious: no expensive office space, little travel time and travel expenses (I DO meet clients), flexible work hours, better life quality, etc. There needs to be a greater investment in communication tech, but these days it's fairly cheap.

For clients, their 'advantage' is that they need to construct better briefs! And that means no more meetings without agendas and decisions. "We need to have another meeting to find out why we are not getting through our workload".

For society it means (or should) fewer cars on the roads, rural repopulation, profitable public transport, less pollution, support for local shops and services - and peace of mind.

The problem, of course, is that not all work is as interesting and challenging as the work you and I do. I'd do it for free - and I often do it for free for non-profit projects or to help younger colleagues get started. In corporate panoptikonia, the slave-driving hierarchy can only control workers in unsatisfying jobs by putting them in cells, and only allowing them out at night. There has to be a better way.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Jun 1st, 2011 at 03:51:22 AM EST
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