I am not the sentimental sort. I tend to look forward, learning in the moment, not often wistful or rearview gazing. But holy crap what a year. So many people that I love and admire were faced with challenges of sudden losses or new realities to contend with. Our new normal is to crowdsource our health, grief, and losses. As a business, I have no idea how to separate the personal from the professional--often at my own detriment.
When I turned 40 I celebrated my birthday at The Library Hotel. They boast a collection of over 6000 books organized according to the Dewey Decimal System. Each of the floors of guest rooms are arranged by 10 different themes--social sciences, literature, languages, history, math & science, general knowledge, technology, philosophy, the arts, and religion. Reading and writing nooks abound and if you find the right window you can glimpse the NYC library. The regal lions that adorn the entrance, Patience and Fortitude were renamed in the 1930s by Mayor LaGuardia for inspiration during the Great Depression.
During a recent visit, I walked through the magnificent NYC library. To this day I listen to the New York Public Library Podcast. You should to--If you look for inspiration and ideas to fuel your daily life. By serendipity, I happened to listen to Muhammad Yunus, a winner of the Nobel peace prize. He describes social business--an alternative to profit driven capitalism. Perhaps a way to create peace between the personal and professional.
I see much to be learned as a social entrepreneur. I left full-time employment for many reasons. But the reason for leaving that I re-visit regularly is the social side. I keep this quote close, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it"--Upton Sinclair. Recent books, Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism by Muhammad Yunus dovetailed nicely into Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist. The common thread is the need to look beyond profit and growth as a goal.
I envision the data arm of data & donuts, datamonger.health as a blend of social enterprise and social business. By design it will be profit-generating but also geared toward social impact. Learn-Make-Do are three categories of folders I rely on. Think about it. Most of what bleeds into your inbox should fit into these buckets or just be deleted.
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“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”