This is an attractive ideal and it has arisen a number of times throughout the course. I have loved hearing stories of guest speakers who are out there doing it. For example, Martin spoke of the work he has done to ensure that banks do not penalise customers for being poor.
Still, I find myself examining my closet Marxism and it’s hard for me really believe that it is possible.
When Frances later said that Michelle had nevertheless found herself doing a lot of birthday parties etc to make ends meet, I thought, yep, that’s the state of it
I wonder if that is because I find some sort of (unhealthy) comfort in victimhood? It’s easier to find all the reasons why things have not worked than it is to find new ways of working! The challenge is to remain rooted
As for my own work, well, I actually work for a not-for-profit organisation. We are given government funding to do good things with learners. We do not profit in terms of exploiting the labour of staff or customers. However, the corporate culture contains a strong sense of entitlement to perks and we are “overpaid” in relation to just about everyone I know who works in the education sector. So I remain ambivalent and unreconstructed on this one, but I am open and keen on learning more ways in which profit and purpose can co-exist.