I wrote a wee post about this over at Martin Gibbons Headhunters Workshop but I wanted to say something else about it here.
You may be wondering why I am doing a workshop, when I am a champion of remote, online working. I believe the world will be a better place if we all spent more time at home and less time commuting. After all this is how it used to be.
In human history it’s a relatively recent thing to split up families all day. For the largest period of our history we worked and lived close to our families, often side by side with them each day. with the exception of war, it was only the industrial revolution that created what we now consider normal; where husbands and wives and children are all split up, going their separate ways each day, only coming together late in the evening.
I spend most days with my wife and son. A least we all float about the same house. And in this day and age, this is very unusual. However I think this is something that should be encouraged. It is how we existed for thousands of years. Up until someone decided it was more profitable to do otherwise. So we sent the men off to work 12 hours a day in a factory. We sent the kids of to school and we then sent the wives out to work too. Call me crazy but do you think this may have something to do with the general breakdown of our society?
But I digress.
The reason I am doing a workshop is because I like to get up close to people from time to time. I like to engage and interact and feel that chemistry thing go on. I admit that I couldn’t do it every day. But every now and again is a buzz.
It also helps me create better online products as thye have been tried and tested in the field with real people first.