"Deadlihoods", Livelihoods and Work as Worship

"We have this sick model, right, that's operating. Your spiritual life, your purpose is separate from your work, and the world. And so you go to Sundays, you go for your spiritual life, and the rest of the time you're like, doing something else. So how do we actually see work as worship again, the sacredness of all the work that we're doing in the world, I think that's one of the invitations of a 'livelihood'.

[And I have some questions for this]: so, does the work I do give me a sense of joy and purpose? Does the work I do help to generate real wealth—so real wealth being, our social bonds, natural ecosystems, our local knowledge systems, our health, our time with children and relationships with children, for example? All of these things are unmeasured by the current economic models that we have. So how do we bring different forms of wealth into our conversation? And seeing, am I part of a model which is depleting or commodifying those forms of wealth?"


Nathalie Nahai

Nathalie Nahai is an author, keynote speaker and host of The Hive Podcast, a series that enquires into our relationship with one another, with technology and with the living world. With a diverse background in human behaviour, persuasive tech and the arts, Nathalie brings a unique vantage point from which to examine the complex challenges we face today.

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Manish Jain

One of the leading planetary voices for deschooling our lives, co-founder of the Swaraj University, the Jail University, Complexity University and more.

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