In closing, the host feels it necessary to say that he does “real work” too and not all his time can be spent leading on the issue of the meeting – one of the really big challenges of our time.
Doesn’t that strike you as curious?
How come we don’t pay ourselves to work on the really big challenges? How come leading change in society is something we do when we can in our unpaid time?
It seems our economy is organized around paying people to work on the small changes – the incremental, evolutionary stuff, the well-known and the defined.
Big, poorly-understood, ill-defined, revolutionary, leading edge effort seem to be unpaid – not proper “real” work – and perhaps only for the indulgent.
Have we got that backwards, or is it just a timeless constant?