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Making and Work

I describe myself as a Maker, for me the term is a indicator of where my inspiration and satisfaction are found. This has generally been realised in the workshop making objects with wood and more recently clay. Its harder to find in the work I do as a Solution and Enterprise architect. Aspects are definitely present, as myself or my team are generally involved with a larger to team to create and implement a new software capability. However as I have moved more into management it has been becoming a more distant aspect of daily work life.

I think this is part of why I am attracted to the web design world and the app builders. I started my career as a programmer and still regard this as a core skill however it doesn't feature in my professional life a great deal.

New influences
1. Treehouse
2. Offscreen magazine
3. Execute

Matt Gemmell wrote about Makers and Takers in a typically strong fashion a couple of years ago. Its really good piece (his blog is always a stimulating read).

People who make things, or Makers, contribute something to the universe. Makers are people like writers, musicians, artists, architects, software engineers, carpenters, and the chap at the coffee shop who makes your morning latte. He has a skill, and he applies it to create something that makes your day a little bit better.

There’s another type of person - I call these people Takers. Takers participate in the economy as money-handlers, exchanging currency on the back of others’ creations. They lend, and sell, and negotiate and manage. You can argue that these things are in themselves skills, and that’s true - but none are anything I’d aspire to
I use the services of Takers to the extent that it’s necessary, and accept the tacit crassness and unseemliness of the interaction as a cultural cost. I don’t think that it always has to, or will, be like this, but I accept it for now.
Choose someone you admire or otherwise care about. Given knowledge of your motives, would they be genuinely proud of you in your work? That’s the test. What are you creating?

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  • About
    William is in his mid-fifties and he, along with many others, finds that hard to believe. He lives in Sydney's Northern Beaches with his wife.

    He enjoys making things and is passionate about craft. He's lately been drawn to musical instrument making and has a few guitars under his belt.

    A life long interest been the pursuit of a simpler lifestyles, being influenced by the back to land movement of the 1970's. This has manifested at various times through yoga, natural health, running and establishing self reliance in food, shelter and energy. He attended one of Bill Mollisons early workshops on Permaculture and has remained fascinated by this movement.

    A computer hobbyist at school he has worked in IT since the 1980's, starting out as a programmer on mainframes. During the 1990's he started working as a Solution Architect and has worked in IT Architecture since then. Much of his career has been spent designing large scale solutions for corporate clients in the Telecommunications and Finance industries.
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