I wrote about Seth Godin’s project ‘Stop stealing dreams, what schools are for?‘ in a post before. While it’s pretty easy to write a manifest, it’s a whole lot harder to actually start up a new kind of school. Last week I saw a TEDx talk by Logan LaPlante on a concept called Hackschooling. If you’re interested in what Hackschooling is about, I greatly recommend watching the talk embedded below.

Hacking work

LaPlante calls for more people with a hackers’ mindset. Being a hacker is not about breaking into systems, it’s about looking at patterns and finding ways to use systems’ dynamics to work for you. It’s about finding the path of the least resistance, about keeping the game, but changing the rules. In a previous post I wrote about rethinking the concept of work, and before that I wrote about moving from a resume to a portfolio. This blog is about hacking work. About using an essentially unsustainable system to create sustainable change.

The last years I’ve been studying and testing various ways to hack our system for the good. It’s certainly not an easy story, and there are no one-size-fits-all-solutions, but there are some very important lessons I’ve learned so far:

  • Once you start questioning the way a system works AND take responsibility to actually look for solutions, your job will get more meaning;
  • Practicing a meaningful job will give you energy rather than drain it from you;
  • If you start experimenting with stuff that hasn’t been researched yet, you learn stuff that wasn’t known yet;
  • It’s remarkable how much people are willing to support you if you’re working on a project that’s basically about being happy;
  • If you’re able to put your heart in what you do, arbejdsglaede becomes something more than a word from a TED-talk
  • And last but not least: it’s to much fun not to do it.

Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.


About leyssensjan

Jan Leyssens is a designer and entrepreneur who strongly believes you can’t turn sustainability into a positive story if your main focus is on negative impact. When designing, he is always looking for the overlap between activism and entrepreneurship, technology and community. His main expertise lies in strategic business model development, Circular Economy, the makermovement, and social innovation. With a background in Industrial Design, Jan quickly shifted his focus towards business design and using the design process in strategic management. Jan is the father of two kids and founder & CEO of Regenerative Design, co-founder of Full Circle, ImpactBoost, and the Circular Design map, podcaster, storyteller, and changemaker.

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  1. Pingback: Hacker les RH : Pourquoi faire ? | Le Tank

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