Working for Free

Working for Free

Presented at reboot 10 in Copenhagen, Denmark, I focus on my practice of working for free, and talk about the benefits of this approach to engaging with clients.

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Peter Rukavina

June 27, 2008
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  1. working for free

  2. Raise the Dead of Wintertime A sighing wind brings heavy

    snow Every good woodcutter knows It fills the road and blocks the door It lays and stays and waits for more The Jeffery boys are strong and lean The best damn workers you’ve ever seen They’ll cut more wood than a horse can haul Near six chords before nightfall We’ll get up at the break of day And hitch the morgan to the sleigh And as we work we’ll sing a rhyme And raise the dead of wintertime Deep in the woods our fuel is born It meets the axe to keep us warm We trim the branches, pile it high And leave it for the wind to dry The yellow birch, the spruce so red And juniper to bake good bread Hard maple when the flame’s in doubt And cedar if the fire dies out And when at night we’re by the stove Our bellies full and our stories told The winds of winter might blow cold But none of us will feel it Allan Rankin “New Branches” Wild Garden Music 1995
  3. working for free

  4. is not...

  5. not charity

  6. not volunteering

  7. not interning

  8. not bartering

  9. not businesslike

  10. not altruistic

  11. and

  12. (perhaps)

  13. not rational

  14. working for free

  15. involves no...

  16. no selling

  17. no advertising

  18. no estimates

  19. no invoices

  20. no payroll

  21. no taxes

  22. no boss

  23. no meetings

  24. no fear of losing a job

  25. and

  26. no money

  27. working for free

  28. provides...

  29. creative license

  30. influence

  31. access

  32. equality

  33. power

  34. risk

  35. respite

  36. opportunity

  37. and

  38. freedom

  39. working

  40. is like prostitution

  41. working for free

  42. is like home-based sex

  43. huh?

  44. None
  45. None
  46. None
  47. procrastina tion

  48. o I- [ ]  [Casa Mia] o I -

    u () the talk
  49. o I- [ ]  [Casa Mia] o I -

    u () the talk
  50. o I- [ ]  [Casa Mia] o I -

    u () the talk
  51. None
  52. happy

  53. satisfied

  54. nothing more needed

  55. working for free

  56. None
  57. None
  58. selfish altruism

  59. targeted injections of free labour to enhance local sustainability

  60. working for free

  61. None
  62. • Find some “visioning” money to get hired as a

    consultant. • Negotiate contracts for services. • Hold meetings with potential stakeholders and users. • Prepare a report of findings, with suggestions for next steps. • Find additional funding to move to the practical planning stage. • Hold meetings with involved parties, negotiate responsibilities, reporting structure. • Develop action plan. • Proceed with project.
  63. called a meeting [ University] o I - [ ]

    --- --- --- - o I - [] ___ = \ -  o I- [ ] -
  64. another meeting [ University] o I - [ ] ---

    --- --- - o I - [] ___ = \ -  o I- [ ] -
  65. my work here is done [ University] o I -

    [ ] --- --- --- - o I - [] ___ = \ -
  66. happy

  67. satisfied

  68. nothing more needed

  69. cross-domain scripting

  70. leveraging contacts and personal curiousity to build business-academic partnerships

  71. working for free

  72. how to make it work

  73. trust each other

  74. or

  75. ignore each other

  76. not “almost free”

  77. not “a good deal”

  78. be clear about the basics

  79. passion is good

  80. small is good

  81. local is good

  82. be prepared for suspicion

  83. be prepared for rejection

  84. working for free

  85. why I love it...

  86. feeds my curiousity

  87. try out new ideas

  88. access to cool people

  89. access to “backstage”

  90. creative control

  91. influence my community

  92. and

  93. it’s fun

  94. working for free

  95. thoughts?