What is the most important aspect of working? Is it as simple as the money it puts in your pocket? Is it the people you work with? Or, is it the meaning you derive from what you do – the difference you make and the room you have for creative development? The Forum explores the notion of job satisfaction – what it means to us as individuals, and what difference it makes to a nation’s prosperity.
Nobel Prize winning economist Edmund Phelps explains why innovation is the key. Norwegian Philosopher Lars Svendsen describes why finding meaning in what you do is essential to job satisfaction. And, artist and photographer Dyanita Singh admits that creating something new is the key but it comes at a cost because it is all consuming.
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Lars Svendsen is professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen, Norway. He is the author of several books, including A philosophy of Evil (2010), A Philosophy of Boredom (2005), and Work (2008). He explores the part work and job satisfaction plays in the search for a meaningful life.
Dayanita Singh, Zeiss Ikon 1996, 2013
Dayanita Singh, Museum of Chance, 2013
Installation view, Dayanita Singh: Go Away Closer, Hayward Gallery, London, 2013.© the artist 2013 Photo: Stephen White.
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