This Friday’s CreativeMornings talk is on the topic of WORK. When I googled ‘work/word/origin’ the second listing was this exactly:

The Origin of the Word “Work” Is Closely Related To “Torture”…/the-origin-of-the-wordwork-is-closely-related-to-torture/

Jan 15, 2013 – The word peine, meaning penalty or punishment, also is used to signify arduous labour, something accomplished with great effort. The German Arbeit suggests effort, hardship and suffering; it is cognate with the Slavonic rabota (from which English derives “robot”), a word meaning corvee, forced or serf labour.

TERRIBLE right? Work has always gotten a bad rap—and its crazy origin is not doing it any favors. Work obviously needs a makeover because as far as we’re concerned, work is actually the activity that turned our creative dreams into employable reality.

‘Work’ is supposedly the thing that we get to do everyday that keeps the Shine engine rolling. Creating concepts for video, pitching ideas, getting them funded and making them real is the work. It’s not easy, but I certainly wouldn’t call it torture. I mean, what else are we going to do, stay in our pj’s all day and watch soaps? We gotta work, right?

Work doesn’t have to be a dirty word anymore! Work can (hopefully) be interesting, fulfilling and meaningful. Technology, communication and the ever-evolving-western-world-money-making landscape has made this a possibility. The new math of work can be: skills + knowledge + passion + consumer need = meaningful and sustainable employment—or sometimes if you’re lucky—million dollar idea.

Work just needs a new name. Any ideas out there?
This Friday, hear artist and writer Cara Ober talk about WORK and how she’s turned her passion for art and Baltimore into a jobby job called BmoreArt.
WHEN: Friday, November 20. Doors at 8:30 am
CM’S November WORK Theme Illustration by Detroit Wood Type Co.