Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 of type Future15 about Careers and Enlightenment

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Saturday 10th March 2012

  • Eat Shit Sleep: Enlightenment Through Unemployment

    by Jordan Burchette

    After being sold a boom-era bill of goods that promised purpose through 9-to-9 editorial employment, my years of responsible labor gradually gave way to workahol abuse and, finally, workaholism. By the time I realized I had a problem, I was being laid off amid the sparsest job market in four generations. My resultant disillusionment touched off a wholly unspiritual journey that took me across China, Australia and Southeast Asia but, most importantly, my couch. It was there where I regained my sense of self, my sense of meaning and my sense of smell. (Unemployment isn’t so conducive to routine hygiene.) I had became a consumer again, making me a daywalker between those who produce content and those who read it. Being a shiftless non-contributor had realigned my perception.

    This is the triumphant story of one man’s search for enlightenment through unemployment that will culminate with this presentation.

    At 12:00pm to 12:15pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Texas Ballroom 4-7, Hyatt Regency Austin