TC Podcast - Episode 5: Utopia, Death, and the Modern Freelance Movement with Nita Baum of b*free


“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi

This conversation with Nita Baum was an exciting chance to dig deep into powerful social trends that are shaping the modern world of work.  With the awareness that 50% of the US workforce will be freelance/entrepreneur by 2020, we have yet another confirmation that we live in an era of great change. 

It was a little bit longer conversation than I have had with my guests until now, but worth every uplifting minute of it. 

Like every conversation which has come before on the TC Podcast, it was a wide-ranging one.  We go deep into the interdependence between individual and collective change, as well as B*Free's 5 values, and Nita's experience with the recent death of both parents and how their legacies live on through her.  It ends as a wish and a prayer for humanity and even a vision for perhaps how utopia can be realized.

Regardless of how proximate or possible utopia may actually be, it's hard to deny that it's worth working in that direction.  And similarly any vision of realizing our collective potential must consider the participation and inclusion of each one of us.  When you have been through what Nita's been through in the last few years, and had your heart break open, there is a thoughtfulness, clarity, and tenderness which grants a beautiful sense of perspective.  When that outlook is backed up by action in the world in service of others, wonderful things can happen.

I look forward to witnessing and participating in the evolution of B*Free, which is part of a much bigger movement than we currently comprehend.