Is Work Hiding in Plain Sight? Winter 2016

New Cambridge Center for Adult Education class meeting February 23, 2016. Here is the homework for our first meeting. Basic principles: We look at work with certain blinders created by class, education, the experience of others, as well as our own view of how work has worked out for us.  2) At a time when we are reconsidering our relationship to work, we need to widen our focus on what may be the relevant information we can draw upon for reimagining our work. 3) To do this we need to gain greater access to our life story, see what we are attracted to in life, revise what we may see are the essential works in our life, and be aware of long-standing themes and issues that may or may not help to shape our sense of purpose.  To these ends, the following exercises are meant to shed light.

1) List 15 important moments in your life (positive/ negative/ combinations of IMG_5514the two–not necessarily work related). There may said to be among the moments that have influenced your growth over time  Once you’ve listed them, doodle a scene or object that relates to that experience and write a few sentences about each of the 15 moments.


2) Use your camera like a journal and take pictures of the things you notice IMG_5580this week. Take at least 100 pictures.  Don’t worry about composition or lighting.  These are visual journal notes.  We’ll check for themes in what you record.



3) Come up with 5 job ideas a day and write a few sentences describing your version of that job idea.  These do not have to be job ideas for which you are qualified or would actually want to pursue once you reconsidered, but the goal here is to gain flexibility in coming up with ideas and letting the seeds within them germinate into something that does, in fact, have some impact for you.  Good luck

About kendalld

Bio for Kendall Dudley Kendall Dudley, MA, is a Career and Life Design consultant who works with individuals and organizations, teaches art and autobiography, and leads self-discovery journaling trips to Morocco. He presents at major conferences on career and life direction, runs grants-funded public art and writing projects, has taught at Tufts and Lesley Universities, and was career consultant at Harvard for 15 years. His current travel essays appear in books and journals; he’s appeared on TV and radio; and his novel, Speedway / A Racy, Comic Novel About Grief will be out in 2015. He has traveled to 36 countries, lived in 5, and launched his real life while a Peace Corps city planner in Iran! He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and Columbia University (MA) and pursues life-long interests in Islamic architecture, art, and adult development. A lifetime ambition: to design and take a group of travelers to Iran! Projects On The Front Burners: ARLINTON WRITES! 2014 / A town-wide journal writing project funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council YOUR ILLUSTRATED LIFE STORY / a 6 week project that invites people to draw, paint and write their life story; sponsored by Emerson Umbrella Center For the Arts, Concord MA WRITING FOR A WEEK: ISTANBUL / 2015 is a new project built around a writing workshop in the old city of Istanbul with excursions out into the old and new city each day. CURRENT WRITING PROJECTS: • Publishing “SPEEDWAY / A Racy, Comic Novel About Grief” that draws on Kendall’s travels through Tucson, Mothers, Marriage and Mayhem! • Writing and Distributing ADVENTURE TRAVELING IN YOUR OWN LIFE STORY: A A Journal Approach to Discovering Meaning and Direction in Life!
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