September 17, 2020

The Promantic Era

we are living in the Promantic era. Much like the Romantics gave primacy to inspiration and individualism, the Promantic era elevates the professional self across the whole self. There is no longer a separation between professional development” and personal development.” All skills, experiences, and practices can be brought to bear on our professional and private lives. Who we are in work is who we are.

— Brian Dell in the latest issue of Little Futures

Why do I blog this?1

With work-from-home just becoming work this seems relevant. Also, as someone whose downtime is spent reading work related” things — a habit from years in academia — I feel seen.

Also (also) — subscribe to the newsletter I write in my spare time which is about things that are relevant to my work!


  1. Stealing this from Nicolas Nova’s old (?) practice so that this blog becomes slightly more than a collection of links.


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