"a way of life that does not try to separate life and work into two distinct and seemingly incompatible spheres, but instead meshes both into a new way of thinking about a life journey in the 21st century."
Her point is to find work that is personally exciting and fulfilling and that also allows you to enjoy the journey. Since work and life are blending anyway, why not do it a way that makes sense.
We're seeing many examples of LifeWorking in action in coworking spaces. The results of our recent survey of coworking members highlighted this. Key quote from the results presentation:
The boundaries between our work lives and personal lives are becoming increasingly permeable; we no longer rigidly split up our time between “work hours” and “non-work hours”.
Coworking members see their facilities as not just places of work, but also spaces where they meet other people and actively socialize. They're also places where they learn new skills and improve existing skills.
In other words, they're not just workspaces, they're LifeWorking spaces.
Ayelet pointed me to the great quote below, which unfortunately describes work for way too many people. The goal of LifeWorking is to change this.
If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment … all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky in The House of the Dead