508 #118: Confronting the Bad Economy

posted by Mike on July 1st, 2010

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s panel is Ian Anderson and Brendan Melican.

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This week we begin a series about how people in Worcester are confronting the Bad Economy. If you know someone with a story to share, contact us at pieandcoffee@gmail.com.

[0:10] We take a look at what drug stuff is on the ground this week.

[2:00] Mike reads a passage from Linchpin by Seth Godin:

The death of the factory means that the entire system we have built our lives around is now upside down. This is either a huge opportunity or a giant threat.

[2:36] Ian talks about his unexpected career as a carpenter/engineer/balloonist.

[21:36] Mike loaned his bike to someone who attended the G-20 summit protests in Toronto and the police hauled it off.

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  1. On July 24, 2010 at 00:31 Noah R. Bombard said:

    I think it’s people like Ian that have the best chance of making something in this economy. Being able to live inexpensively, as he described, really opens up a lot of opportunities to pave your own way and perhaps carve out a much more satisfying life than traditional 9 to 5ers. It’s the people with mortgages, kids, etc. that have the most difficulty reinventing themselves. They’re often unable to take that big risk that’s involved with starting over from scratch or developing a really creative idea. I don’t know how many times I’ve thought over the past couple of years, “Man, if only I could live off what I did when I was 25 the things I could do now.” But that’s often the difficulty — the wisdom comes later after your responsibilities have doubled.

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