I need new knowledge so I am going to use the BDAL (Business Driven Action Learning) process.
If you go back to my father’s generation, almost all of my extended family worked in the private sector. The picture today is however very different. Nowadays 76% of my extended family either work directly for the private sector or are in receipt of pension / benefits from the state. So in one generation we have gone from almost zero to almost eighty percent depending on the private sector / state for our income.
Now while I find this turnaround astonishing, remember I come from a traditional manufacturing area, a recent development stunned me and that’s the reason for having to acquire new knowledge.
One member of my extended family, now a young adult, never had the traditional teenager Saturday or part-time jobs. Not for them the rite of passage of the part time jobs in the supermarket or hamburger bar. I didn’t think much about it the time. That person, now a young adult, has decided that they don’t want to work. They have no intention of seeking work according to those who know them better than I do. This isn’t someone who can’t find a job but rather someone who has decided not to work. I don’t understand that.
In some parts of the world not working would not be a choice but in this case the state has given them a two bedroom flat and a weekly living allowance. It isn’t in the best location but essentially having never contributed anything to the economy of the country they are now being provided with accommodation and a living allowance. I don’t understand that.
I need new knowledge so I will use the BDAL process to acquire that knowledge.
I am about to head off to a part of the world where I won’t routinely be able to write a blog. I will write when possible.